New providers joining Hammond-Henry Medical group in Port Byron

by Claudia Loucks correspondent
Katie Sowder, left; Heather Hall, and Dr. Julie Brown, are among the providers caring for patients at the Hammond-Henry Hospital Medical Group - Port Byron.

Hammond-Henry Hospital Medical Group – Port Byron is increasing the number of providers beginning this month. The clinic, at 105 North Main St., will add Katie Sowder, APN (Advanced Practice Nurse); Heather Hall, APN, (Advanced Practice Nurse), to the list of current providers.

Sowder and Hall will see patients at the Port Byron clinic two days a week. The two providers have worked at Hammond-Henry Hospital Urgent Care Clinics and will continue to support those clinics when not in Port Byron. The clinic will continue to offer urgent care and appointments for new family medicine, pediatric patients and established patients. The clinic also offers COVID-19 testing by appointment only.

Additionally, Dr. Julie Brown will continue to see patients at the Port Byron office and expand her office hours to two days per week. Dr. Brown also will see patients in Geneseo three days a week.

Dr. Kari Dodds, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, has been serving at the clinic in Port Byron, but is relocating with her family out of state. Patients of Dodds can expect to be contacted from the Port Byron office to schedule with a new provider. Patients may also call the clinic directly at 309-523-2015.

Both Julie (Riewerts) Brown and Katie (Battern) Sowder grew up in the Port Byron community and are enthusiastic about providing healthcare to the community that helped shape them, Hammond-Henry officials said.

Brown has been with the clinic in Port Byron since its inception in January 2020. Sowder has been with the hospital since 2012 and most recently was co-leader of the Hammond-Henry Hospital COVID-19 testing clinics in Geneseo, which was established to help fight the pandemic.

Originally from Oklahoma, Heather Hall moved to the Quad Cities in 2012, which is where she currently resides. She worked as an emergency room nurse before becoming a nurse practitioner in July 2019.

Brown, Hall and Sowder are accepting new patients and are looking forward to providing healthcare to the Port Byron community, according to a press release from Hammond-Henry Hospital.

Dr. Donald Ford, Hammond-Henry Hospital Urgent Care Medical Director and Clinical Administrative Liaison, states, “Hammond-Henry Hospital has been pleased to initiate local healthcare to the Port Byron community and surrounding area, and we have appreciated the community’s support of these efforts. With Dr. Dodd’s’ relocating, we want to be sure we are able to continue providing the high quality care the Port Byron area deserves and has come to expect. The addition of Katie Sowder and Heather Hall to the practice in addition to the current practice of Dr. Julie Brown will accomplish that nicely. Katie and Heather are experienced, quality providers with whom I believe the community will be well pleased.”

Appointments can be scheduled by calling the Port Byron office – 309-523-2015 and office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

Hammond-Henry Hospital Medical Group offers family medicine, urgent/walk-in care and COVID-19 testing at other locations across the region in Geneseo, Cambridge, and Kewanee. Providers see established and urgent care patients.

Clinics in Colona and Annawan offer urgent care hours including COVID-19 testing six days a week. For more information about Hammond-Henry Clinics, visit the website -