By Tammy Mathison
“I am pleased to announce that my clinics in Hendricks and Ivanhoe have entered into a verbal
agreement with Hendricks Community Hospital Association (HCHA) for the hospital to acquire
ownership,” said Dr. Tabb McCluskey, owner of Hendricks Clinic P.A. and Ivanhoe Medical Center.
“However, I want to assure the public that Hendricks is our home, we have no plans of moving,”
added Dr. McCluskey. “Our sons were raised here and received a good education in the Lincoln HI school system. One has gone on to become a lawyer, one is in grad school for biology and one is working on his degree in paleontology. My practice is here and I have a strong desire to finish my practice here—way in the future,” said Dr. McCluskey.
Dr. McCluskey began his medical practice in Hendricks 24 years ago when he and his wife Joan, along with their two young sons, moved to Hendricks. “We moved here because we like the area,” said Dr. McCluskey. “Joan was from Elkton and I grew up in Arlington. We had looked at multiple facilities, but we really liked Hendricks.” In 1989, a third son was added and Dr. McCluskey
entered into a partnership with Dr. LeRoy Mueller, who owned the Hendricks Clinic at the time. In 1994 Dr. McCluskey purchased Dr. Mueller’s ownership portion of the Hendricks Clinic. In 2007, at the request of the Divine Providence board, Dr. McCluskey established the Ivanhoe
About a year ago, Dr. McCluskey approached HCHA Administrator Jeff Gollaher about a possible
merger of the clinics and hospital.
“I approached the hospital to see if we could look at a different plan,” said Dr. McCluskey. “There are so many changes in medicine and I just felt that together we could be stronger than if we were separate. And as we looked at that plan it just really progressed.”
“We have a history of collaborating and working together in the community and providing care, which enabled that communication to really progress to the point we could look at what would be mutually beneficial for both entities in the community going forward,” said Gollaher. “Moving the (Hendricks) clinic from downtown to the hospital campus in 2006 was a great success, we were able to improve patient access to services which was a value to them by not having to have multiple visits. It’s a convenience to the patients to have much quicker care. This opportunity is in front of us right now because of our prior working relationships that we have had,” said Gollaher. “By joining 1together it will allow us to lower costs of delivering primary care to the community
by not having duplicative services.”
“We will be able to offer more services and have more available to the patients,” added Dr. McCluskey.
“Although we have had a wonderful working relationship through the years and we worked to ensure primary care was being delivered in the community, it required the complexity of two entities working toward that goal. Combining the clinics and hospital into one entity makes it easier to navigate through the complexity of providing health care,” said Gollaher. “While both the hospital and clinics are financially strong, we believe working together will improve the quality and access to care in our communities and the ability to recruit doctors is greatly enhanced,” added Gollaher.
Gollaher went on to say that the merger has many additional benefits. “We will strengthen our ability to remain independent, have access to better technology and we will have an increase in reimbursements from the federal government, which will in turn provide more resources
to work with to continue to provide services to the community. Overall, I would say Dr. McCluskey and I are very excited about the ability to continue providing primary care services in Hendricks,
Ivanhoe and White working as one entity,” said Gollaher.
“All these years I have been in private practice, providing primary care and providing jobs and running a business,” said Dr. McCluskey. “The clinics have been successful. I am appreciative of my family’s and community’s support for the clinics through the years. This is an opportunity
for us to expand the resources we have and now I can focus on the care of patients and not as much on the business aspect.
It allows me to continue to do what I love to do, which is taking care of patients.”