Mercy Hospital celebrates one year of providing Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine in Oelwein
by Adam Amdor
Sometimes you can't wait to feel better. That's one reason why Mercy Hospital decided to bring urgent care to the community of Oelwein by adding Covenant Clinic Convenient Care and Occupational Medicine. This week the joint clinic marks one year since opening on the hospital's fourth floor.
Mercy Hospital was the first to offer urgent care and occupational medicine services in Oelwein. "We did this for our community," said hospital site administrator Terri Derflinger. "We are always looking at how we can innovate to better serve the people. This clinic has far surpassed our expectations."
Convenient Care is a walk-in urgent care clinic for individuals of all ages with no appointment necessary. Health care providers Michael Atherley, PA-C and Lori Dettmer, ARNP offer high-quality medical care for illnesses that are not life-threatening. In addition to urgent care, the clinic provides quality occupational health care to Oelwein businesses and their employees.
"We have rock star staff there," said Sharon McRae, manager of Convenient Care & Occupational Medicine. "They're able to serve both service lines seamlessly. I think the success of the clinic is due to their commitment to serving our patients no matter who walks in the door." McRae says her clinic has had approximately 10,000 visits in its first year of business.
East Penn Manufacturing Company was one of the first clients to sign on for Occupational Medicine services. "It is very important for us to work with a health provider that has vast occupational experience, open lines of communication, and is very attentive to our individual needs," said Laurie Heagy, East Penn's director of medical services. "We have found all of this working with Covenant Clinic and we look forward to growing our relationship into the future."
Patients can find Covenant Clinic Convenient Care & Occupational Medicine on the fourth floor of Mercy Hospital, at 201 8th Avenue SE in Oelwein. Patients of both services are seen 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.