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Clinic is coming to Rosemount

Fairview Health Services will build a new clinic in Rosemount. A sign on Cimarron Way, behind Applebee's Grill and Bar, proudly shows where the new high tech facility will be built later this summer.

"We are very excited to be opening a primary clinic in Rosemount," said Sally Wahman, vice president of ambulatory services.

The company, which has similar clinics in Eagan, Apple Valley and Farmington, plans to build a primary medical care facility that will include a pharmacy to serve Rosemount's growing population.

The clinic is the first of its kind in town. Wahman said its staff of physicians, nurse practitioners and nurse will provide care ranging from preventive health to chronic care for patients from newborns to centenarians.

While the company still has to go through the city for approval it anticipates starting construction on the 10,000 sq. ft. facility sometime later this summer. Wahman said they hope to open the clinic in March of 2009.

While the Rosemount clinic will be similar to other Fairview clinics complete with x-ray and laboratory services, it will have a few unique components. The Rosemount clinic will feature a pharmacy and an athletic medicine clinic. Wahman said 2,000 sq. ft. will be used for the Institute of Athletic Medicine.

Fairview coming to Rosemount is no accident. Mayor Bill Droste said he and former city administrator Jaime Verbrugge met with representatives from Fairview last year in hopes of attracting a medical care provider to town.

"It's one of the amenities a city of our size should have," said Droste.

While the company had Rosemount in it sights, Droste said they probably decided to build earlier because of the city's interest.

"When you have kids and older adults it's important to have a facility in your town," said Droste.

Wahman said the company has a number of clients from Rosemount that go to its nearby clinics. She said the company saw a need, especially as the city keeps growing.

Before construction can begin ducks have to be lined up in a row. City planner Eric Zweber said he has been working with the company and expects to have the plans for the clinic this week. He said the plans should go before the planning commission at the end of July and will go before the council sometime after that.

Barring any set backs construction should begin sometime in August or September.