Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Iowa to Expand Services in Oelwein
by Adam Amdor
With the need of the community in mind, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa (Wheaton Iowa) is set to open a new clinic in Oelwein this year, which will house both Covenant Clinic Convenient Care and Covenant Clinic Occupational Medicine & Wellness. Renovations are currently underway on the fourth floor of Mercy Hospital. Covenant Clinic will be the first in the Oelwein community to offer urgent care and occupational medicine services.
"We want to continue to offer services that meet the needs of the community," says Terri Derflinger, site administrator of Mercy Hospital. "We'll be ready to serve the community in just a few short months!"
Covenant Clinic Convenient Care provides high quality, convenient medical care for all illnesses that are not life-threatening. Patients can visit when their primary care provider’s office is closed, when they are unable to schedule a convenient appointment with their regular provider, or when they can’t wait to feel better. This is a walk-in clinic, and no appointment is necessary.
"Our goal is to increase access for families, and this is especially important in rural Iowa," said Jeff Halverson, Vice President of Covenant Clinic. "We know the need exists now, and we're eager to provide the services for the community."
In addition to Convenient Care, Covenant Clinic Occupational Medicine & Wellness will provide quality and convenient occupational health care to Oelwein businesses and their employees. "Our staff understands keeping employees safe and healthy is an important factor to the productivity of business," says Derflinger. "We expect businesses already using our occupational medicine services to be very excited for this enhancement." As a part of the Covenant Clinic network, the staff will have additional support from Occupational Medicine & Wellness offices in Cedar Falls.
This joint Covenant Clinic office will be located on the fourth floor of Mercy Hospital, at 201 8th Avenue SE in Oelwein. The clinic plans to open by the end of this year.