The Ottumwa Courier

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June 21, 2012

Fairfield and Eldon team up for a clinic

ELDON — For years, Eldon residents have waited to walk in and receive medical care locally.

And now the Fairfield Clinic has announced it has leased a medical office building from the city of Eldon, according to Jolaine Coop, a clinic spokeswoman.

Coop said they plan to open an outreach clinic on July 10. Currently, the clinic will be open 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, with appointments from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Limited walk-in appointments will be available.

“The [clinic] will see established and prospective new patients at the Eldon office,” Coop said.

Eldon’s walk-in clinic will be known as the Fairfield Clinic Eldon Outreach.

During appropriate seasons, the clinic will treat influenza, do blood pressure checks and other small-scale treatments.

Eldon has long hoped for a walk-in clinic, something that Eldon originally had in the 1950s, Coop added.

“We haven’t finalized the services they’ll offer and are leaving options open for expansion of hours,” Coop said. “This will be a new venture for the [clinic]. We don’t have a phone number in Eldon yet, and we’re not sure how much history we have about the clinic.”

Eldon Mayor Shirley Stacey said Ottumwa Regional Health Center had a clinic in Eldon in the past but the hospital closed it in January 2009 when the contract was over.

“We started looking then for another tenant and have searched feverishly,” she said. “The [Fairfield clinic] and Eldon have been working on the walk-in clinic for two years.”

She said her committee talked to various hospitals in an effort to find someone interested in coming to a small town and operating a medical clinic.

“It’s been hard to find doctors who want to come to a small town,” Stacey said. “But, hospitals are realizing they need to reach out.”

For the elderly, it’s difficult just to find the transportation to get to a clinic or a hospital.

“At least here, people could get to the clinic for minor things,” she added.

Stacey said she’s also pleased the clinic will be associated with the Jefferson County Hospital, which will have the resources for additional medical care.

“I’m excited to get somebody in there who’s so nice to work with,” Stacey said.

Coop said the Fairfield Clinic is a family practice medical office, which was established in 1953. There are currently six providers serving the Fairfield area and surrounding communities.

Michael Poole, doctor of osteopathy, is a Keosauqua resident and Fairfield Clinic physician. He will alternate the scheduled days at the Eldon Clinic with Eilene Swartz of the Batavia area, who’s an advanced registered nurse practitioner.

 Coop said the phone number to use to schedule an appointment at the Eldon office is currently 641-472-4141. Those who do call should indicate they need the Eldon office.

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