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February 11, 2014

New medical center opens in Peru

Logansport Memorial Hospital expands services into Miami County.

PERU — Logansport Memorial Hospital opened a new medical center in Peru Monday, offering patients access to primary care, internal medicine and other specialized services that beefs up competition for other local health care providers.

The Peru Medical Center, located at 1694 W. Logansport Road, moved into the 6,000-square-foot facility that previously housed the Community Health Center of Miami County, which relocated to the Area 5 Agency building on East Main Street in December.

The new medical center currently employs two full-time family-medicine physicians and offers a full-service lab for things like blood tests and drug screenings.

An orthopedic surgeon is on hand one day a week, along with women’s health physicians from Logansport.

The clinic is also installing an X-ray suite and ultrasound area to accompany its OB/GYN services. Those will be up and running in March.

Jim Schrader, vice president of operations and physician practices at Logansport Memorial Hospital, said officials decided to open a satellite clinic in Peru to allow better access for their current Miami County patients.

He said the hospital and its physician network currently sees around 5,000 Miami County residents a year.

“The county was already a strong market, but we wanted to make our services more accessible to the area,” Schrader said. “[Logansport Memorial Hospital] is close by, but to be here and be part of the community is an added benefit for everyone.”

Hospital officials began investigating the creation of a new clinic early last year and it was just good luck that the building became available at around the same time, Schrader said.

“We were actively looking for a location, but this building opening up definitely got us here faster,” he said. “It was already a medical facility, so it was basically ready to go … It was just a good fit, and everything aligned for us to come here.”

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