By David Hotle, The JOURNAL
Washington County Hospital and Clinics (WCHC) has announced that the WCHC Kalona Clinic, located at 207 First Street in Kalona, will close its doors in late June.
WCHC foundation and marketing director Amy Vetter today cited the reason for the closure is due to patient volumes at the clinic being lower than necessary for the clinic to remain viable. In a news release, she stated that the clinic will remain open through most of June, with Friday, June 22, being the last day for patient visits. The clinic, which opened in November 2015, offered a full range of services for people of all ages. Patients will be notified by mail with options to transition care to one of the WCHC primary care clinics located in Washington or how to obtain and transfer their personal medical records.
?We aren?t losing any staff,? Vetter said. ?The nurse practitioner (Claire Harapat) will continue to serve and see patients through Washington County Hospitals and Clinics. She will be relocated to the Family Medicine Clinic here in Washington.?
Vetter said that there were also two other staff members at the clinic.
She said the staff members would be offered comparable positions within WCHC.
?We want to thank the community of Kalona for their support,? Todd Patterson, WCHC chief executive officer, said. ?It is never an easy decision to close a practice, and we value the trust patients have shown in allowing Claire and the Kalona Clinic staff to provide their medical care.?
According to the letter sent to patients, the hospital is offering to transfer health care services to the WCHC Family Medicine or the WCHC Medical Clinic, both in Washington.