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NUMC honors Fenske, talks new clinic project

December 21, 2012
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM Harold Fenske, who served as administrator for the New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) in the 1980s and organized the merger of the Union Hospital and Loretta Hospital into the Sioux Valley Hospital, was honored Thursday night at the annual NUMC Board of Trustees meeting for being the 2012 NUMC "Legends of Medicine" recipient.

Friends, family and colleagues praised his hard work and caring that succeeded in recruiting physicians to New Ulm and building a stable group of primary care providers. Speakers at the event characterized him as key to establishing the NUMC and its present day success.

Clinic planned

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New Ulm Medical Center President Toby Freier presented Harold Fenske with the NUMC?“Legends of Medicine” award Thursday night at the NUMC Annual Meeting and banquet at the New Ulm Country Club. Fenske was the hospital administrator for Union?Hospital who oversaw the merger of Union and Loretto Hospitals into what is now the New Ulm Medical Center.

NUMC President Toby Freier also talked about the NUMC's plans to construct a new clinic addition to the hospital. According the NUMC's submission to the New Ulm City Council on the project, the 12,000 square foot, one-story clinic addition would be built into the park lot on the northwestern side of the hospital and an new 96 parking stalls would be built on the eastern end of the hospital's existing parking lot to make up lost stalls. The submitted proposal lists the space as providing options for things like an oncology clinic and a community pharmacy, with designs that allow the options to add to more stories to the clinic in the future. Freier said the final details of the clinic's use are not yet set, but it will serve a wide variety of general use needs.

Freier said the primary drive behind the proposed clinic was to meet the space needs of the hospitals rapidly growing number of patients and physicians.

"Previously, it used to take over 10 years to add nine physicians. Now, we added around the many in 18 months," said Freier, "We end up really tight on space."

The submitted proposal suggests that construction could begin in March of 2013, but Freier said the exact spring month is not yet set. He said finalize all the inside project for the clinic could take up to an additional year past construction.

The $5 million project is being entirely funded by the Allina health system.

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