New Mercy Clinic a “Blessing” to Ottumwa


Dozens were present for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new and improved Mercy Clinic [on Ottumwa’s northeast side] on Friday.

Mayor Tom Lazio, Ottumwa Police Officers, enthusiastic community members, city officials at all levels, and local Mercy staff showed their support and thanks to the Mercy team for its 18-million-dollar investment in the growing city.

With Iowa Heart (2006) and the Mercy Clinic at Ottumwa Regional Health Center (2013), Mercy Medical Center has already established roots and a great reputation in Ottumwa.

But Mercy Medical Center President Bob Ritz pushed the envelope even farther during the ceremony.

Ritz emphasized Mercy’s positive goals for the new clinic in Ottumwa by saying, “our objective is to be [a] part of [the] community [and to] offer services there”.

The new clinic is projected to be 300% bigger than the facility that currently operates on the Ottumwa Regional Health Center campus.

With increased space and modern equipment, clinic staff will be able to provide services such as urgent care, physical therapy, and family medicine to local patients.

According to Downing Construction officials, the clinic was designed with an empty wing that can be expanded to suit community health care needs in the future.

During the ceremony, Mercy Clinic officials took the time to express their thanks to the Ottumwa area, the Legacy Foundation, Mayor Tom Lazio, Ottumwa City Council, Ottumwa Regional Health Center, and Ottumwa’s Planning and Zoning Department for their support of the project.

Mercy officials and affiliates also emphasized the miracle of the project itself by offering a prayer and reflection time during the ceremony and highlighting the rapidity of the project’s coming to fruition.

President Bob Ritz mentioned that the 8,000-person Mercy team starts each of its meetings with prayer.

Dr. Peter Righter, of Ottumwa, mentioned that, “[the] theme of blessings [kept] coming up in the comments that were made”.

The Mercy Clinic is expected to be completed by the spring of 2017. Construction will begin as soon as the remnants of the former Food Bonanza building can be cleared from the work site.

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