St. Anthony Regional Hospital president and CEO Ed Smith provides a tour of the new St. Anthony Clinic. Tours of the clinic, which brings together a number of disciplines and services, will be offered during an open house Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.
St. Anthony Regional Hospital president and CEO Ed Smith provides a tour of the new St. Anthony Clinic. Tours of the clinic, which brings together a number of disciplines and services, will be offered during an open house Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.
June 5, 2013

St. Anthony Regional Hospital has opened a $2.3 million renovated-and-expanded clinic, brimming with patient comforts, efficiencies and state-of-the-art medical technology. The health-care center, which serves a wide swath of west-central Iowa, plans to showcase the St. Anthony Clinic Sunday during an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is open to the public. Tours and refreshments will be provided.

"This was an opportunity for us to gain efficiencies in how we provide medical care on our campus," said Ed Smith, president and CEO of St. Anthony.

The St. Anthony Clinic developed in space once occupied by the McFarland Clinic, now located on South Grant Road.

Smith and Gary Schroeder, vice president for networking, said the design of the 15,000-square-foot St. Anthony Clinic is aimed squarely at improving the patient experience.

"Going to the doctor just got easier," Schroeder said.

The St. Anthony Clinic combines specialists in family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN and pediatrics in one setting.

St. Anthony officials say the combined specialties will better serve people in the greater Carroll area with comprehensive services right on the St. Anthony campus. The holistic clinic approach combines with the broad array of services offered by the hospital making a one-stop destination for patients needing acute, chronic and wellness medical care., St. Anthony's leadership team said in a recent interview with The Daily Times Herald.

The new clinic brings together board-certified providers all in one location.

Dr. Nelson Lo, M.D., specializes in women's care with both obstetrical and gynecological services. Lo, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School, obtained his residency training at West Virginia University.

Family medicine specialists include Dr. Brian Pratt, M.D., a graduate of the Ross University School of Medicine who did his residency in family medicine at the Mercy Health System-affiliated program in Janesville, Wisc. Hope Jensen, advanced registered nurse practitioner, completed advanced practice nursing education in family medicine at Creighton University in Omaha. Dr. David Nystrom, D.O., attended Des Moines University College of Medicine and completed residency at the University of Iowa-affiliated Siouxland Medical Education Foundation in Sioux City.

Dr. Tina Flores Schechinger, M.D., attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and completed her family medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Internal medicine specialist Dr. Mark R. Collison attended medical school and completed his internal medicine residency at Creighton University in Omaha. He has additional education and qualifications in geriatrics.

Pediatrician Dr. Karla Cheney, M.D., completed medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and did her residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Raymond Blank Memorial Hospital for Children in Des Moines.

The clinic has a restful environment tailored to patients' special needs. Large, well-appointed examination rooms and special procedure rooms permit physicians to immediately attend to patient's needs. Private waiting rooms help assure privacy and confidentiality. Innovative décor is designed to assist patients in finding their destinations in the clinic.

Smith highlighted the presence of several quiet, reflective areas for patients and their families in the full hospital.

The clinic has the latest technology to assist in caring for patients. An all new general X-ray examination room, ultrasound unit and bone-density scanner are located in the clinic. The new technology is digital so that examinations can be promptly sent to St. Anthony's on-site radiologist Dr. Robert McCleeary, M.D. for interpretation.

"Having a radiologist immediately available is a great asset to patients which assures patients of prompt, expert services by a local specialist with a proven reputation," said Nystrom. "Our patients needing MRI, CT or other advanced radiology examinations can easily move to the hospital's radiology department located just down the hall from the clinic. We are also very pleased that the examinations will be performed by technicians from the radiology department whose special skills and experience ensure skilled examinations are done."

Collison added, "I appreciate that we will continue to have additional laboratory testing available in the clinic. It is so often helpful to have results to use in teaching patients about their care while they are still in the clinic. The hospital's laboratory is next door to the clinic when we need advanced testing for our patients. I especially like that I can easily talk to our pathologist, Dr. Jedd Hagen, when questions come up regarding tests and biological samples."

A newly implemented electronic health record interfaces with the hospital electronic medical record system to integrate care. The system lets physicians' examinations be recorded using special features including voice recognition that permit doctors' notes to be immediately available to enhance care.

In the event patients need hospital services, office records are immediately available to professionals providing care at the hospital. A clinical summary of the visit will be available to each patient when their clinic visit is finished and information can be available electronically to assist patients needing care from other organizations. Patients needs for routine monitoring and checkups can be entered into the record so as to provide reminders when needed care should be obtained.

Should the need arise the emergency department at the hospital is just steps from the clinic, assuring that medical emergencies can be dealt with immediately.

"Sometimes an emergent situation will actually take place at the doctor's office," Smith said.

An added convenience is provided with a retail pharmacy near the clinic entrance provided by trusted staff from the Clinic Pharmacy of Carroll.

There is also key close proximity to general surgeons from Western Iowa Surgery (Drs. Josh Smith, Ronald Cheney, and Marc Miller); orthopedic surgery from Des Moines Orthopedic Surgeons (Dr. Thomas Dulaney); ophthalmology from Dr. Lou Ann Kiessling; ENT from Wellendorf ENT (Dr. Tracey Wellendorf) and cardiology from the Iowa Heart Center.

Planning for the new clinic began over a year ago.

The planning was undertaken by clinic providers and staff members who used their experience in providing health care to the design of the clinic.

Architects Horty-Elving from Minneapolis provided clinic design and engineering expertise along with skilled interior design. Their lengthy experience in designing health-care environments, combined with their years of experience working on St. Anthony's other facility construction and improvements, provides a consistent, cohesive integration of the clinic with the remainder of the hospital.

Local craftsmen and firms provided construction of the clinic. Those included Badding Construction, Drees Company for electrical and mechanical systems, Carroll Glass, Janning Tile and Heinrich floor coverings.

"Using local construction assured that we had not only a timely, quality facility but they support directly the local economy," Smith said. "Local materials suppliers were utilized to the extent possible."