After opening in May and seeing patients three days a week, Mercy Family Medicine in Bayfield has added new staff members and now sees patients from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is accepting new patients.
An open house is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, with tours of the new offices and a chance to meet the staff.
They include two medical doctors, Richard Keller and Adam Owens; a nurse practitioner, Ronda Ramsier; and a doctor of osteopathic medicine, Kevin Livingston.
Kylene Jones, the clinic's receptionist, said she and staffers were pleased to recently welcome their first newborn to the clinic for a well-baby checkup.
Soon the clinic will offer outpatient lab services, such as blood tests, which are now only available to current clinic patients.
While the Bayfield clinic is not a walk-in facility, the additions in staff mean many patients can often schedule appointments that day or the next, explained Chris Gerding, the assistant physician practice administrator for Mercy Family Medicine.
"If you're not feeling well, we ask you to call and make an appointment, then wait in the comfort of your own home," Gerding said.
The clinic's staff has been seeing between 12 and 17 patients per day, for about 800 visits since the clinic opened its doors. There are five exam rooms and a procedure room for electrocardiograms, sutures and biopsies. About half of the patients have been current patients from other Mercy clinics, and about half have been new patients.
Patients surveys have shown a satisfaction rate of 95 to 99 percent after visits, Gerding said.
"It's a great facility" with a calm atmosphere, she addeed. Western-themed art, a gift from the Mercy Health Foundation, graces the walls.
Mercy Family Medicine has two clinics in Durango and is managed by Centura Health Physician Group, which also operates Mercy Regional Medical Center. Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid are accepted at the clinic, located in Bayfield Center Plaza.
Appointments are available at 764-9150.