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Dean Clinic subject brought past employees, patients to November meeting

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on November 16, 2016

On Nov. 12th the East Side History Club heard Bob Kann, (http://www.bobkann.com/  ) talk about the Doctors Dean and the history of the Dean Clinic and the practice of medicine from 1904 through the 1950s.

Bob became interested in the Dean Clinic’s history while researching the history of St. Mary’s Hospital. https://stmarys100stories.wordpress.com/

Dr. Joseph Dean Sr. helped to found St. Mary’s and his brother, two sons and grandson became doctors, in part due to Dr. Dean’s example of unselfish devotion to serving his patients and the community. For more on the history of the Dean Medical Group see  http://www.deancare.com/about-us/history/

The East Madison Clinic became a part of Dean Medical Group in 1982 due in large part to the State’s requirement that medical groups offer a type of health insurance called HMO (Health Maintenance Organization). Rather than form its own the Clinic decided to join the Dean organization.

Attending the November meeting were a group of former employees, including two retired physicians, of the East Madison Clinic who spoke highly of the close working and social relationships that developed at the clinic, due in part to the very small building where it was located.

Dr. Cyrus Reznichek  came to Madison to practice medicine in 1935.  In 1945 he founded the EMC with Drs. Eugene Skroch, R.J. Hennen, and William Meisekothen. They opened their offices in the Simley Building, 2037 Winnebago St.  In 1956 the Clinic built their own building at 1912 Atwood Ave.

The clinic was primarily a general practice clinic but over time they added doctors who were trained in various specialties. By 1969 there were 12 doctors plus staff working under very crowded conditions so the building was enlarged.

It was torn down after the clinic moved to a new, much larger building on 1821 South Stoughton Road in 2004.

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