Herington Heartland Health Care Clinic in Progress
Thursday, January 18, 2024
Things are moving along nicely with the plans for a rural healthcare clinic in Herington, Kansas. Heartland Health Care Clinic (HHCC) will have a second location operating with a three-person staff very soon.
After the closing of Herington Municipal Hospital, Memorial Health System (MHS) immediately sprang into action to ensure the Herington community had healthcare available in their community. Memorial Health communicated to the former Herington staff and patients to let them know there were job openings available in Abilene, and plenty of room to take new patients among the providers.
“Dickinson County is our home too, and our number one concern after the news of the hospital closing was to make sure that the Herington community knew we were there for them,” said Harold Courtois, Memorial Health System CEO. “Abilene, or any other city
surrounding Herington for that matter, may still be a little too far for some of the Herington residents to travel for healthcare. MHS already has a Home Health and Hospice location in Herington, so it makes sense that we would find a way to help with other healthcare needs. It is our hope to bring some relief to the current situation the Herington community has been left in.”
Opening a business requires money and several administrative tasks to complete before welcoming customers. For businesses that provide healthcare, there is even more work beyond what the local city government requires. Past that, there are state and federal guidelines and regulations that must be in place and unfortunately, these things take time.
“We wish it was as easy as finding a space, putting a provider there, and opening the doors to start seeing patients,” explained Courtois. “We were very fortunate to find a space located at 18 N Broadway, conveniently located across the street from our Home
Health and Hospice location, and within walking distance to Kay’s Pharmacy. The building needs a little work before we can be in operation.” Previously the property provided eye care services, so it was a good layout for what MHS would need in order to see patients. The Maintenance Department at MHS has been working non-stop to get this office space prepared to include the building of two more exam rooms; giving the clinic a total of four exam rooms when it is complete. There is a great space that is being
converted into a small lab area and another area for a nurse station. There is an office for the provider, and the building already comes with a beautiful reception area.
MHS was able to start seeing this project move forward in Herington with the help of some very important investors who are dedicated to seeing the success of the project. On January 2, Thatcher Moddie, Herington City Manager, presented a check to Courtois for $5,000.00 from the City of Herington.
Courtois is cautious to give an exact date that the clinic will be open to see patients, but he said, “We are shooting for some time in March, if everything goes as planned.”