ADRIAN - The Adrian community will celebrate continuous and improved access to rural health care on Saturday, as Sanford Health Adrian Clinic opens its doors for the first time at its new Maine Avenue location.

The public is invited to celebrate the new 3,340-square-foot facility at 201 Maine Ave. during a special Saturday open house celebration. Current providers and other Sanford staff will welcome guests from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with cider and cookies served. The clinic officially opens Monday

According to Tammy Loosbrock, Sanford senior director that oversees the Luverne, Rock Rapids, Iowa and Adrian locations, the new clinic will feature what she described as the same great providers for primary care, physical therapy, radiology and laboratory needs.

While the clinic’s operations will remain the same as its current location in the former Arnold Memorial Hospital in Adrian, Loosbrock said the site will be more modern, have better accessibility and be conveniently located next to a pharmacy.

“So if someone needs a prescription, they can walk right next door and grab it,” she said. “It’ll be nice to be part of that downtown community.”

Adrian City Administrator Bruce Heitkamp expects the clinic’s downtown location will also be an asset to the Adrian community, as it fills a gap that a December 2004 fire left after destroying a hardware store, cafe and bakery.

“It is essential to fill the gaps on mainstreet and (this clinic) really fulfills that,” Heitkamp said, adding that moving the location downtown should help the city’s retail and other service sectors.

Described as a project that has been explored for several years, ground was broken on the new facility in May. Construction, Loosbrock said, has moved along without any issues or concerns.

Lyndon Drenth purchased the property from the city and constructed the new facility, which will be leased long term to Sanford Health.

“We couldn’t have had a better partner,” Loosbrock said, adding that other community organizations worked with him by way of approving tax abatement requests and other supports.

With a couple of assisted living facilities and the first step into the health care system for individuals who are sick, Loosbrock said continuing primary care access in a rural community is essential.

Loosbrock added that Adrian is probably one of Sanford’s top clinics, given its patient experience and quality metrics.

“Everybody in that clinic is from the community and has a desire to give back,” she said. “I think that’s what helps set it apart and what helps make it successful.”