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Lutheran Health Wabash to open in May

by ANDREW MACIEJEWSKI - amaciejewski@wabashplaindealer.com

The Lutheran Health Wabash’s 300,000 square-foot medical office will feature a RediMed clinic and will open by the end of May, Dukes Hospital CEO Deb Close said.

The medical office will offer cardiology, radiology and physician services and will act as a central location for healthcare providers who frequently visit Wabash to provide care to local residents. It will be open Monday through Friday.

The RediMed side of the building will be open seven days a week to provide urgent care to patients from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Close said.

“We are extremely excited to be here though and to join forces with you guys,” Close told a crowd at Wellbrooke of Wabash on Thursday. “I’ve had to travel back and forth for appointments and things so I know how inconvenient that can get.”

The staff will include a full-time orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Dan Edwards. There will be a full laboratory, diagnostic imaging and room for specialists to provide care, Close explained.

“I’m most excited about being able to offer more services locally,” she said. “As you progress in life, that becomes more important to you, being able to get care locally, and it’s more important to the whole family. That convenience is just critical for small communities.”

Exterior construction is nearly complete, but crews still need to install driveways and make a few final changes when weather improves.

Right now the focus in on the interior of the building. This includes setting up equipment like the CT Scan and MRI.

Lutheran is currently working to fill positions for general practitioners. Close said there is a national shortage of family practice and general practitioners.

Close said there is talk about troubles attracting doctors to small communities.

“I challenge them with that because you’re just a number in a large community,” she said. “In a small town, small city, you are family.”

Services are geared toward people 18 and older, but Close said the clinic will look into adding pediatricians and additional services as it becomes a permanent part of the Wabash community.

“We’ll just really watch the needs of the community closely and that’s what we will react to,” Close said.

The clinic is located on the west side of Alber Street south of Miller’s Merry Manor East and west of Wellbrooke of Wabash.