Published on July 05, 2016

Dr. Dennis Palmer Joins Genesis Health Group, Aledo

Dennis Palmer, D.O., who has been practicing family medicine in Mercer County for 40 years, is joining Genesis Health Group, Aledo.

Dr. Palmer’s practice and staff will move to the Genesis Health Group, Aledo clinic building located on the hospital campus.  The specialty clinic comprised of Dr. Martha Thornton and visiting specialists now practicing in the space will move into a dedicated specialty clinic located in the hospital.  The move is expected to occur by September 1.

Dr. Palmer is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (1975) and completed residency at the former Davenport Osteopathic Hospital.  Dr. Palmer opened his practice in Aledo in 1976 when he was recruited by the Aledo Jaycees using a special government program for medically underserved communities.  He is board certified in Family Medicine with an added qualification in geriatrics.

“I’ve never wanted to leave,’’ Dr. Palmer said. “I enjoy the community and enjoy caring for the residents, with the help of a wonderful staff.  Joining Genesis will allow me to continue to practice medicine and care for my patients without having to deal with the increasing hassle of the business side.  Regulations and changes in insurance have made it very difficult for solo practices to keep up.”

“The move of Dr. Palmer’s practice to Genesis Health Group, Aledo will give his patients continued access to his experienced, skilled care and also integrate that care within Genesis,’’ said Ted Rogalski, administrator, Genesis Medical Center, Aledo.  “At some point in the future, Dr. Palmer will want to retire and this will allow us to recruit a new physician in a very thoughtful and planned manner.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
“Genesis is pleased to be able provide Dr. Palmer’s patients with a seamless transition.  Most of his staff will also be moving over and Megan Nache, APN will be able to continue her practice in a single location.  While we are moving the practice to a different location, the same high quality of care will continue.’’

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