When Dr. Jacob Hayward was added to the DeWitt Eyecare team, he was intent from day one on determining whether this was going to be the community he would pour a majority of his life into.
“I grew up just twenty minutes away from here in Maquoketa, IA and even came to intern and job shadow with Drs. (Mervin) Hassebrock and (Scott) Palmer prior to entering school. It was always a dream to come back and contribute to the practice and serve the patients that were so welcoming to me.” - Dr. Hayward
Dr. Hassebrock opened DeWitt Eyecare Clinic in 1978 and as the business grew, he eventually had the building built in which daily operations continue to occur. The practice had blossomed to two full time doctors and seven team members when Dr. Hassebrock began to contemplate seeking someone who would be a great addition to the team who would have a desire to continue the legendary service this community had learn to expect and appreciate.
In August of 2014, Dr. Hayward was the answer to that desire and joined the team. After a year and half of patient care and oversight of various clinic initiatives, Dr. Hayward worked together with Dr. Hassebrock to transition the business to Dr. Hayward while Dr. Hassebrock would continue with patient care on a part-time basis.
“Our goal during the transition was to make it as seamless and smooth as possible. Every team member you have come to look forward to seeing is still present, our extended hours are still available for patients to receive personalized care, and we still have the quality products and service our patients have come to love. I think we have achieved our goal and strive to improve upon it on a daily basis.” - Dr. Hayward