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Salem Mayor John Raymer cuts the ribbon to officially relocate the Rural Health Clinic at Salem Township Hospital.

One of the children's exam rooms at the new Rural Health Clinic location in Salem Township Hospital.

New Rural Health Clinic Opens at Salem Township Hospital

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Salem Township Hospital's expanded Rural Health Clinic opened to patients Thursday morning.  The project is part of the Phase Two Expansion and Renovation project.  Hospital President Stephanie Hilton-Siebert says the area of the original hospital building was completely renovated for the greatly enlarged clinic.

"We'll have six rooms dedicated to the clinic and have a separate lobby and waiting room...it'll have a nice workflow so that patients can focus on the time that they're here. We'll be able to add more physicians and midlevels" Hilton-Seibert said.

Hilton-Siebert says the clinic will keep the same hours of nine am to seven pm seven days a week.  Those using the clinic are asked to enter through the main lobby and they will be shown to the elevator that will take them directly to the clinic.  

Dr. Supiah, who recently joined the hospital staff, will oversee the clinic.  Hilton-Siebert says they are currently recruiting doctors to add additional primary care as well as pediatrics services.  

She reports the clinic will not lose focus of its original purpose to provide medical treatment to those in need who often ended up in the hospital's emergency room in the past.  No appointment is needed to see a medical provider at the rural health clinic.  

The hospital was able to begin using the new clinic after receiving a temporary occupancy permit from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Hilton-Siebert says there will be other changes in the next few weeks.

"The next piece that will be happening over the next several weeks is a new location for our specialty physicians. This will be a temporary position until we can build permanent extensions in the wing above them that will allow us to have 16 additional exam rooms for additional specialty physicians" Hilton Siebert said.

Hilton-Siebert says there are currently 15 specialty physicians.  She has announced Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Saith will begin seeing patients every Monday.  

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