DAYTON - For residents of Dayton and the surrounding communities, the distance they need to for medical treatment has gotten a lot shorter.
Located at 24 S. Main St., the new Van Diest Medical Center Dayton Clinic opened on July 1.
Lori Thompson, the registered nurse at the clinic, remembers the first morning well.
Sherry Buske, a nurse practitioner and certified diabetic educator, helps Jenna Vinsand schedule an appointment for a patient at the newly opened Van Diest Medical Center Dayton Clinic. The clinic, which opened on July 1, is open four days a week.
"We had people waiting at our door," she said.
The clinic is staffed by Sherry Buske, a nurse practitioner and certified diabetic educator.
She said she's happy to be there.
"I like the small community," Buske said. "I grew up in a small town."
Not only does she enjoy practicing in Dayton, she's also grateful for the community's support.
"It's been very well received," she said. "I'm very excited about the way the community has embraced us."
Buske is able to offer patients a variety of services at the clinic. As an example, she cited a patient with a breathing issue who was able to take treatments there.
Buske also works closely with patients at the Grandview Health Center. She makes rounds there once a week.
She treats many common minor problems, such as dehydration, in the facility with one goal in mind: "We want to keep them out of the hospital."
There is very little Buske can't do at the clinic; she offers lab work, diabetic education, splinting and suturing. It is also certified to give Department of Transportation physicals.
And more services are coming.
"We're in the process of getting our radiology equipment," she said.
While she emphasized that they are not an urgent care clinic or an emergency room, she is able to begin the process of dealing with an emergency or trauma by stabilizing the patient until an ambulance can transport them to a hospital.
Thompson also enjoys working at the clinic and is looking forward to a few changes.
"We are hoping to be able to have some longer hours before school," she said.
In addition, a late evening might also be on the horizon.
Currently, the staff takes its lunch break late to allow for patients who can't readily leave work.
"We try to work with people," she said.
The clinic also offers another advantage. Buske said that its central location between Fort Dodge, Boone and Ames allows patients to shave miles from their drive.
Jenna Vinsand, the clinic's receptionist, agrees.
"We don't have to refer them," she said. "We can take care of them here in our office."
Buske has a simple philosophy about her work.
"To love what you do and to know that it matters," she said. "I want that on my tombstone."
The Dayton Clinic can be reached at 547-2974. It is currently open Monday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon.