Jasper looks ahead to new medical service provider

The Jasper Development Corporation (JDC) is ending its lease with the Pipestone County Medical Center (PCMC) for the building located at 121 Sherman Ave. North in Jasper. 

The original agreement was for the medical facility to provide medical services for the community while paying for all costs associated with utilities and maintenance, with no monetary exchange between the JDC and PCMC. Now, the JDC has decided to sell the building, rather than lease it, to Moden Medical Group, the same organization that now owns and runs Sunrise Village in Jasper. While PCMC will have until sometime in May to vacate the building, when exactly Moden Medical Group will start offering health services is yet to be determined.

Jasper City Clerk/Treasurer Cortney Kounkel said that notice was sent to PCMC on Feb. 1, and they responded on Feb. 10, agreeing to the change. The facility has been unused since the start of the pandemic, prompting city officials to search for a new option for healthcare for Jasper residents. Mike Baustian, president of the JDC, said that the JDC was concerned that the building was not being utilized to its greatest ability and the new potential owner has expressed interest in having it open multiple days a week while offering more services to the community.

“We felt it was worth a try to get better health services for the community of Jasper,” Baustian said.

The sale to Moden Medical Group has not been finalized yet, Kounkel said. A sale price, date and opening of the facility will be determined after PCMC has had time to vacate the building.