March 12, 2007

New Lester Prairie Medical Clinic opens today

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

The long-awaited Lester Prairie Medical Clinic at 1024 Central Avenue in Lester Prairie opens its doors today.

The new Lester Prairie Medical Clinic has 8,000 square feet and it is handicapped-accessible, making it easier for people to get in and out of the facility. It includes nine exam rooms, a medical record storage area, medical imaging, a lab, and the latest technology.

The x-ray machine, itself, has been replaced with a cutting-edge digital x-ray system, supplied by Fuji Medical Systems.

With this system x-ray exams are stored on computer. The x-ray is transmitted to a radiologist in seconds for reading. This technology will get results back to the patient in hours instead of days, as was the case with the old standard x-ray films.

The exposure to the patient needing x-rays is reduced because of the ability to fine tune images on the computer monitor rather than retake an image due to it being excessively light or dark.

Should a patient require copies of an exam, whether it is a CT, MRI, or an x-ray, it will simply be “burned” on to a CD/DVD type of media and sent with the patient or directly to the requesting physician.

The copies will be exactly the same as the original and will not need to be returned to the clinic. The cost savings in both copying and storing images will benefit the patient, clinic, and the environment for it will no longer be necessary to flush toxic chemicals from the film processor down the drain.

This clinic is a satellite office of Glencoe Regional Health Services (GRHS), and offers the full range of medical care one would expect from a doctor’s office.

GRHS is planning a grand opening for the Lester Prairie Medical Clinic, and will be sending out fliers to area residents letting them know the date and time.

The following physicians are available at the Lester Prairie Medical Clinic: Anne Jacob, MD, family medicine; Dennis Jacobson, MD, family medicine; Kristine Knudten, MD, family medicine; Bryan Peterson, MD, family medicine; Peter Smyth, MD, internal medicine; Douglas Wagoner, MD, family medicine; Curt Forst, MPA-C, physician assistant; Bridey Boese, CNP, nurse practitioner.

The phone number at the clinic is (320) 395-2527. The direct appointment line is open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To call for an appointment, call (320) 864-7816 or toll free 800-869-3116.

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