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Primary Health Care opens new clinic

T-R PHOTO BY MIKE DONAHEY Primary Health Care (PHC) Clinic Director Susan Vititoe shows one of five recently remodeled exam rooms at its new clinic in Marshalltown.

A well-known local health care provider is expanding services.

Primary Health Care (PHC) of Marshalltown is not going to let an Iowa winter delay the opening of its new Specialty Health Clinic at 704 May St.

“We are excited to be expanding our services in Marshalltown,” PHC President Kelly Huntsman of Des Moines said. “PHC has proudly served Marshalltown for 18 years and we look forward to serving our OB/Gyn and family planning clients.”

They will see a newly remodeled building with five exam rooms and more, said Marshalltown Clinic Director Susan Vitote. Remodeling started in October and was recently completed.

“The contractors tore it all down to the studs and built it back up,” Vititoe said. “We are a growing clinic and there was a lack of space at our Church Street office. We had to have space, and this (building) was a wonderful opportunity to add more services in a residential setting.”

PHC sites serve all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

“PHC is a community health center and our mission is to provide health care and supportive services to those that experience barriers to care,” Huntsman said.

Staff have endeavored to provide integrated health care, including behavioral health, connection to community resources, enabling services in addition to general medical care.

In 2017, PHC served 37,695 patients at all sites, including 733 veterans.

The new building does not replace services offered at 412 E. Church St., nor its dental clinic at 112 Linn St. Staff at both sites will continue to see patients. In fact PHC officials said the dental clinic will be expanding services with a grand opening in March. The PHC Dental Clinic opened in 2005.

“The pediatric dental expansion project will allow for more specialized care to be provided in Marshalltown and eliminate the need for travel to Iowa City or other locations for specialty dental care for children,” Huntsman said. “In addition, we are expanding our dental clinic (adding three operators) and will be hiring a pediatric dentist to better serve the vulnerable and underserved kids living in Marshalltown. This will make an immediate impact on kids and families as those patients.”

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Contact Mike Donahey, 641-753-6611,

or mdonahey@timesrepublican