KEARNEY — Good Samaritan Medical Group-Family Medicine officially dedicated its new facility Thursday afternoon.
Under bright sun and brisk winds, Dr. Brittani Moeller cut the ribbon at the building at 3320 Ave. A, assisted by Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce members Michaela Lewis and board chairman Jeff Hinrichs.
Moeller is one of the clinic’s three new physicians. The others, Drs. Jenna Derr and Danielle Wooldrik stood beside her and GSMG staffers as she used enormous green scissors to snip the ribbon.
Sharri Miner, GSMG operations manager, told the crowd the medical group is “happy to offer family medicine. Now we offer a full spectrum of quality care close to home.” She also thanked BD Construction, which spent from January to June doing the $1.7 million renovation.
The 12,000-square-foot clinic sits in the remodeled Medical Building North, a separate structure on the northeast corner of the CHI Health Good Samaritan campus.
It was built 30 years ago as an independent medical office building.
In 1999, Good Sam purchased it and renovated it into offices for the financial, human resources and public relations departments.
“Then we had a great idea,” Miner said as more than 100 guests toured the building and enjoyed refreshments. “We thought we should start a family medical clinic. We thought we needed a special place to do that.” The building stood out as that special place.
The three departments housed there were relocated inside the hospital, and in January, construction began. The interior was gutted, and 18 exam rooms were built around a spacious central office, along with a laboratory and a radiology room. By late summer, the three new physicians and their staffs moved in.
“This is so efficient. With the central office, there’s no more looking down the hall to find a nurse. Doctors can take just two steps to communcate with a nurse,” Miner said. Exam rooms have a door that patients use and a rear door that opens into the central office.
GSMG still has offices inside CHI Health Good Samaritan for orthopedic surgery, internal medicine, gastroenterology, neurology, neurosurgery, pulmonology and nephrology, but this new facility is solely for family physicians. They provide initial contact for people of all ages with undiagnosed health problems, and give continuing care of various medical conditions. The new office also has a dedicated walk-in sports clinic for athletes that is open every Saturday morning.
Miner said up to eight primary care providers will eventually work there.