United Hospital District and Clinics (UHD) is pleased to announce a purchase agreement with Dulcimer Medical Center (DMC) of Fairmont, MN, a privately owned, multi-practice medical facility. The purchase transferred ownership of DMC’s land and buildings to UHD effective December 30, 2021. Dulcimer Medical Center’s owner and President Dr. Steven E. Parnell joined UHD CEO Rick Ash in making the announcement.

According to terms of the agreement, UHD acquired the property from Center Creek Holdings LLC, a
partnership of Dr. Steven Parnell, Dr. Jon Erickson and their spouses that includes Dr. Parnell’s medical
practice and Dr. Erickson’s Fairmont Family Dentistry dental practice. UHD’s new ownership of the site
will not interrupt either practice’s day to day operations and patients of both practices can continue to
receive services in the same location. While the dental practice will remain independent, UHD hopes to
eventually assimilate the medical practice and will work with DMC over the next few years to establish
a transition of care.

“This is an exciting development and the agreement is important for several reasons,” said UHD’s Rick
Ash. “It enhances our longstanding relationship with Dr. Parnell, it provides a framework to keep
healthcare local and it creates new opportunities to expand UHD’s services in Fairmont. My hope is
that we will collaborate to ultimately bring more healthcare to Martin County.”

Added DMC’s Dr. Parnell, “As an independent practice, we’ve always explored care options that are in
the best interest of our patients. Fairmont is a beautiful community and we don’t want to see medical
services leave the area. By partnering with UHD, we strengthen our footprint and improve the ability to
offer more. My staff and I look forward to maintaining our relationships with our patients.”
Dr. Parnell has practiced in the community for several decades and has been a member of UHD’s
medical staff since 2010. The Dulcimer Medical Center building was constructed in 2008 and opened in