A new Covenant Clinic location in Oelwein will employ two health care providers already very familiar with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and the local community. Michael Atherley, PA-C and Lori Dettmer, ARNP will provide compassionate care in Covenant Clinic Convenient Care and Occupational Medicine, set to open on the fourth floor of Mercy Hospital later this year.

Michael Atherley is already well known to the local community of Oelwein and surrounding areas, having given 17 years of service to patients in family medicine.

“As long as I can recall, I have always wanted to be in the medical field, because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives,” he says. “I genuinely care about my patients’ overall well-being.”

Atherley lives in Oelwein with his family and is an active member in his church in Oelwein.

Lori Dettmer brings 25 years of health care experience to the clinic. She has worked in occupational health for 16 years and in Convenient Care for four years.

“As a provider I will try to always listen to my patients, and use my skills to improve their health to the best of my abilities,” she says.

Lori is very familiar with the Oelwein area, having grown up on a farm near Frederika and attended school in Tripoli. She now lives in Sumner with her family.

Covenant Clinic Convenient Care provides high quality medical care for all illnesses that are not life threatening. Patients can visit when their primary care provider’s office is closed, when they are unable to schedule a convenient appointment with their regular provider, or when they can’t wait to feel better. This is a walk-in clinic, and no appointment is necessary.

In addition to Convenient Care, Covenant Clinic Occupational Medicine will provide quality and convenient occupational health care to Oelwein businesses and their employees. As a part of the Covenant Clinic network, the staff will have additional support from Occupational Medicine offices in Cedar Falls.

This joint Covenant Clinic office will be located on the fourth floor of Mercy Hospital, at 201 8th Avenue SE in Oelwein. The clinic plans to open by the end of this year.


Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Iowa is a faith-based 511-bed, not-for-profit, comprehensive medical/surgical health care provider offering acute levels of medical care at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls, and Mercy Hospital in Oelwein. Its services in the region also include Covenant Clinic with more than 107 primary care and specialty providers; Covenant Foundation, Sartori Health Care Foundation and Mercy Hospital Foundation. Areas of excellence include cardiology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, maternity and NICU, cancer treatment, minimally invasive and Bariatric surgery. The Iowa operations have been part of a 140-year system of care sponsored by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, formerly incorporated in 1983. In 2016, the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters transferred their Iowa operations to Mercy Health Network, an Iowa-based health care system based out of Des Moines, Iowa.

Mercy Health Network (MHN), based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is an integrated system of hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities dedicated to delivering outstanding health care services and improving the health of people throughout Iowa and contiguous areas. MHN and its two owner-members own and operate eight medical centers and other services in six major markets in Iowa - Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, Mason City, Sioux City and Waterloo/Cedar Falls – and community hospitals in seven other locations. With the addition of Mercy Iowa City, MHN has 27 affiliated organizations that participate through contracts for management and other services, and a joint-ventured surgical hospital in South Dakota. MHN was founded in 1998 under a joint operating agreement between two of the largest Catholic, not-for-profit health organizations in the United States: Catholic Health Initiatives, based in Englewood, Colorado, and Trinity Health, based in Livonia, Michigan. MHN includes more than 3,200 licensed hospital beds, employs more than 17,000 people and has annual operating revenues of more than $2.5 billion.