2 medical clinics coming to Sylvan Lake

Work is underway on a pair of medical clinics in Sylvan Lake.

Red Deer Piling workers pour concrete around pilings for the new medical clinic in Sylvan Lake Tuesday.

Red Deer Piling workers pour concrete around pilings for the new medical clinic in Sylvan Lake Tuesday.

Work is underway on a pair of medical clinics in Sylvan Lake.

Sylvan Lake Medical Centre is developing new premises at the northeast corner of 50th Avenue and 46th Street. The clinic, which is operated by Drs. Joe Myburgh and Rudi Niemand, with other physicians on staff, is currently located at 5026 50th St.

An official at the clinic said it’s too early to elaborate on the new facilities, other than that they’re expected to open next year. When a development permit was issued for the building last year, it was for a two-storey structure with a medical centre and pharmacy.

Meanwhile, Horizon Family Medicine is expected to open in early September at the No Frills store in Hewlett Park Landing.

Martin Penninga, Horizon Family Medicine’s business manager, said three physician will initially practise at the clinic: Drs. Marci Wilson, Ray Comeau and Mandy Hyde. They will provide family medicine by appointment or on a walk-in basis.

Although attached to the No Frills building, Horizon Family Medicine will have its own entrance. It will initially operate Monday to Friday, said Penninga.

In April, Horizon Family Medicine opened a clinic inside the Real Canadian Superstore in Red Deer. It started with six family doctors but has since expanded.

“We’ve been open for three months and the patient demand has been almost overwhelming,” said Penninga.

He expects the new Sylvan Lake clinic to be busy as well, pointing to the rapid commercial and residential growth around Hewlett Park Landing. Patients are expected to come from out of town as well.

“We felt a clinic in that area would be beneficial, especially for those patients who continue to drive down Hwy 11 coming into Red Deer.”

Horizon Family Medicine is owned by Dr. Wilson and her family. Penninga said there are no current plans for expansion into other Central Alberta communities, but the possibility exists.

“There are so many people without a family doctor.”

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