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Doctor’s clinic opens Monday

Staff, patients enjoy spaciousness.

As she surveyed the sun-filled lobby of the new doctor’s clinic Monday morning, Irene Viter quipped that she could get lost in the spacious surroundings.

“It’s nice,” she said.

Irene was waiting, with her husband, Junior Viter, to see a doctor.

Junior described the clinic “as quite a place.”

Doctors, physician assistants and their staff moved furniture, office supplies and other items from Gothenburg Family Practice to the $2.9 million facility last Thursday and Friday.

Dr. Carol Shackleton, and other staff members, said they were glad to have breathing room in the new clinic.

“We were literally working on top of each other in the other facility,” Shackleton said, noting that staff worked between chart racks and storage cabinets and in hallways.

Dr. Jay Matzke and his physician assistant, Aaron Salomon, shared an office.

In the new clinic, each health-care provider (including physician assistants) has three examination rooms, a scale room for weighing patients plus separate areas for nurses and medical assistants near the provider for whom they work.

With 21 exam rooms for three physicans and physician assistants, there are extra rooms for new, younger doctors, which hospital officials hope to recruit.

Shackleton pointed out that providers shared eight exam rooms in the old clinic where they saw patients.

Bathrooms were also a problem.

A toilet facility was located in the waiting room in addition to another bathroom for patients and staff as well as a bathroom near the lab room.

The new clinic has a bathroom in each of the four hallways of provider exam rooms plus one for staff and two in the waiting room.

Stephanie Smith, a medical assistant to Shackleton, said it’s great staff has more room but noted that she’ll have to adjust to being not so close.

“Other nurses were right there to take a call or help out and now we’re so spread out,” Smith said.

Shackleton said the hospital board, of which she is a member, hasn’t decided what they’ll do with the original clinic, although several ideas are under consideration.

Meanwhile, as providers adjust to their new surroundings, she asked that the community “be patient with us.”

“We’re thrilled to be here but don’t have the kinks worked out yet,” Shackleton said.

Mike Millo, project superintendent, said he will remain on the job until hospital officials are satisified that everything is finished to their liking.

Sampson Construction, which is based out of Lincoln, started work on the 18,000 square-foot clinic last April.

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