Birkett, Nguyen to lead team

New Mercy family practice clinic to debut Monday

A new family medicine clinic operated by Mercy Medical Center of Des Moines will open on the west side of Fort Dodge Monday.

Two experienced Fort Dodge physicians, Dr. John Birkett and Dr. Alan Nguyen, will lead the clinic’s medical team.

Both of them practiced for decades at the UnityPoint Health family medicine clinic at 1428 Second Ave. N. before announcing last October that they would end their work there. At that time, no reason for their departure was given.

The new clinic at 123 Ave. O West will include eight patient exam rooms, an osteopathic manipulative treatment room, a procedure room and laboratory.

Ten people will work there.

“Mercy has a proud history of providing primary care to central Iowa and we are excited to expand our services into Fort Dodge,” Sharon Phillips, vice president for primary care at Mercy Medical Center, said in a written statement.

“Our new clinic will offer high quality medical services and care led by Dr. Birkett and Dr. Nguyen, who are both well-known and highly regarded in the community,” she added.

The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It will be open to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.