Community Health Center expansion promises brighter, bigger space

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30 Jul 2017


Joe Sutter

After about a year of work, a $1.6 million expansion project is complete at the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge.

The clinic at 126 N 10th St. has doubled its number of dental labs and nearly doubled the number of medical exam rooms, to better serve an increasing need.

“We had about 10,000 square feet of undeveloped space in the old Joselyn (Printing) building that was basically just used for storage,” said Colleen Koester, chief operating officer for the center.

Thanks to that new space, there are now eight dental ops, instead of four; and the center has gone from 11 to 21 exam rooms, Koester said. There are also new office spaces. But what visitors might notice first is the completely redesigned entry, which is now located farther south in the building.

“Before, we had two check-in locations,” she said. “Now, there’s one main check-in window.”

There will be a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14, followed by an open house to show the new space until 6 p.m.

The center served 6,339 people in 2016, up from 5,886 patients in 2015, and the additional space was needed.

“We’ve always had excellent staff to meet people’s healthcare needs,” said Chief Executive Officer Renae Kruckenberg. “Now we have an expanded, welcoming facility to serve even more people and offer more resources, including mental health services for adults and children.”

Kruckenberg was instrumental in getting a $1 million grant through the Health Infrastructure Investment Program, Koester said.

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