Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner
By Diane Graff Managing Editor
Marshall Waterloo Courier
Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) has opened a new Prairie Ridge Health Clinic that will be highlighted at upcoming open houses.
The facility in the Marshall Old Town Office Building at 301 W. Main St., Suite A, Marshall, opened Jan. 9 after about six months of remodeling. The former insurance office now features three examination rooms, a laboratory, reception area and waiting room.
Marshall is the third location for a Prairie Ridge Health Clinic (PRHC), which opened its doors in Beaver Dam and Columbus in 2014.
The Prairie Ridge Health Clinic of Marshall is an “all grounds up clinic,” according to Hannah Young, clinic manager. It is an outpatient department of Columbus Community Hospital. “It is another service line hospital offers,” she said.
“We felt there was a need for a health care facility in the community,” Young said. “There has never been a clinic here before.” In the past four months, the clinic has steadily been receiving new patients from the surrounding areas, including Waterloo, Sun Prairie, Beaver Dam and Juneau.
It is a family practice clinic that offers care for infants through adults 100 years of age or older, according to Kristine Braker, family nurse practitioner at the clinic. Braker formerly worked at a clinic in Juneau and brought along some of her patients.
The clinic offers health screenings, immunizations, wellness visits, sports physicals along with acute illness care, and care for injuries. The clinic also has a laboratory to handle in-house services for urine infection, blood sugar testing and pregnancy tests. More comprehensive testing can be sent to Columbus Community Hospital.
A nurse practitioner can prescribe medications and make referrals. “I can manage many chronic health conditions,” Braker said.
The clinic has two nurses, Braker and rotates three front desk staff.
Braker said she enjoys meeting the new people of the community and enjoys working in a smaller community. She formerly worked in the emergency room at Columbus Community Hospital and said the Marshall clinic feels like coming back to family.
Joy Scadden, a registered nurse at the clinic, said she also came from a small town. “I am used to doing home care in the Marshall territory,” she said. “I am back to my roots.”
Young said the clinic has been welcomed by the Marshall Area Business Association (MABA) and other businesses of the community. The president of MABA, Julie Bergholz, is on the Columbus Community Hospital board.
The staff has been in the community, visiting schools and offering health programs at the Marshall Community Library.
To increase its awareness in the community, Prairie Ridge Health Clinic in Marshall is offering four open houses. “It will be more of a meet and greet the practitioners,” Young said.
The first open house for the public will be May 10 from 4 to 7 p .m. at the clinic. It will be an opportunity for the public to meet the family practice providers and OB/GYN. There is an open house planned for May 23 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to meet the general surgeon and cancer navigator specializing in breast, colon and lung health. On June 8, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., the public can meet the orthopedics and rehabilitation team and on June 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m., internal medicine team and diabetes education coordinator will be at the clinic.
The Prairie Ridge Health Clinic is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and every second Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to noon. The clinic also takes a wide variety of insurance programs, Young added.