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Lawrence Memorial Hospital hires second doctor for new medical building in Eudora

September 15, 2010

Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s CEO has a dose of good news for Eudora residents.

The hospital has hired a much-needed second doctor, and the new medical building is scheduled to be finished in March — five months earlier than the original estimate.

During Wednesday’s LMH board meeting, Gene Meyer said Dr. Liz Stamper would begin working in its Eudora family practice around Dec. 1.

Stamper, who is from Overland Park, is completing her family practice residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

“Her residency director said that she was one of the best residents that they’ve ever had, and that’s a very reputable residency program,” Meyer said.

She will join Dr. Daniel Dickerson, who has worked in Eudora since 2002. They will work in the small downtown clinic, which has three exam rooms, until LMH’s new 10,500-square-foot medical building is finished.

“It’s going to be a little tight during cold and flu season,” Dickerson said with a laugh.

But, he doesn’t mind. He’s excited about the help. He sees about 100 patients each week.

“My days are long and my half-days off, on Wednesdays, are pretty much spent in front of the computer the whole time,” he said.

He believes Stamper will fit right in to the practice and community.

“I am very glad that we found someone who is energetic and family-oriented like Liz. She seems like a wonderful person from talking to her and having dinner with her,” he said.

The hospital has been seeking a doctor for the commnity of about 6,000 people on-and-off for about two years.

It hired Dr. Mickelle Hirschman about a year ago, but LMH’s plans for the new medical building had been delayed because of a dispute about who would supply water to the center. Hirschman ended up accepting a position at LMH’s Baldwin City practice.

Today, the $2.5 million medical building is taking form and is visible to passersby on Kansas Highway 10 southeast of the Church Street exit.

Skanda Skandaverl, director of facilities management at LMH, said the project is on schedule.

Dickerson, who hadn’t heard the updated schedule, was thrilled.

“I am so excited,” he said. “Seriously? They said, ‘March.’ Wow. Excellent.”

It will have 11 exam rooms, a procedure room and dedicated X-ray equipment. LMH Kreider Rehabilitation Services will offer outpatient physical therapy, and Byrne’s Pharmacy will lease space in the building.

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