The doors of a new $4.2 million medical clinic will open for the first time Monday to the public.

The Mercy Medical Clinic hosted a ribbon-cutting and gave tours of the new building Thursday, though it will begin seeing patients as part of the clinic and the quick care Monday.

The new clinic is located on the Mercy Medical Center-Centerville campus, and is now connected via a climate controlled hallway. Hospital leaders say it’s the first phase of a master facilities plan that includes other updates to the hospital.

It’s the first major upgrade to the hospital since 1997. The new addition includes 26 exam rooms, three lab spaces, four procedure rooms, two waiting rooms and nurses’ stations.

Fifteen practitioners can be housed inside the new clinic, up from 10 in the previous space.

The announced cost of the clinic improvement was $4.2 million.

“We put a lot of planning into this,” Mercy Medical Center-Centerville interim president Ann Young said. “There were a lot of visits to other facilities to try to make this something to be proud of in Centerville, but also a good space for our patients and our staff to work.”

Dr. Dave Fraser, the senior physician and clinic director, said it was nice to see the plan come to life.

“I’m amazed at how closely it turned out to the picture that I had in my head,” Fraser said. “That’s somewhat unusual. You start out with a really grand design and cost come in to play and things start getting paired down and pretty soon it’s more basic. But this place is beautiful, and I think it’s going to service well and for years to come.”

The clinic was built by Russell Construction out of Davenport, and designed by Marasco Healthcare Architecture out of Denver, Colorado.

The former clinic space on the north side of the campus will be renovated and repurposed into other spaces. The hospital is eyeing remodels and expansions of several areas as part of their master facilities plan, including the emergency room, radiology and pre- and post-operating services.

The Mercy Clinic will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Quick Care clinic will be open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Kyle Ocker can be reached at kocker@dailyiowegian.com or by calling the newsroom at 641-856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

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Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Daily Iowegian. Prior to becoming editor, Ocker was a correspondent, sports editor and associate editor at the Daily Iowegian, and was the managing editor of the Knoxville Journal-Express.

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