McFarland Clinic celebrated the ground breaking for its new facility at the ISU Research Park in Ames on Thursday, May 11. Physicians and staff were on hand for the ceremony along with representatives from the ISU Research Park and the Ames Chamber of Commerce.
"This is a really cool occasion for the Ames community, the ISU Research Park, and certainly McFarland Clinic," said Dan Culhane, president & CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission. "It really is amazing what's been created out here by the Iowa State Research Park Corporation, the Iowa State University community, and now McFarland Clinic, making a significant investment in their hometown of Ames."
Andrew Perry, McFarland Clinic CEO, said the new facility will let the Clinic expand its footprint in Ames.
"When you look at the work that's gone into developing the Research Park," Perry said, "the growth that's going to happen in this part of the community with the businesses and the housing, we think this is a great fit for us as an organization."
The new building will also include space for a child care center operated by LilyPad Learning Center of Huxley and Madrid. Sara Hillebrand, Owner & Executive Director of LilyPad, expressed her excitement for expanding her organization's services to Ames.
"We feel that this part of South Ames is definitely in need of this program," said Hillebrand. "It's a smaller-feeling community of the south side of Ames that we're excited to be part of."
Steve Carter, president of the ISU Research Park, said the new facility will offer key amenities for residents around the Research Park and employees of area businesses.
"Medical services, wellness services, and child care were things that were a recurring theme with all of our tenants," said Carter. "We could not be happier than to have partners in the people who are standing up here today."
The new McFarland Clinic facility is scheduled to open in the summer of 2018.