The new Ridgeview-Howard Lake Clinic will open for business Tuesday, Feb. 10.
A partnership between Ridgeview Medical Center of Waconia and the City of Howard Lake, the facility is currently staffed by Martin Dvorak, M.D., Kevin White, D.O., and Catherine Trimble, PA-C. Dvorak and White are specialists in internal medicine, and Trimble is a certified physician assistant. Specialists in obstetrics-gynecology and ortho-paedics will be added to the staff in the next few months.
Doug Borglund, city administrator, has been working with Ridgeview for several months to reopen the clinic, which had closed last June due to the retirement of Dr. Rok Shin. The city has provided funds for refurbishing the facility.
"We feel strongly that the clinic is a vital part of Howard Lake," said Borglund. "It provides a service that every growing community should have, just like a bank and a post office. Everyone is very positive about the clinic's reopening. We trust that it will be very successful, providing another draw for our downtown area."
Trimble, who will be at the clinic four days a week, has been a nurse for 13 years and a physician assistant for five years. She received her nursing degree from Willmar Community College and her physician assistant degree from University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Fork. Trimble also holds a bachelor of science in community health and health education.
She is qualified to treat a wide range of patients from newborns to geriatric cases, and addresses everything from complete physicals and well child care to acute problems such as lacerations and broken bones.
Trimble is looking forward to meeting the residents of Howard Lake and surrounding areas.
"I'm from a small town myself, and believe that I recognize what people want and need in medical care," she said.
Drs. White and Dvorak, who practice at Chanhassen Medical Center, will each see patients one day per week at the Howard Lake facility. White received his medical degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa, and his training in internal medicine, as well as an additional year's training in critical care and endoscopy, at Botsford General Hospital, Detroit.
Dvorak, a native of Belle Plaine, received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Minnesota. His residency was completed at University Hospitals and Clinics, Ramsey County Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Hospital. His specialty was general internal medicine.
"I understand how important a hometown clinic is to Howard Lake and I feel this is an opportunity to serve in this community. I am also from a small town and am looking forward to meeting the people of Howard Lake," commented Dvorak.
The Ridgeview-Howard Lake Clinic is a link to a broad network of health care resources. Its primary hospital affiliation is Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, which provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient medical/surgical care as well as a specialized group of outreach services including home care, sports medicine, occupational health and community education.
Ridgeview-Howard Lake accepts most insurances; for those without insurance, payment plans are available.
Bob Stevens, Ridgeview President and CEO, said, "Part of our mission is to work with communities within our service area to ensure that health care is available as close to home as possible. Howard Lake is a natural extension of Ridgeview's mission statement."