Tornado Destroys Allergy & Asthma Center in Rogers
A tornado touched down in Rogers Saturday night, twisting trees, downing power lines and leveling fences throughout the area.
The Hedberg Allergy and Asthma Center was hit full force.
Curtis Hedberg, M.D., Jenny Campbell, M.D., Adesua Wejinya, M.D. and their office staff spent Sunday digging through the debris to see what could be salvaged.
“Basically, the front door was completely blown out,” Dr. Hedberg said as he showed 5NEWS reporter Christine Whitten the damage. “These doors were actually out in this direction. Most of the ceiling here in the front has been blown out.”
Dr. Hedberg and his staff have been in their office since 2007.
Now, years of memories are strewn about the hallways, exam rooms and parking lot.
Rogers Mayor, Greg Hines, called the scene ‘shocking.’
“It’s amazing these storms, the power that they have, and the damage that they can produce in such a short amount of time,” said Hines.
Dr. Hedberg is putting his positive attitude to the test as he works to get his business up and running once again.
He’s even looking on the bright side.
“Fortunately since we are basically paperless, and full electronic as far as medical records are concerned, we did not have to be worried about wet paper charts flying all over the place,” he said.
Medical records were just one of many concerns.
“The fish have moved to temporary headquarters until we can find a new home for them,” said Dr. Hedberg.
Mayor Hines, said he’s counting his blessings.
“Thank God that this occurred on a Saturday evening in a business zone because fortunately there were no critical injuries,” Hines said.
Their Hedberg Allergy and Asthma Center in Fayetteville is still seeing patients.
Dr. Hedberg said he is not sure if the clinic is salvageable, he is waiting for the building’s structure to be analyzed before making a decision.
But, in the meantime, he is looking for a temporary location in Rogers.