CLYDE – Site work will begin the week of July 15 on a new, state-of-the-art, primary care clinic for Clyde Family Physicians at the northeast corner of Washington and N. High streets in Clyde.
The $1 million facility will include six modern exam rooms, a large procedure room, in-house laboratory and off-street parking. The 4,400 square-foot building will be fully handicap-accessible and will also include administrative spaces for the five providers who see patients at the facility, and the nursing and support staff.
At an informational meeting hosted by the Clyde Lions Club on July 8, Clay County Medical Center CEO Austin Gillard said he expected the building to be completed in January or February. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday at the site of the new facility. Gillard said the clinic effort in Clyde was a culmination of the last four years of change implemented during his tenure.
“Over the last four years, our team has implemented several changes necessary to adjust to the ever-changing healthcare landscape,” said Gillard. “With these changes implemented, we are now able to build a state-of-the-art primary care clinic in Clyde.”
He said the design of the new building addressed wishes and recommendations offered by patients about the current clinic, which is located in a building behind the Catholic church in Clyde, that they’ve been renting for almost 30 years. Going forward, he said they strive in the healthcare profession to be a part of something that makes a real, meaningful difference and they gain personal pride from improving the lives of their patients. He said the new building is part of that.
“Today, we need to look past this empty lot and see what is really unfolding – that is, the future of healthcare in our community,” said Gillard.
A fundraising campaign was also announced with a $150,000 goal to pay for furniture, fixtures and equipment for the clinic. The campaign will feature 14 room-naming opportunities for gifts between $5,000 to $25,000. There will also be a donor recognition board listing all donors to the campaign of any monetary level. The Clay County Hospital Foundation is coordinating the fundraising effort, led by Foundation Director Dan Thalmann, along with assistance from a Local Support Committee in Clyde. The campaign already raised $40,000 in the first week. The Local Support Committee (LSC) for the fundraising effort includes members: Art Baker, Steve Caron, Jamie Kegle, Terry Koch, AJ LeDuc, Mary Nicholas, Deb Ohlde, Tim Ohlde, Eric Sacco and Chris Wilson.
“This new facility is a large investment in the future of local healthcare in the region,” said Thalmann. “Funds raised through this campaign help solidify the viability of this new effort and ensure we will be able to provide the most modern medical care possible for our patients for many years to come.”
BHS Construction Inc. is building the facility. SPT Architecture is the design firm for the building.
Questions about the fundraising effort can be directed to Thalmann at 785-630-2489, or one of the LSC members.