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-Messenger photo by Bill Shea

Bre Ahrens, center in tan jacket, who is the clinic supervisor for UnityPoint Health OB/GYN and Sara Johnson, clinic adminstrator for UnityPoint Health Ob/GYN, prepare to snip a green ribbon to commemorate the opening of a site in UnityPoint Health-Trinity Regional Medical Center that combines obstetrics, gynecology and mammography services. The celebration was held Wednesday afternoon.

For years, local women had to go to a couple different locations to meet their health care needs.

For a mammogram, they went to the Norma Schmoker Womens Center in a building off Kenyon Road, across the street from UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center.

For an appointment with an obstetrician/gynecologist, they went to an office in the main hospital complex.

There’s no longer any need for them to go to different places.

The care that was once provided in different locations is now all together on the second floor of the hospital, where the Norma Schmoker Imagining Center and UnityPoint Clinic — Obstetrics/Gynecology are now located side-by-side.

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea

Lettering on a wall in a seating area of UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center informs people that they are in the Norma Schmoker Imaging Center. Formerly known as the Norma Schmoker Womens Center, the facility was recently relocated into the hospital from a building across Kenyon Road. The center provides mammograms and bone density scans.

The new clinic opened last month. The Imaging Center opened Monday. Their debut was celebrated Wednesday afternoon with a ribbon cutting conducted by the Ambassadors of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.

Speaking on behalf of the Ambassadors, Randy Kuhlman congratulated UnityPoint Health for creating a “very patient-centric process.”

Jen Crimmins, the vice president of clinic operations for UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge, said the new facilities offer a “fresh welcoming environment.”

The clinic and the Imaging Center are on the second floor of the main hospital, toward the front of the building. They occupy space that was once the site of conference rooms and the diabetes center. The diabetes center has been moved to the first floor and has its own exterior entrance.

Creation of the new area required six to eight months of construction.

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea

This room in the new UnityPoint Clinic — Obstetrics/Gynecology Clinic is set up for performing utlrasound tests.

Four physicians, one nurse practitioner and six nurses regularly work there. Crimmins said a fifth obstetrician/gynecologist will be coming next summer.

The Webster County Health Department has a satellite clinic there. All pregnant women are encouraged to visit with the Health Department staff there to learn about resources available to mothers and babies.

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