In 2002 when Patrick Hendrickson walked across the stage at Winterset High School and received his high school diploma little did he realize he’d be back in Winterset practicing medicine fifteen years later. Yet, Madison County Health Care System is pleased to welcome him to the health care team.
Now married and father of two boys and two girls ranging in age from ten months to ten years, Hendrickson has joined the Health Trust Physician Clinic as they prepare to ramp up their services to include urgent care. Beginning July 17, the Health Trust Physicians Clinic (HTPC), located at 300 W. Hutchings, adjacent to Madison County Memorial Hospital, will extend their hours to meet the urgent care needs of area residents. HTPC will be open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 12 Noon. No appointment is necessary to be seen in the urgent care clinic.
Hendrickson enlisted in the Army and completed his basic training the summer between his Junior and Senior years in High School. Upon graduation from high school he went directly into training as a medic. He was deployed to Iraq in 2003 for fourteen months. Upon completion of his tour, he entered Drake University in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. During his college period he continued his service to the Army as an ROTC cadet. Hendrickson was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army when he graduated in 2010.
He received additional Army training in Airborne, Air Assault and Pathfinder operations and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 as an Infantry Platoon leader. It was during his active duty tours that the idea of medicine was rekindled. He had always thought about medicine as a career.
When he returned from Afghanistan, he remained at Drake University as the officer in charge of the ROTC program and completed the remainder of his pre-requisites to pursue Medicine. He decided to go the Physician Assistant route because it would allow him to practice sooner.
Hendrickson completed his Physician Assistant training through the military’s Interservice Physician Assistant Program and now serves as the Physician Assistant for the 34th Infantry Battalion. His training included eighteen months of didactic training at Ft. Sam Houston in Texas and a year of clinical rotations at Ft. Benning in Georgia. As a National Guardsman, he serves one weekend a month and two weeks during the year. With over sixteen years under his belt he plans to continue to serve and retire after his obligation is fulfilled.
Upon completion of his clinical training he and his wife wanted to return to Central Iowa as his wife is originally from the Des Moines area. When he learned of the opportunity to practice in Winterset he thought it would be an outstanding opportunity to give back to the community.
Marcia Hendricks, RN, MHCA, FACHE, CEO of Madison County Health Care System said, “We were so excited to learn of Patrick’s interest in becoming a member of the Madison County Health Care team. He is an outstanding young man with excellent skills. I have no doubt he will be a tremendous asset to our organization and provide outstanding service to our patients.”
Hendrickson said, “This is a perfect work environment, everyone is so helpful and talented; from the staff up to my fellow providers, it’s a great team effort.” He added, “This hospital really cares about the community and outstanding care is being provided.” Hendrickson said he was very impressed with the great “home-town feel” they experience in Winterset.
The Hendrickson family is in the process of relocating to the Winterset area in the future. He said they are big fans of the outdoors and enjoy baseball, softball, camping, fishing and family time in general.