By Carson Gerber For the Pharos-Tribune
---- — 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.”
It also helped that the hospital recently added an orthopedic surgeon to its physician network, which made it possible to offer those services at the Peru clinic.
Now, Schrader said, they hope to take on more patients in the Peru area and gradually begin expanding the specialized services offered at the clinic.
“The long-term plan is to add on based on demand and need,” he said. “We serve a fair number of patients, so we expect that there’s a good opportunity for growth here. We feel that there’s room to grow because we have a solid core of patients to grow upon.”
The clinic will focus on high-quality care, Schrader said, and go head-to-head with Dukes Memorial Hospital, which is currently the largest health care provider in the county.
“This is giving the consumers a little choice, and we feel that we’re offering the best quality care in the area,” Schrader said. “ … Higher quality equals less cost in the long run, and we as an organization are really focusing on that.”
The Peru Medical Center will be open Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dr. Agnes Kenny, a board-certified family medicine physician, and Jo Estes, a family medicine nurse practitioner, will be available to see patients five days a week. Dr. Vivek Sahgal, a specialist in internal medicine and infectious diseases, will also practice at the Peru Medical Center.
To schedule an appointment, call 765-472-2812.