2024 brings merged health care services to Watertown

January 2, 2024
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–The new year means a new look to health care services in Watertown.

Prairie Lakes Healthcare System and Brown Clinic officially merged Monday.

The conclusion of the purchase establishes primary care for the first time at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, branded as Prairie Lakes Brown Clinic.

Doctor Stacie Lenssen says, “trusted Brown Clinic physicians are now your trusted Prairie Lakes Brown Clinic physicians at their same locations. It’s an exciting and positive change for the health care in our region and future care of the communities we serve.”

“Primary care is essential to navigating good health and complements the Prairie Lakes mission of making a positive difference in the health of the patients and communities we serve,” said Vincent A. “Vince” Foley, Chairman of the Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Board of Directors.

“A lot of time, teamwork, and focused effort from both organizations has led to the successful creation of primary care at Prairie Lakes,” added John Allen, CEO of Prairie Lakes Healthcare System. “We look forward to serving our patients and communities through a comprehensive continuum of care.”

With the acquisition, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System welcomes over 100 new employees including 17 physicians and five advanced practice providers.