By Eric Althoff
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa—Healthcare firm QVS Medical Consulting has announced plans to construct a new medical clinic to serve the central Iowa community of Clear Lake, according to the Clear Lake Mirror Reporter.
Clear Lake native John Brady founded QVS in 2015 to provide what he called “patient-centered healthcare” options for smaller hospitals and health facilities in his area. The new clinic is part of that initiative, and will be cited at 1801 Highway 18 East, according to the Mirror Reporter, where it can be easily accessed due to its proximity to Interstate 35. The new clinic will be called Waypoint Medical.
Waypoint Medical will offer this rural area of the Hawkeye State x-ray facilities and a full laboratory, as well as employ staff who can address emergency situations and family practice needs. When completed, it is estimated the clinic will employ a clinical team of over a dozen healthcare specialists.
Further cementing the clinic as a local project, Clear Lake’s own Atura Architecture and Dean Snyder Construction are tasked with bringing Brady’s vision to life.
“The opportunity to secure a location that had easy access from the highway and interstate was something we couldn’t pass up,” QVS said in a statement, adding that the moniker “Waypoint” was chosen for the clinic in a naming contest. “A waypoint is defined as a stopping point or point [where] a course is changed. That is a perfect example of what we hope to provide for our patients…a place for patients to stop for any urgent care needs as well as a location to chart a course towards better health.”
The report said that construction of Waypoint Medical is already underway, and is projected to be completed in February of 2020. When officially opened next year, the clinic will have weekend hours and extended weekday hours as well.
Waypoint Medical will operate completely independently and be unaffiliated with any other hospital or healthcare entity.
If the model for the Waypoint Medical center proves successful, the facility will likely be replicated by QVS at other Iowa communities, according to the Mirror Reporter.