MercyOne expanding pediatric care to Independence and Jesup

BUCHANAN COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) — MercyOne is expanding access to pediatric care to two rural Iowa communities.

Beginning in September, MercyOne pediatrician Dr. Kendra Elwood attends Independence and Jesup four times a month to provide primary care for children, including visits to good children, as well as assistance to families with children with chronic conditions, such as asthma or ADHD. While primary care physicians have the skills and ability to provide quality care to children, pediatricians are often better suited to deal with specific medical conditions and developmental issues.

“Growing up in rural Iowa, I saw the challenge of accessing quality health care,” said Dr. Elwood. “By having primary care clinics and bringing specialized services to smaller communities, MercyOne is keeping us healthy.”

dr. Elwood grew up and still lives in Jesup. Much of her family also still lives in the area. She says she always knew she wanted to return home after completing her medical education, so when she was offered a job at MercyOne, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

“I want to see these communities thrive and grow and be a safe place for families to live,” said Dr. Elwood.

dr. Elwood will attend MercyOne Independence Family Medicine on the first and third Thursday of each month, located in Enterprise Court SW 2004; and MercyOne Jesup Family Medicine, located at 1094 220th St., on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

To make an appointment, please call 319-272-5000. Same day appointments are possible. In addition to personal care, telephone appointments are also possible.

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