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Ground breaking for new health care center held

Thursday, March 9, 2006


GROWTH: Above: Cherokee Village Planning and Zoning Committee chairman Tom Thompson presents Larry McElroy, senior project manager for Nabholz Construction, a division of B.B. Vance, a permit for construction during the groundbreaking ceremony March 1 at KN Medical Building at the intersection of Highway 62/412 and Hospital Drive.

A Batesville health provider is bringing additional medical services to the Cherokee Village area.

White River Medical Center broke ground on a new medical complex adjacent to KN Medical Building on March 1.

The facility will allow WRMC staff to provide comprehensive outpatient services. The office will include services such as mammography, bone densitometry, nuclear medicine and ultrasound. In addition, the CT scanning and X-ray will be digital.

"The digital X-ray and CT scans will allow radiologists in Batesville to read the results in minutes," said Joe Walls, WRMC director of rural health clinics.

The facility will include outpatient laboratory, rehabilitation therapies and an outpatient surgery suite for minor surgical and endoscopy procedures. There will also be four holding rooms to accommodate patients who require up to 24-hour care.

"We're planning to do all the work they need right there close to their homes," Walls said. "That's what the people asked for, and we're going to give it to them."

In addition, the facility will also be the new home to existing clinics now at other locations in the Quad Cities -- Midway Medical Clinic and Dr. Tim Young, Hardy Medical and Dr. Don Lamoureaux, WRMC Urgent Care Clinic, WRMC Specialty and Endoscopy Clinic, WRMC Progressive Home Care and WRMC Pros, which provides physical, occupational and speech therapies.

The Urgent Care Clinic will continue operating with the same hours, but could be expanded at a later date if the patient load increases, Walls said.

The facility has been in the works for a year now, Walls said. Cromwell Architects Engineers is the architect, and BB Vance, a division of Nabholz Construction, is the general contractor for the project. It will take approximately 12 to 14 months for completion, he said.

"Unfortunately, that's not what we like to hear, but we have a year's worth of work into it now. It will happen," he said.

The new complex is expected to increase the WRMC employee roster.

"We already have 36 people working in that area with our clinics, home health and physical therapy," he said. "We anticipate we will need 10 more."

The new building will be paid for by Dr. Surinder Sra, Dr. Tommy Taylor and Dr. Jerry Ellis, Walls said, adding that WRMC will then rent the facilities from the physicians. Sra, Taylor, Jan Torbit, APN and Ellis will continue their practices in their current location.

"The consolidation of all our services under one roof will allow us to more efficiently provide healthcare to Sharp County residents," WRHS administrator/CEO Gary Bebow said. "Our association with Drs. Sra, Taylor and Ellis has always been positive and we look forward to continuing that relationship in this new medical complex."

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