The south doors to St. Anthony Regional Hospital will become the main entrance for the expanded St. Anthony Clinic. Renovations will begin this fall with a completion date of June 2013. Daily Times Herald photo by Jeff Storjohann
The south doors to St. Anthony Regional Hospital will become the main entrance for the expanded St. Anthony Clinic. Renovations will begin this fall with a completion date of June 2013. Daily Times Herald photo by Jeff Storjohann
Thursday, August 30, 2012

 St. Anthony Regional Hospital today announced plans to relocate and expand its Carroll-based family practice and OB/GYN clinics. The project paves the way for additional growth in the St. Anthony medical clinic system by adding physicians and specialties in the new clinic to provide primary medical services to the Carroll community on the hospital campus, SARH officials say.

 The move comes as McFarland Clinic prepares to depart the St. Anthony campus and locate at a new facility in the final stages of development on Grant Road in the southern part of Carroll. McFarland’s lease with St. Anthony expires Nov. 1.

 Construction on St. Anthony’s re-purposing project will begin in November and be completed in June 2013. Architects for the project are Horty Elving & Associates, and construction manager is Graham Construction.

 General contractor for the project is Badding Construction, and Drees Company is the mechanical and electrical contractor.  

 “We’re proud of using local contractors,” said SARH interim CEO Ed Smith. “We’ve had a history of this.”

 Providers seeing patients in the new clinic include family medicine specialists, Brian Pratt, M.D.; David Nystrom, D.O.; Tina Flores, M.D.; and Hope Jensen, ARNP. Pediatricians Karla Cheney, M.D., and Tina Hahn, M.D., provide an enhanced focus on caring for children. Nelson Lo, M.D., provides specialized obstetrical and gynecologic care for women.  The new clinic will offer electronic health records, in-clinic imaging including ultrasound, bone-density testing, and X-ray. Patients will find easy access to the clinic’s first floor location from parking on the south side of the hospital.

 “We see combining the Family Care Physicians Clinic and OB/GYN Consultants Clinic into what will become known as the St. Anthony Clinic, on the first floor of the Community Health Center, as an investment in the health of our community that opens up many options for the expansion of services on campus and helps St. Anthony provide more options to patients,” Smith said.

 “This is an exciting time for everyone associated with St. Anthony,” Smith continued. “This illustrates St. Anthony’s commitment to providing a continuity of primary care on our campus.”

 Once complete, the newly created clinic area will be set up to provide a patient friendly experience. The new clinic space will be patient-centric, with enhanced patient flow and direct access to diagnostic evaluations and treatment.

 The clinic design reflects St. Anthony’s tradition of delivering highly personalized service to the Carroll area, hospital officials say.

 “Our goal was to offer our patients a comforting, healing environment that is conveniently located on the  St. Anthony campus to meet all of their health-care needs,” Smith said.

 The design-planning process began months ago and focused on using space and resources wisely to help make a trip to the doctor’s office as pleasant and efficient as possible.