The options locally for obstetric and gynecological care are now more extensive. The Gabrielson Clinic for Women has opened a Fort Dodge office at 1534 28th Ave. N.
Dr. Daniel Gabrielson, who founded the clinic in 2009 and owns the enterprise, said the Fort Dodge location will be staffed by Dr. Emily Hill, an obstetrics/gynecology specialist, and Christine Fishel, a nurse practitioner who is also a certified midwife. Initially, Hill will see patients at the local office on Thursdays and Fishel on Mondays. Gabrielson said hours will be increased as the demand warrants.
The mission of the Gabrielson Clinic is to provide a comprehensive array of services to women. Gabrielson said his team's entry into the local health care marketplace will broaden the care choices for area patients.
"We have the whole gamut of women's health care," he said. "We have a midwife, which nobody else does in the area. We do a lot of urogynecology, which not a lot of other people or women's health groups are performing. That's really a specialty niche that we have."
Delivering babies is also a big part of the focus at the Gabrielson Clinic. The approach to pregnancies and deliveries sets the practice apart from some of its competitors.
Having a midwife available appeals to a segment of the population that wants that option instead of the more usual physician-conducted delivery process, Gabrielson said.
He emphasized, however, that whether handled by a midwife or a physician, his team strives to provide care in ways that are in sync with what patients find most supportive and comfortable.
"We try to deliver our own patients," Gabrielson said, noting that it is common in many places to have whoever is on call handle a delivery. "We don't do it like that. I'm not ever going to do it like that. I think if women have seen you mostly they want you there for the delivery. I'm going to keep that philosophy going because I think that hits some big home runs for the patients. ... We do cover each other for obvious reasons ... but we really try hard not to have too many people involved with each pregnancy."
Competition is good
Gabrielson said he hopes his decision to open a clinic in Fort Dodge will strengthen the local health care system.
"I always think competition is a good thing," he said. "Not everybody is going to be satisfied with the same group or provider. I think that it is important to give choices. ... Not everybody is going to be happy with one choice. It's just not how our society works. To give patients a second option - and I think a great option - is appropriate. For us to bring a midwife ... and to do a lot of urogynecology helps the community. It augments choices."
About the Gabrielson team
The Gabrielson Clinic has seven locations. It has clinics in the Belmond Medical Center, Belmond; Humboldt County Memorial Hospital; Humboldt; Wright Medical Center, Clarion; and offices in Clear Lake, Fort Dodge, Hampton and Webster City.
The principal physicians are Gabrielson and Hill, though at this point only Hill will be seeing patients in Fort Dodge.
Gabrielson grew up in Belmond. He received a bachelor's degree from Central College in Pella and earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Des Moines University. Gabrielson completed his OB/GYN residency program and internship at Midwestern University in Chicago. He is a board certified diplomat of the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is on the clinical faculty at Des Moines University.
Hill grew up in Webster City. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake and then earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Des Moines University. Hill completed her OB/GYN residency program at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.
Fishel lives in Humboldt and is from that area. She was a registered nurse who worked in Fort Dodge at Trinity Regional Medical Center in both the labor/delivery and surgery departments before she went back to school to become a nurse practitioner and midwife.
Hill and Fishel will be the primary team in Fort Dodge, but Gabrielson said he and staff members from throughout the Gabrielson system may be involved in the care of local patients from time to time.
Gabrielson said his team provides hospital-based treatment at the two Iowa Specialty Hospital campuses (Clarion and Belmond) and at Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City.