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 9 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.
HistoryClick to Expand
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. Several of the founding physicians continue to be part of our physician group. Since 2000, Mid-Illinois Medical has expanded to nine current physician partners: Drs. 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 nine physicians currently serve Effingham, Coles and Bond counties. The medical group employs over 100 health care professionals and support staff, including 12 Nurse Practitioners. Mid-Illinois Medical Care Associates is currently comprised of seven clinics located in Effingham, Teutopolis, Altamont, Dieterich, Greenville and Charleston. Five of our six medical practices are certified Rural Health Clinics.
Mid-Illinois Medical Care Associates has a Central Business Office located in Effingham, IL, where Greg Baker has been the Business Director for over 10 years. The Central Business Office is staffed with a total of 10 employees. Crystal Douthit is the Project Manager at MIMCA overseeing, internal systems, new business, advertising, and web development. Kayla Bowling is the Practice Manager overseeing administrative operations as well as human resources for the business office and all 6 clinics. Kayla is new to MIMCA and has recently relocated back to the area. She is a native of Teutopolis, Illinois, but moved south when she finished school. She completed her degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Radiologic Sciences with a specialization in Radiation Therapy. She later completed her Masters Degree in Radiologic Sciences. We give a warm welcome to Kayla & wish her much success. 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. Runde is currently serving as the president of Mid-Illinois Medical Care Associates, LLC.
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, Effingham Rehabilitaion, & Newton Rest Haven. 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. Dr Opilka is currently serving as Vice President of Mid- Illinois Medical Care Associates, LLC.
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 micro-dermabrasions.
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.
Special Honors & AwardsClick to Expand
Rural Health Physician of Excellence Award
Dr. Opilka (2011)
Dr. Runde (2005)
Dr Hopkins (2018)
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)
Tribute to Dr DustClick to Expand
Dr Dust was one of the founding fathers of Mid-Illinois Medical Care Associates back in 2000. He prided himself on his love of research not only medical, but he enjoyed a wide variety of many other fields of interest. He was very passionate about his career and specialized in comprehensive adult care & took special interest in Geriatrics, Diabetes Management, and Hypertension . He was an exceptional physician with decades of experience and served as President of MIMCA since 2000.
Dr Dust was most comfortable spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, spending time with family, & friends. He lived his life to the fullest, by appreciating all that the earth had to offer. He took great passion in entomology, & loved to share his knowledge with others.
His passion for attention to details, and his extreme thoughtfulness made him not only an unforgettable healthcare provider, but also great mentor, friend, coworker, & member of the community.
He will be missed tremendously, but his spirit will live on.
Dr. Eugene Dust is board certified in Internal Medicine. He has been in private practice for many years. Dr. Dust graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine – Chicago and completed his Internal Medicine internship at the Genessee Hospital in Rochester, New York. Dr. Dust’s Internal Medicine residency was completed at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
Certification & Affiliations:
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Medical Association & American Medical Political Action Committee
Illinois State Medical Society & Illinois State Medical Society Political Action Committee
American College of Physicians
St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham, IL. – Medical Staff
1970 – 1973 – B.S. – Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
1973 – 1977 – M.D. – University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
1977 – 1978 – Internship – Internal Medicine – Genessee Hospital, Rochester, N.Y.
1978 – 1980 – Residency – Internal Medicine – University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY.