Greg Fillenwarth, the nurse practitioner who has led the Switzerland County Nurse Managed Clinic for the past eight years, has tendered his resignation to the Switzerland County Commissioners.
Greg Fillenwarth came to Switzerland County eight years ago from the Indianapolis area to take over the clinic, which had seen four different nurse practitioners in the first nine years that it was open. His hiring has provided stability in the office, which has come to be one of the most important sources of healthcare for residents of the county.
He will be developing a clinic for employees and families in Jennings County and North Vernon at one of the factories there, and the opportunity to build the clinic from the ground up was intriguing to him.
His last day to see patients here at the Switzerland County clinic is April 19th.
“I’m actually going to be around using up some vacation time,” Greg Fillenwarth said. “People can still call in, because Beth (Meyer) and Saundra (Adams) will still be here. The clinic isn’t closing or anything like that.”
The board of the nurse managed clinic has begun the search for a new nurse practitioner for the Switzerland County Nurse Managed Clinic; and it is hoped that a new person is on board as soon as possible.
“We’re hoping that they find someone pretty quickly,” Greg Fillenwarth said. “It took five months for them to find me, and that’s part of the reason why I told them that my last day would be the 19th, but I would just use vacation time, so I’m still around to catch any emergencies, do refills, things like that; but we’re trying to get as many people in for their six month wellness follow ups as we can in the next three weeks.”
The clinic itself will remain, with staff on duty during the same hours, with services still being provided such as refills. Those county residents who rely on clinic services should not be impacted greatly, and it is hoped that a new nurse practitioner will be able to relocate here quickly.
“Dr. Frede, our medical director, I’m sure will be involved,” Greg Fillenwarth said. “And as soon as they can find someone. We all want to get someone else in here, because we don’t want to lose the momentum we’ve gained over the past eight years.”
And there’s quite a momentum.
Greg Fillenwarth estimates that he sees about 20-23 patients a day, which translates to about 100 people each week – making it even more important to find a replacement as soon as possible.
But, as he looks forward to his next career adventure, Greg Fillenwarth still leaves Switzerland County with mixed emotions.
“It’s tough,” he said. “It’s just really exciting because it’s starting the clinic and being in on the ground floor and guiding how it’s going to look. That’s really exciting for me.
“But we are still staying in Switzerland County for now,” he continued, “Because I love the view from my front porch.”