Mid-Illinois Medical Care Associates, LLC is a multi-specialty medical group dedicated to providing the highest quality medical care throughout Central and Southern Illinois. Founded in 2000 by a group of primary care physicians, we have continuously evolved into our current 7 clinics; serving Effingham, Coles, and Bond Counties. Mid-Illinois Medical Care Associates, LLC is comprised of over 20 providers, including 10 primary care physicians. Mid-Illinois Medical Care’s physicians and nurse practitioners offer a variety of services including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, and aesthetics medicine. We are dedicated to administering the best primary and preventative medicine to patients of all ages.
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Corporate history and growth:
Mid-Illinois Medical Care Associates, LLC, (MIMCA) has been devoted to serving the community’s healthcare needs since the year 2000 when the physician group was formed. Drs. Dust, Runde, Merkel and Bishop were the original founding physicians of Mid-Illinois Medical Care Associates. Dr. Bishop has since retired, but the other founding physicians continue to be part of our physician group. Since 2000, Mid-Illinois Medical has expanded to ten current physician partners: Drs. Eugene Dust, Charles Runde, John Merkel, Eric Bloemer, John Opilka, Sean Flynn, Andrew Gage, Michelle Braddy, Kelsey Hopkins and Philip Siefken. All of our physician partners are Board Certified in their specialty.
Our ten physicians currently serve Effingham, Coles and Bond counties. The medical group employs over 100 health care professionals and support staff, including 13 Nurse Practioners. Mid-Illinois Medical Care Associates is currently comprised of seven clinics located in Effingham, Teutopolis, Altamont, Dieterich, Greenville and Charleston. Five of our seven medical practices are certified Rural Health Clinics.
Mid-Illinois Medical Care Associates has a Central Business Office located in Effingham, IL. The administrative staff includes Greg Baker, Business Director, Cynthia Wise, Practice Manager and Meghan Wahl, Administrative Assistant. Mid-Illinois Medical Care’s billing department has received the “99 % Club” award from Gateway and Trizetto in St. Louis. This is awarded to those practices that bill with less than 1% error rate consistently.
Runde Clinic is located in Teutopolis, IL. Drs. Runde, Merkel and Bloemer provide services at the clinic and are all board certified family practitioners. Drs. Runde & Merkel were the original physicians at Runde Clinic, and Dr. Bloemer returned to Effingham County in 2012 to begin practicing at Runde Clinic.
The clinic was renovated and expanded in 2013 to include laboratory services, x-ray and ultrasound. Kremer Pharmacy was part of the expansion and includes a drive-up pharmacy located on the north side of Runde Clinic.
All of Runde Clinic’s providers are highly regarded in their community and have been recipients of many awards and recognitions in the area. Dr. Runde was the recipient of the “Rural Health Physician of Excellence” award in 2005 by the Illinois Rural Health Association. He has also been voted “Favorite Family Physician” numerous times through the annual Effingham Daily News – People’s Choice Awards. Dr. Merkel was awarded the “Gift of Hope”, an award which recognizes those who compassionately facilitate organ donations. He was nominated by a patient’s family. Dr. Bloemer was awarded the “Arnold Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine” at St. Louis University School of Medicine in 2008.
Dr. Dust’s Office is located at the Effingham Medical Center on Temple Avenue. Dr. Eugene Dust is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Dust’s office provides on-site laboratory services. Dr. Dust has served as the President of Mid-Illinois Medical Care Associates, LLC since 2000 and has served two-terms as President of the Medical Staff at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital. He is the Medical Director of the Newton Care Center in Newton, IL and was the President of Effingham County Primary Care Providers for 12 years.
Drs. Flynn and Gage’s Office is located on Maple Street adjacent to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham. The clinic provides on-site laboratory services. Dr. Flynn is a board certified family practitioner. He was the President of the Effingham County Primary Care Providers Association for many years and is currently the Medical Director of Oakview, a part of the ARC Community Support System. Dr. Flynn serves on the Board of the Effingham County Health Department and was also voted “Favorite Family Physician” in the 2015 by the Effingham Daily News – People’s Choice Awards.
Dr. Andrew Gage is a family practitioner who joined Mid-Illinois Medical Care in 2013. He currently practices at two locations: the Maple Street location in Effingham as well as in Charleston, IL. Dr. Gage is the Medical Director of Hilltop Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Charleston, IL and Arcola Health Care Center in Arcola, IL.
Altamont Medical Center is the office of Dr. John Opilka, a board certified family practitioner who joined Mid-Illinois Medical Care in 2003. Dr. Opilka opened his new medical facility, Opilka Family Health Center, located near downtown Altamont in 2017. He also provides balance and fall risk-assessment. Ancillary services offered within the facility include laboratory services, x-ray, ultrasound, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, diabetic counseling and a weight management program. In addition, Kremer Pharmacy, Weber Optics and the Skin Refinery are located in this comprehensive medical facility offering a high level of patient convenience. Dr. John Opilka is the Medical Director of Lutheran Care Nursing Home in Altamont, Aperion in St. Elmo and Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Effingham. He was awarded the “Illinois Rural Health Physician of Excellence” in 2011. Kim Burgess, Nurse Practitioner at Altamont Medical Center, was awarded the “Illinois Rural Health Provider” in 2016. These are annual awards given by the Illinois Rural Health Association.
Dieterich Community Medical Center is the office of Dr. Michelle Braddy who is a board certified family practitioner and is located in Dieterich, IL. She trained in Spokane, Washington for her Obstetric Fellowship. Dr. Braddy joined Mid-Illinois Medical Care in 2008 and has a special interest in Women’s Health and Obstetrics. For patient convenience, she sees patients in Effingham at Drs. Flynn and Gage’s office two mornings a week. Dieterich Community Medical Center provides laboratory services. Besides family practice and obstetrics, Dr. Braddy offers laser procedures for hair removal, spider veins, skin discoloration, toe and fingernail fungus, and mole or wart removal. She performs aesthetic procedures such as Botox injections, cosmetic fillers for nasolabial folds, facial peels and microdermabrasions.
In 2017, Dieterich Community Medical Center was expanded to include a telepharmacy that includes a drive up window for patient convenience.
Greenville Family Medicine is the office of Drs. Philip Siefken and Kelsey Hopkins and is located in Greenville, IL. The physicians joined Mid-Illinois Medical Care in March of 2016. Greenville Family Medicine provides on-site laboratory services. Dr. Kelsey Hopkins is a board certified family practitioner and has a special interest in Rural Medicine. He is also an assistant clinical professor for the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford. Dr. Philip Siefken is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and has a patient population from infants to older adults. Prior to returning back to Greenville, he worked in an inner city clinic in Indianapolis and then taught full time at Indiana University School of Medicine.
All of Mid-Illinois Medical Care’s offices are accepting new patients. For appointments, please contact the clinics directly. The new patient application can also be located on our website under the patients tab applications & forms.
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Rural Health Physician of Excellence Award
Dr. Opilka (2011)
Dr. Runde (2005)
Effingham Daily News “Peoples’ Choice” Award
Dr. Runde (2005)
Dr. Flynn (2016)
Kim Burgess N.P. (2016)
Gift of Hope Award
Dr. Merkel (2013)
Arnold Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award
Dr. Bloemer (2008)
Best in Bond County
Greenville Family Medicine (2016)