Gibson hospital to open clinic in Potomac
POTOMAC — Gibson Area Hospital plans to open a new Potomac clinic early next year in a building it will share with Gifford State Bank.
Rob Schmitt, CEO of the Gibson City-based hospital, said the week of Jan. 1 has been targeted for the opening of the clinic portion of the building, to be called Family Health Care of Potomac Clinic.
Gifford State Bank will open its branch office in the building later in the year.
Kelly Carter, bank marketing director, said the tornado that heavily damaged Gifford put construction behind. The contractor for the project, Jeb Kennel of MJ Construction, suffered damage to his Gifford building in the tornado.
"He lost the back half of his business," Carter said.
Schmitt said a formal community open house will be held when the bank portion of the building is completed.
The joint-use building, in the 100 block of East State Street, is owned by the village of Potomac. It is the former location of Mainsource Bank, which closed in July 2012. Schmitt said the mayor of the village, Bernie McCarty, approached him to inquire about the hospital possibly opening a clinic there.
"(He) called me about a year ago and inquired if we would have any interest in partnering with Gifford State Bank," Schmitt said.
Remodeling began in October.
The clinic will employ three people, including nurse practitioner Kate Rosenbeck, a nurse and a front-office employee.
McCarty said the clinic and bank will be welcome additions to Potomac. The village has been without a medical clinic since the mid-1970s, he said.
"The nearest medical clinic to Potomac is Rossville," McCarty said.
Schmitt said Dr. Rich Foellner will serve as physician supervisor at the primary care clinic.
This will be the eighth clinic opened by Gibson Area Hospital, which also operates clinics in Paxton, Gibson City, Hoopeston, Farmer City, Onarga, Forrest and Fairbury.