There was a 6-year wait between Immediate Medical Care West and Immediate Medical Care East opening, but physician Grover Hershberger isn’t waiting that long to open a south branch.
IMC South will open in Haysville next month at 7030 S. Broadway.
“It’s a lot bigger than we need,” office manager Danelle Sommerfeld says of the 9,000-square-foot space, which is the former Schneider Medical Clinic.
The clinic closed due to Stephen and Linda Schneider’s convictions over their practices of prescribing pain killers.
“We were able to get it for such a good deal, it didn’t make sense not to take it,” Sommerfeld says.
“It’s in good condition,” she says. “That makes business easier when you’re not doling out lots of money.”
She says Hershberger hopes to have some medical offices, such as an imaging center or a physical therapy center, open in the building.
“Some of those things that we refer out a lot,” Sommerfeld says. “It would be easier if we could have it in the same facility. Then we could kind of scratch each other’s backs.”
IMC West opened in summer 2008 at 4722 W. Kellogg, which is just west of West Street. Sommerfeld says in addition to being a new practice, the opening came during a tough economic time.
“It was, like, the perfect storm of negativity,” she says.
“That’s why it took a little longer out west,” Sommerfeld says of getting established.
She says Hershberger likes to have about 30 patients a day before opening a new branch.
“We’ve already hit that,” Sommerfeld says of the east branch, which opened in April at 5838 E. Central in Carriage Parkway.
She says the biggest obstacle to growth has been lending.
“We really would have liked to open these sooner,” Sommerfeld says.
Next, she says, “We would like to go northwest, and we would like to go north on I-35.”
Look for the new IMC South to open around Nov. 3.