Julie Davis, Cherry Road Media
The new year brought a new location and new staff members from CHI Health St. Mary’s and Nebraska City Medical Clinic to January’s hot topics.
The Morton-James Public Library‘s Kimmel Gallery has replaced the usual location, Scooter’s Coffee, as repair work continues at Scooter’s after a fire in late December.
Clinic administrator Amy Gerloff and primary care physicians Samantha Boyer, Carl Marolf and Cristina Hurlbut introduced themselves to the audience and also answered questions about various aspects of patient care during their presentation.
Gerloff, a Weeping Water native, started at CHI Health St. Mary’s in March 2020, as the facility implemented COVID-19 protocols for the first time. She is a former Nebraska City resident who worked in the radiology department at George C. Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg early in her career.
Gerloff said the addition of three physicians allowed CHI Health to extend clinic hours to four days a week. Clinic hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and patients can schedule annual checkups or follow-up visits during the extended hours, or they can be seen for more acute situations.
In December, the clinic recorded its highest number of patient visits in a single week at 924, Gerloff said.
Boyer said she first realized a career in the city of Nebraska might be possible after Dr. Brad Vasa spoke to her residency class. She “fell in love with the community” when she and her husband came to see her as she began the hiring process at CHI Health.
Marolf said he first became familiar with Nebraska City when he went to high school with Norris’ sports teams. He completed a primary care residency in small communities on Grand Island at the start of the pandemic and found the Nebraska city “checked a lot of boxes” when he and his wife considered moving here.
Hurlbut is originally from Puerto Rico and first heard about opportunities in Nebraska when she was a medical student. She completed a residency in the Sandhills of Nebraska before coming to CHI Health St. Mary’s and the clinic.
Gerloff said vaccinations and COVID-19 testing are now available by appointment. She added that a revised test plan is in the works and is expected to be rolled out in the near future.
Hot Topics is a public forum held from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. And is held at Scooter’s Coffee, 2104 S. 11th St.
Please call the NCTC office (402-873-6654) for more information or visit the website at: www.nebraskacity. com/calendar