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Supervisors give update on clinic

Public Health to move into its new home in August

The work continues on the remodeling of the former Webster City Medical Clinic, according to Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Doug Bailey. Bailey said the next group to move into the facility will be Hamilton County Public Health.

“We believe it will be Aug. 15 when they will actually open up at the clinic building,” he said. “We got a little bit behind, but the sheet rocking should be done this week or awfully close to being done. Then the finishing will begin.”

Public Health will join Upper Des Moines Opportunity and HeadStart in the building.

Bids for the remodeling of the mental health drop in center planned for the western part of the building, are expected to be let by the end of August, according to Bailey, with an anticipated late fall start date for construction.

The supervisors, along with Central Iowa Community Services and Van Diest Medical Center, announced the plans for the peer-support drop in center, The Roundhouse, in May. The Roundhouse will offer a comfortable, safe place for people with mental illnesses to congregate and socialize, officials said, while working together in a peer setting and supporting each other to recovery.

Central Iowa Recovery, under the direction of Tim Bedford, will operate the center.

The former Webster City Medical Clinic was given to the county by Van Diest Medical Center, following the acquisition and merger of the clinic with the Van Diest Family Health Clinic in 2017.

The stipulated use of the building is to be for mental health services and other health-care related services for the community.

Drs. Subhash Sahai, Sushma Sahai and Anil Sahai opened the Webster City Medical Clinic in 1983. The clinic building has been vacant since the merger with VDMC.

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