By Frederick Bader
HALSTEAD – One week after Newton Medical Center told the Independent that a Halstead medical clinic was looking unlikely in the near future, Matthew Schmidt of Health Ministries has said that he hopes to have a clinic opened by August of this year. “We are totally committed to this project and we have full intentions of moving forward,” Schmidt said.
The difference is that Schmidt’s vision for the clinic is that it will be operated by Health Ministries alone, not as a satellite campus of Newton Medical Center. However, they will partner with other organizations like Newton Medical Center and Prairie View to provide the best possible care for Halstead residents.
“As far as I’m concerned, the best way for Halstead to have high quality primary care is to open up a clinic in Halstead with Diane Steeves, who already practices in town,” Schmidt said. “We have a number of partnerships and collaborations with healthcare agencies and we will continue to have conversations with them, but the clinic in Halstead will ultimately be under the administration of Health Ministries Clinic. With this being said, we are constantly exploring opportunities to collaborate with other community partners.”
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