June 16, 2024

Medical providers find alternate sites after tornado

Signs show where Adair County Health System has its urgent care and clinic, at the elementary school in Greenfield, while the hospital is repaired.

Adair County Health System sustained substantial damage in last Tuesday’s tornado, which required evacuation of staff and patients, and a temporary facility closure.

Patients at ACHS were evacuated to area hospitals. There were no injuries to staff or patients inside the hospital during the storm. The hospital will remain closed until further assessments can be completed. It likely it will take weeks, if not months, to fully repair the damage.

ACHS officials said in a release Friday that they remain committed to supporting their community in every way possible.

Residents are still asked to call 911 in emergencies, however ACHS is unable to provide emergency medical care where they’re operating from.

There is a primary care clinic in the west wing of Nodaway Valley Elementary School. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please enter through the west door or call 641-743-6189 to make an appointment.

Walk-ins are accepted at the temporary clinic at Nodaway Valley Elementary School from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Those wanting to refill a medication should first contact their pharmacy but can reach out to ACHS if other assistance is needed.

The Adair County Health Foundation has begun a GoFundMe page to help assist the hospital, employees and the community recover from this disaster.

“The Greenfield community has a long road to recovery and any funds donated would help in this process,” the page reads. It can be found by going to the hospital’s Facebook page or website, www.achsiowa.org.

“We urge residents to prioritize their safety and follow guidance from local authorities,” hospital officials said. “Please stay tuned to official channels for updates and instructions. Our community is resilient, and together we will rebuild and recover from this tragedy.”

Greenfield Medical Clinic, which Greater Regional Health opened earlier this year on the west side of the Greenfield square, opened 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday with walk-ins welcome.

“We thank all the first responders, medical personnel, emergency management crews, volunteers and countless others who have been working tirelessly,” Greater Regional officials said.

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson has served as News Editor of the Adair County Free Press and Fontanelle Observer since Oct. 2017. He and his wife Kilee live in Greenfield. In Greenfield and the greater Adair County area, he values the opportunity to tell peoples' stories, enjoys playing guitar, following all levels of sports, and being a part of his local church.