Dean History: Riverview Clinic- Dean - WI

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Dean History: Riverview Clinic

Riverview Clinic: Providing Health Care in Janesville for Nearly a Century

In 1918, fourteen years after Dr. Joseph Dean began his medical practice in Madison, Drs. John Pember, Thomas Nuzum and Thomas Snodgrass formed a medical partnership in Janesville, Wisconsin called “Drs. Pember and Nuzum Clinic.”

Like Drs. Joseph and James Dean, Drs. Pember and Nuzum embraced the idea of a team medical practice in which physicians pooled their talents in order to provide better medical services. And, just as the Dean brothers were instrumental in the development of St. Mary’s Hospital, Drs. Pember and Nuzum played important roles in the development of Janesville’s Mercy Hospital.

By the mid-1950s, the clinic was renamed the Pember-Nuzum Clinic, and in the early 1970s it was moved to a new facility built next to Mercy Hospital with the name “Riverview Clinic.”

A new partnership

By the early 1990s, Riverview had developed an unfavorable relationship with Mercy Hospital. The clinic was looking to expand and join forces with a strong partner.

At the time, Dean was looking for an opportunity to expand into Rock County as part of its effort to become a regional health care provider. For years, Riverview doctors had referred patients to Dean specialists. This helped lead to a new partnership.

In 1994, Riverview Clinic merged with Dean Medical Center, adding all 259 Riverview employees, including 54 primary and specialty care physicians, to the Dean Medical Center staff. In addition to Riverview’s main clinic in Janesville, the merger included offices in Milton and Delavan.

The partnership has flourished. When St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital opened in January of 2012, the Riverview Clinic moved onto to the new hospital campus and was renamed Dean Clinic- Janesville East.

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