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Workers put the finishing touches on the lobby of the Iowa Specialty Hospital and Clinics' Garner facility on Thursday.

More than 20 people worked on the finishing touches of the Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics facility in Garner Thursday morning ahead of its open house.

An open house will be held from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the new integrated care clinic, 840 Highway 18 W. The event, held in conjunction with the city’s annual Duesey Days celebration, will feature tours, giveaways and refreshments.

“We’re having an open house when the dust is still settling just because we want people to come in and see it and feel comfortable, but we want that to happen before we have all the protected health information about,” said Dr. Renee Diamond, a family medicine with obstetrics practitioner at the facility.

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The Iowa Specialty Hospital and Clinics' Garner facility will hold an open house on Saturday prior to opening to patients on Monday. 

Construction on the new 8,000-square-foot clinic began in October, but winter and spring weather delayed its opening a month. It’ll open to patients Monday.

The facility features a lobby, nurses’ stations and 20 exam rooms as well as laboratory, radiology and procedure rooms.

The clinic will offer family medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, occupational medicine, weight management, podiatry and orthopedics, as well as counseling and psychiatric medication services for all ages.

“We have a pretty broad complement of specialists that’ll be here,” Diamond said.

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Dr. Renee Diamond talks about the services available to patients at the Iowa Specialty Hospital and Clinics' Garner facility on Thursday.

Diamond and Jennifer Scott, a family medicine advanced registered nurse practitioner, will be the Garner Clinic’s full-time providers. Visiting providers include Amy Davidson, counseling and therapy; Jackie Dohlman, family medicine and women’s health; Carrie Reese, general surgery; Charles Mooney, occupational medicine; Andrew Odland, orthopedics; Caleb Aswegen, pediatrics; Michele Koerner, podiatry; Abbie White, psychiatric medication services; and Jody Horstman, weight management.

Diamond, who wrapped up her practice at the Clarion Clinic last summer, has several patients from Hancock County who’ve followed her to the Clear Lake and Belmond clinics prior to the new clinic’s opening.

“It’s always exciting to meet a new group of people,” she said. “Every patient has their unique story and I really look forward to connecting to people individually and understanding how I can help them along their journey.”

The Garner Clinic is among nine Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics facilities in Iowa. Others are located in Belmond, Boone, Clarion, Clear Lake, Fort Dodge, Hampton, Webster City and West Des Moines.

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A finished examination room at the Iowa Specialty Hospital and Clinics' Garner facility on Thursday.

The temporary clinic in Clear Lake, which opened in November to serve area patients until the Garner Clinic was completed, closed in late June. The Gabrielson Clinic for Women, 401 S. 17th St. in Clear Lake remains open.

“We want to do everything we can to keep patients in our system for continuity of care,” said Kim Marker, a spokeswoman with Iowa Specialty Hospital.

Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics is working with the Garner Chamber of Commerce on a ribbon-cutting ceremony once the facility’s landscaping is complete.

The Garner Clinic will be open from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information or to schedule an appointment at the Garner Clinic, call 641-925-1500.

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Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.


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