Fremont Area Medical Center to Open Clinics in Wahoo and Waterloo
Thursday, December 19, 2013
FREMONT, NE – December 18, 2013: Fremont Area Medical Center (FAMC) has announced plans to open two new medical clinics, one in Wahoo and one near Waterloo. Both clinics are slated to open this summer. FAMC and its subsidiary, Health Care Professionals, already own and operate several family and specialty clinics throughout the region.
“Plans are still being finalized,” says Patrick Booth, President and Chief Executive Officer at FAMC, “but our hope is to provide daily primary care coverage in both clinics.”
The new Lake Wanahoo Medical Clinic will be located north of Wahoo on Highway 109, and West Shores Medical Clinic will be part of the West Shores residential lake development at the intersection of Highway 275 and West Dodge Road.
While individuals from Dodge County make up the biggest portion of those seeking services at FAMC, there are a significant number from Burt, Saunders, and Washington, and to a lesser degree, Cuming and Colfax counties. And many Fremont physicians already see patients in outreach clinics in Blair, Arlington, West Point, Wahoo, Columbus, Creighton, Osmond, and Plainview.
“FAMC and the Fremont physicians have been serving Saunders County residents for many years,” says Booth. “We feel it is in the best interest of our patients to bring services closer to them, and ensure they have a choice when it comes to healthcare providers.”
Although FAMC is considered a community hospital and is owned by Dodge County, the Medical Center’s state-of-the-art technology and wide range of services draw patients from a much larger region. FAMC offers many services that aren’t available in hospitals outside of Omaha or Lincoln.
“Most hospitals our size aren’t able to offer interventional cardiology services, robotic assisted surgery, joint replacement, or a wound clinic,” explains Booth. “All things being equal, many patients find it more convenient to get those services in Fremont – a town and hospital that’s easier to navigate and provides a level of personal service that may not be provided at the largest medical facilities. When it comes to something like cancer treatments, some of which are administered five days a week, it can be much more convenient and comfortable to get those services in Fremont.”
According to Booth, Fremont Area Medical Center has become much more than a “community hospital”, it has evolved into more of a “health system”.
FAMC already operates clinics in the region: The Center for Wound Healing; Fremont Cardiovascular Specialists; Fremont Family Care (Dodge, North Bend); Fremont Medical Associates – Complete Adult Care; Fremont Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine; Health Care for Women; Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine clinic; Psychiatric Services of Fremont; The Surgical Group; and West Omaha Orthopaedics. And acquisition of the Fremont Surgical Center will be official in February.
As physician practices are pressured to meet the requirements of healthcare legislation and other changes in the healthcare environment, there is a national surge in the number of physicians choosing to be employed by hospitals, which also means acquisition of their independent clinics, Booth says.
“We are continually looking at how we can better serve that broader, regional area, in order to make sure great care is easily accessible to everyone. With a greater emphasis being placed on wellness and keeping people OUT of the hospital, it means having easy access to your primary care physician is even more important.”