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Mitch Staiger stands amid the mess and potential of the new, updated Medicine Man Pharmacy (formerly Ron's Pharmacy). There were plans to remodel, but the March flood pushed the time line up.

Medicine Man still open amid mess

Mary Le Arneal
Published 6/12/19

• Post office, medical clinic hope to open soon.

The Medicine Man Pharmacy was due for an update.

Plans were in the drawing stages when the March flood hit, changing everything.

“The flood made us get going before we had the contracts, approvals, etc.,” pharmacist Mitch Staiger said. “We planned to do it all along, we just didn’t get to operate on our time frame. But we are excited to move forward,”

Contractor Tom Baumert of Dodge has been hired. Permits have been filed. In order to remove the load-bearing wall between the front rooms, a structural engineer was required to draw up plans, and new footings are being dug on either side of the wall. Four steel beams will be placed along a small part of the wall with two steel beams across the ceiling. Roch Emanuel is doing the welding.

Staiger said once they get the permits they will “go like crazy.”

“Our original goal was Old Settlers, but that won’t happen,” he said.

The pharmacy part of the business is still operating. On days the construction crew is there, customers need to enter the west door in back of the building.

“If people just call ahead, we will bring their prescriptions out to their car,” Staiger said, “and we will deliver. We are glad everyone stayed with us throughout the whole process.”
Staiger said there will be some minor changes to the store, mostly cosmetic.

“It’ll look sharp,” he said.

The medical clinic just south of the pharmacy is also recovering post-flood. Methodist Fremont Health hopes to reopen the North Bend clinic in July.

“We initially thought it may be a few more months before we could reopen that clinic, and we were considering opening in a temporary location,” president and CEO of Methodist Fremont Health Brett Richmond said. “We were working through some barriers related to technology needs in that temporary space, when we received encouraging news that we should be able to reopen in the clinic in July.”

Dr. Todd Eberle and physician assistant Larry Kisby will resume seeing patients in North Bend when the building reopens. They currently see their North Bend patients in their Fremont office.

North Bend postmaster Sherry Carmicheal said the post office building will start remodeling this week. The cleanup was complete a while ago, but decisions on replacement material has caused a delay.
Carmichael said the post office will open as soon as possible.



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