Great River Health Systems purchases West Point clinic

Great River Health System has purchased Hometown Medical Care, a primary-care clinic in West Point, Iowa. On Oct. 1, the clinic will become Great River Physicians and Clinics, West Point.

Located at 706 Avenue C, Suite A, the clinic is one of several units in the West Point building. Great River Health System will continue leasing the space from the building’s owners.

In 2010, advanced registered nurse practitioner Peggy Hirte opened Hometown Medical Care. She treats children, adolescents and adults. Advanced registered nurse practitioners diagnose illnesses, order tests, prescribe medicine, treat minor illnesses and injuries, and provide patient education and counseling. They refer patients to physicians when necessary.

Hirte earned her nursing diploma from Southeastern Community College and completed nurse practitioner education from the University of Pennsylvania College of Nursing in 1999. She is a certified women’s health care nurse practitioner by the National Certification Corporation.

Hirte will join Great River Health System’ medical staff. She will have access to its Cerner electronic medical records system, which helps improve the efficiency and safety of care by condensing patient records to one source, preventing unnecessary tests and providing an online portal for patients to view their medical records.

“I’m looking forward to joining Great River Health System,” Hirte said. “The electronic system will benefit patients and me, especially because its dictation system will give me additional time to help more patients. That’s what I love the most.”

GreatRiver Health Systems has focused on providing community-based health services throughout the region since the early 1980s. Besides West Point, Great River Health System provides clinics in:

  • Fairfield, Iowa – Gastroenterology
  • Fort Madison, Iowa – Cardiology and urology
  • Keokuk, Iowa – Primary care, cardiology, gynecology and obstetrics
  • Mediapolis, Iowa – Primary care
  • Mount Pleasant, Iowa – Cardiology
  • Wapello, Iowa – Primary care and physical therapy

Great River Physicians and Clinics, West Point will be open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number is (319) 837-6115.