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Renovations at Mabel Clinic improves handicap accessibility and overall atmosphere

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Business Announcements

Mindy Osmonson, HUC, Kirsten Wyffels, Director of Nursing Practice, and SueAnn Kinneberg, LPN are happy with the new renovations at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Mabel. Photo submitted

By Hannah Wingert

Winneshiek Medical Center Mabel Clinic in Mabel, Minn., recently underwent some major renovations. The exam rooms received new furniture and updated floors, the lobby experienced a complete overhaul, and the bathroom was expanded to allow for handicap accessibility. The ceilings were raised, and the lighting was updated in most areas.

Up until three years ago, the clinic was only open a few days a week with limited hours. Then, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Kirsten Wyffels joined Nurse Practitioner Kathy Petersburg at the clinic, and the hours were expanded to full-time. The clinic is now open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. When the change in hours took place, some minor updates were made, but nothing significant.

The renovations began on April 15 and were mainly done by Winneshiek Medical Center’s maintenance department. “We were told that they would take four to six weeks, and they were done in six,” Wyffels said. During that time, the clinic temporarily relocated to the Mabel Community Center, where they were able to continue to offer their regular services. The staff considered trying to keep the clinic open during the renovations, but decided that it would be best to make the move.

The clinic’s time at the community center was well-received by the community. “The patients were flexible and just happy we were still open. It wasn’t ideal, but it was workable,” Wyffels explained, adding that the community’s patience with the project was definitely appreciated. The staff at the city offices, which is in the community center as well, mentioned that they missed the activity and seeing everybody after the clinic moved back to its own building.

The first thing that people notice when they walk through the door of the Mabel Clinic are the renovations to the lobby, not just because it’s the first thing they see, but because of the drastic changes. The waiting area and receptionist desk were switched to the opposite sides of the room from where they were and the new lighting and carpeting stand out with their fresh, new look. “It feels more homey and welcoming, and less sterile,” Wyffels said about the atmosphere. “People feel comfortable here.”

“No one ever complained before (the renovations) though,” Wyffels noted. “They were always just happy we were open.”

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Mabel Food Shelf tours Channel One

Thu, Feb 28th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Business Announcements

Several members of the Mabel Area Food Shelf Committee recently toured and volunteered at Channel One in Rochester. The Channel One Regional Food Bank receives surplus food from the food industry and distributes it through a network of member agenc ..... 
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