November 9th, 2011

The Keokuk Clinic, Lee County’s largest physician practice devoted to internal medicine, has signed an agreement to join Great River Health Systems. The contract takes effect Jan. 1, 2012.

The clinic’s medical staff includes:

  • Wilson Davis Jr., M.D., FACP
  • Thomas Hakes, M.D.
  • David Waddell, M.D.

All three physicians are certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

“There were several factors in our decision to join Great River Health Systems, but it hinged on what was best for The Keokuk Clinic’s continued success in an increasingly challenging health-care environment,” Dr. Davis said. “Working with Great River Health Systems will allow us to access higher levels of resources from a regional health system. We’ve enjoyed a strong working relationship with Keokuk Area Hospital over the years, and we look forward to continuing to do so.”

The Keokuk Clinic’s physicians will join Great River Medical Center’s medical staff and remain full-time members of Keokuk Area Hospital’s active medical staff.

“One of the biggest challenges facing rural health systems, hospitals and physicians is how to recruit and retain quality physicians to meet the current and future medical needs of our market,” said Keokuk Area Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Al Zastrow. “To be successful, there is going to be a growing need to coordinate such needs on a larger regional basis.

“With its larger base of resources and support services, Great River Health Systems is a viable and strong option for rural practices like The Keokuk Clinic to continue its mission of serving Keokuk and this service area."

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

  • Mediapolis, Iowa – primary care
  • Mount Pleasant, Iowa – business health, cardiology, orthopedic surgery, urology and wound care
  • Wapello, Iowa – physical therapy and primary care

“We recognize that each community has its unique culture and strengths, and that the clinic has been a significant part of Keokuk’s culture for the last 30 years,” said Great River Health Systems’ President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Richardson. “The clinic has a strong reputation for providing excellent care, and our intent is to help them maintain and, with their leadership, enhance their services.”

The Keokuk Clinic will remain at 1603 Morgan St. in Keokuk. Their telephone number is 319-524-6274. Office hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.