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New Primary Care Clinics to Open in Shellsburg & Central City

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To care for the sick and enhance the health of the communities we serve, guided by the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy.

Providing convenient and accessible healthcare is an important part of the Mercy mission. In support of this, MercyCare is pleased to announce the expansion of services to Shellsburg and Central City this summer. Two new primary care clinics will help meet the growing demand for quality healthcare in Benton and northern Linn counties.

Working closely with the president of Rock Ridge Assisted Living Center, which has adjoined space for a primary care clinic, MercyCare Shellsburg will bring The Mercy Touch® to the community in July. The existing clinic at 401 Canton St. NW will close at the end of June, and some minor renovations are scheduled to begin in early July, taking just a few weeks.

With the help of Central City leaders and Central City Mainstreet, MercyCare Central City will open in August. The city has approved a local economic development grant to aid in building renovations at 4659 Hwy 13, the location of the new primary care clinic. Renovations are scheduled to begin in May and take approximately three months.

Each clinic will be staffed by a full-time nurse practitioner with supervision from MercyCare Center Point physicians Paul Thomas, DO, and John Lancaster, MD. The clinics will be equipped with the latest medical technology and will utilize Mercy’s electronic medical record, Epic, allowing for seamless coordination of care.

MercyCare leaders are grateful for the strong relationships being built in these communities and are happy to improve access to Mercy’s high quality care for Central City and Shellsburg area residents.

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