Ed Smith
Ed Smith
May 1, 2013

St. Anthony Regional Hospital is scheduled to start providing care June 3 in a renovated clinic space that will allow the medical facility to continue expanding primary care and other services, CEO and president Ed Smith said Tuesday.

In a presentation to the Carroll Area Development Corp., Smith focused heavily on St. Anthony's leadership in a regional network of hospitals around Carroll County.

"We have regional in our name," Smith said.

Named to the top position last fall, Smith, a veteran administrator with St. Anthony, said collaboration with area health-care providers is one his chief missions.

According to the Iowa Hospital Association, St. Anthony has a medical staff of 28 physicians whose base of operation is in St. Anthony facilities.

"I think there's a value to physicians who have dedicated their lives to being our friends and neighbors," Smith said.

As the McFarland Clinic opened a new facility on South Grant Road in Carroll, it vacated space at St. Anthony, which the hospital has viewed as opening to enhance its services.

"We had a rare opportunity for internal expansion at the St. Anthony campus," Smith said.

The board directed Smith and other hospital leaders to repurpose the space. Smith said primary care will be consolidated in the modern area, and there's ample space for the recruitment of new physicians. The physicians will be close to St. Anthony's collection of specialists and other services, Smith said.

St. Anthony will hold an open house to showcase the improvements from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9.

Smith said the construction process has been seamless.

"When you come to St. Anthony, you don't get that cobbled-together feel," Smith said.