The Winneshiek Medical Center Board of Trustees approved plans to open a family medicine and rehabilitation clinic in Ossian at their meeting Wednesday.

The vision of an Ossian-based clinic originated from leaders in Ossian after Gundersen Health System announced their plans to close their local clinic in March. On April 3, the Ossian Crown Club presented a "Petition of the People" containing approximately 850 signatures to the Winneshiek Medical Center Board of Trustees, requesting that "Winneshiek Medical Center fill a great need in our area by opening a clinic in the city of Ossian."

The Board's unanimous vote to proceed with the project followed months of analysis by Winneshiek Medical Center leadership, which included multiple discussions with members of the Ossian community.

"The residents of Ossian have been active participants and supporters of this project," said Gretchen Dahlen, WMC chief administrative officer.

"Their leadership and initiative prompted our team to research the feasibility of a clinic in Ossian. Winneshiek Medical Center looks forward to serving the needs of people in the southern townships of Winneshiek County and nearby communities."

The site of the new Winneshiek Medical Center Clinic in Ossian will be announced in the near future, with an anticipated opening next spring. Mayo Clinic Health System and Winneshiek Medical Center physicians, associate providers and therapists will provide full-time access to primary care services for all ages and regularly scheduled rehab services.

"We want to customize the care to meet the needs of the Ossian community," said Dr. William Remington, Mayo Clinic Health System ear, nose and throat surgeon and president of the medical staff at Winneshiek Medical Center. "This not only includes bringing Mayo Clinic Health System quality of care to the people, where they live, but other services like walk-in lab testing and rehabilitation as well."

"This project is a great example of what a difference cooperation can make," said Clark Goltz, member of the Winneshiek Medical Center Board of Trustees and long-time resident of Ossian.

"I credit the members of the Ossian Crown Club, area businesses and bankers, the city of Ossian and the individuals in and around the city of Ossian for advocating for local, quality health care."

"I am proud of the way the Ossian community has pulled together to make this possible. This is good news for the Ossian area," said Ossian Mayor Chuck Covell.

"We have had a very positive experience working with Winneshiek Medical Center," said Pam Buddenberg, president of the Ossian Crown Club. "We really feel Winneshiek Medical Center is committed to our health needs, and as a community, we are committing to support this clinic - it's a win-win situation."

To learn more about the new Ossian Clinic, or inquire about ways to support the project, contact the medical center at communityrelations@winmedical.org or call 563-382-2911.