Deb Schrock, left, nursing director, and Florence Steiner, Mt. Eaton Care Center’s new administrator
MOUNT EATON Caring and experienced staff members who make patients and families feel at home are at the heart of a warm and friendly care center and midwifery clinic along Winesburg Road.
As the board and staff at Mt. Eaton Care Center and Mt. Eaton Midwifery explore how to serve the Kidron/Dalton and surrounding areas in a greater way, a new administrator began this month, another midwife plans to join in the spring, and a friendlier environment has been created thanks to recent renovations.
Housed in the same building at 9176 Winesburg Road, Dundee, the Mt. Eaton Care Center was started in 1985 by Dr. Elton Lehman, and the Mt. Eaton Midwifery was founded in 2015 by Mary Ann Durbin and Cheri Switzer.
The facilities serve the Amish/Mennonite community with sensitivity and consideration. The primary goal is to offer safe and effective care and provide a peaceful haven all in a comfortable rural setting.
Open every day, the center also offers a Mother’s Boutique with numerous items available for purchase such as birth announcements, compression stockings and maternal items, newborn clothes, baby blankets, hats and bibs, small toys, and books about breastfeeding and healthy living, and other items related to pregnancy.
The majority of the Amish women come to the Care Center via private driver, however, some locals use their personal horse and buggy, and at times they arrive only a few minutes from the time of delivery, as the horse comes to an abrupt stop at the front door entrance.
Recently, Florence Steiner, of Dalton, accepted the position overseeing both the Mt. Eaton Care Center and Mt. Eaton Midwifery. An additional midwife, Rhonda Conley, who has 13 years of midwifery experience is expected to join in the spring. This past year, updates have included kitchen and nursery renovations, and new air conditioner units which patients can control in each room to their comfort level.
Anyone is welcome to learn more about the Care Center and Midwifery at their booth at the annual Farm Solutions event, which is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Sprunger Building on the Kidron Auction grounds.