FAIRBURY – It is official. The Fairbury Clinic has joined the Jefferson Community Health Center team. After decades of working together to keep the community healthy, Jefferson Community Health Center and the Fairbury Clinic became one organization on July 1.
“We believe we are better together, and as one organization can best serve the health care needs of our area residents for the future,” said Chad Jurgens, JCHC CEO. “We are using the theme Better Together because that is why this change was made. We want to be the best we can to serve our area residents with healthcare for generations to come.”
The board of directors of JCHC and the physician owners of the Fairbury Clinic discussed possibilities for more than a year before making a decision in April to move forward with a plan for Jefferson Community Health Center to own and operate the clinic.
There have been questions from the public about what will change for patients. Right now, patients will see no major changes, Jurgens said. Some immediate questions from the public have been:
z What phone number do I call to make clinic appointments or get questions answered regarding clinic bills or appointments? Use the same phone number to contact the clinic: (402) 729-3361.
z Where will I go for clinic visits? Patients will still be seen for their family medical clinic visits at The Fairbury Clinic location, 825 22nd St.
z Where will I pay my bill? Patients will still receive bills from the Fairbury Clinic for clinic services and will pay those bills directly to the Fairbury Clinic, 825 22nd St., by mail or in person.
z Is the Fairbury Clinic accepting new patients? Yes, the Fairbury Clinic is accepting new patients.
z What will clinic hours be? Health care providers will schedule appointments from 9 a.m. to 11:40 am and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The clinic doors will open at 7:40 a.m. for laboratory services. Laboratory will offer services from 7:40 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. The clinic business office will open at 8 a.m. and will begin taking appointment calls at 8:30 a.m.
z Is the medical staff staying the same? Yes. The medical staff will be: Dr. Richard Blatny Sr., Dr. Craig Shumard, Dr. Richard Blatny Jr., Dr. Ted Tucker, Doug Ruzicka PA-C and Jessica Borrenpohl PA-C. Julie Siefers PA-C provides ER coverage one week each month.
Jurgens said no major changes in services or operations are planned for the near future, but there could be changes in the future because of changing community needs, standards of care, health care regulations, etc.
“JCHC will continue to strive to improve service provided to our patients and keep things flowing as smoothly as possible, and continue to keep up with standards of care. That could mean changes in the future, just as it would have if Jefferson Community Health Center and The Fairbury Clinic continued as separate businesses,” Jurgens said.
Jurgens said JCHC appreciates the support of area residents for quality health care in Jefferson County.More