Jan. 22, 2007

Dassel Medical Center's new building now open

Staff will continue to see patients, pack & move

By Lynda Jensen

A page of history was turned in the Dassel community with the relocation of the Dassel Medical Center today (Monday).

Patients may visit the new building today for appointments, which is located along Highway 12, just west of the old Thistlerose Tea Shoppe.

“It’s wonderful,” commented Trish Olson, PA-C, longtime caregiver in the community. “It will be bittersweet, with good memories . . . but we move on to new beginnings.”

New beginnings is exactly what it will be, since the new building offers expanded room and services.

“It’s a facility that matches the skill and talent of our staff,” commented Mary Ellen Wells, president of Hutchinson Area Health Care.

“Across the board, things are enhanced,” commented Mike Long, PA-C.

This includes newer X-ray equipment and updated phone systems, as well as enhanced provider services, including the services of full-time doctor Timothy Remple.

The new clinic, although built by Hutchinson Area Health Care, is courtesy of the people of Dassel, Olson said. “It’s not our clinic – it belongs to Dassel,” she said. “We thank them for their loyalty. This town is a wonderful inspiration,” she added.

During the move, providers will continue to see patients while they are packing and moving their supplies.

“We’re not stopping patient care,” Long reaffirmed.

An open house is being planned for Thursday, Feb. 15.

Fond memories

Many people will remember the old clinic building, located next to Peterson Pharmacy, which has served the medical needs of the community for so many years.

Olson, who has long practiced medicine there, will look over to the old building and “remember when,” she said.

The old building is a landmark in the community, being built in 1959.

It was home to Dr. Joseph Houts, who practiced in Dassel for more than three decades, starting in 1953.

His practice came to an end in the late 1980s, when he sold his practice to HAHC, which is where the Dassel Medical Center used to be.

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