An active group of Ossian residents is leading the effort to raise funds to support the initial costs of opening a medical clinic in their hometown: Pam Buddenberg, Eileen Courtney, Clark Goltz, Patty Kobriger, Joe Kriener, Terry Linderbaum, Mike Meyer, James Rothmeyer and Karl Schroeder.

The Ossian-based group is working closely with the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, to reach the people of southern Winneshiek County and the surrounding communities.

Eileen Courtney says, "A local medical clinic will help care for families with young children, employees of area businesses, senior residents and urgent care situations. We are committed to helping Winneshiek Medical Center make this clinic a reality, and are asking for the support of our families, friends and neighbors."

The WMC Ossian clinic project was initiated by a group of people concerned that the southern Winneshiek County townships did not have access to primary care close to their homes and communities. The Winneshiek Medical Center Board of Trustees approved the plans for an Ossian-based family medicine and rehabilitation clinic in October, and renovations to the selected location in downtown Ossian began early November. Winneshiek Medical Center anticipates the new clinic will open spring of 2014.

The steering group is working to reach its goal of $150,000 over the next few months through individual donations, sponsorships and naming opportunities.

"There are ways to support the new clinic at every giving level, from naming the clinic to sponsoring infant care items," said Goltz.

"Every gift is important to providing care for the community and surrounding areas."

Gifts to support the opening of the WMC Ossian Clinic can be given at the Luana Savings Bank - Ossian Branch or the Security State Bank - Ossian Branch. The WMC Foundation will accept donations at the medical center in Decorah.

Lynn Luloff, WMC chief financial officer, says, "We are grateful to the City of Ossian for offering city property tax rebates and exemption from city utilities for beginning a new business in their community."

To learn more about the new WMC Ossian Clinic, or inquire about ways to support the project, the public can contact any of the individuals on the fund-raising committee or call the WMC Foundation at 563-382-2911.