Herald JournalHerald Journal, Oct. 10, 2005

GRHS plans new clinic in Lester Prairie

By Lynda Jensen

A brand new medical clinic, to be located in Lester Prairie, is in the works for Glencoe Regional Health Services, which is in the process of purchasing a 14-acre parcel of farmland from Hillard Klaustermeier.

Construction is slated to begin in about six months, according to clinic officials.

The end result will mean closing the aging, existing facilities in both Winsted and Lester Prairie.

Glencoe Regional Health Services is working with the City of Lester Prairie to rezone the property from agricultural to commercial status.

“Our current clinics in Lester Prairie and Winsted were built in the 1950s. Health care has changed a lot since then and, while we’ve kept our buildings as up-to-date as possible, the time has come to start over and create a state-of-the-art clinic from the ground up,” said John Bergseng, D.O., a general surgeon and vice president of medical affairs at Glencoe Regional Health Services.

When construction is complete and the new clinic in Lester Prairie opens, Glencoe Regional Health Services plans to close its current clinics in Lester Prairie and Winsted, consolidating all services at the new location.

Bergseng noted that combining two clinics into one will allow Glencoe Regional Health Services to offer five days of service with one or often times two doctors on site.

Currently, the Lester Prairie medical clinic is normally open five days a week, and the Winsted medical clinic is open three and a half days a week, each with one physician.

The new consolidated location will bring more physicians under one roof so the clinic can be open five days a week, sometimes with one, and sometimes with two physicians.

A grand opening date for the new clinic has not been set.

Glencoe Regional Health Services was founded in 1941.

It includes a 25-bed hospital, a 110-bed nursing home and a 40-unit independent senior housing complex in Glencoe, and physician clinics in Glencoe, Lester Prairie, Stewart and Winsted. Glencoe Regional Health Services is continuously upgrading its facilities and services to meet the changing needs of the growing communities it serves.

It opened a new outpatient clinic facility and major renovation of its hospital birthing area in 2002, and is currently planning for major reconstruction of its hospital beds and medical imaging services.

As construction gets underway in Lester Prairie, Glencoe Regional Health Services will keep the community informed with informational updates via the Herald Journal, and its newsletter, Touching Lives.

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