By Floyd Ingram/Chickasaw Journal
HOUSTON – The first shovels of dirt were turned recently on a new medical office building at Trace Regional Hospital.
RenRock Construction of Starkville has begun work on the 4,200-squarefoot addition to the Medical Plaza Clinic with construction expected to take eight to nine months.
The Medical Plaza Clinic to the east of the main Trace Regional Hospital building currently houses five clinics with four physicians and four nurse practitioners.
The expansion seeks to ease crowding at the current medical center. The design of the new clinic will blend with the current Medical Plaza and fit neatly into space adjacent to the main building.
In making the announcement, Gary Staten, CEO of Trace Regional Hospital, pointed out the visionary and pragmatic design of the Trace hospital campus.
“We are amazed at how the campus facilities are organized with the hospital in the middle, Floy Dyer Manor Nursing Home on the right side and the Medical Plaza clinic on the left side,” said Staten. “This layout creates easy accessibility for all patient needs.
“Dr. John Dyer created this concept in the early 1960s and the principle continues to be relevant today. I think what makes this plan timeless is that Dr. Dyer always placed the patient as his major focus for design and care. As we move forward into this new age of care delivery, we can never lose sight of our primary focus, which is the patient’s best interest.” The clinic addition will provide space for Dr. Edward
Gore’s practice and the addition of one nurse practitioner. Gore moved into the Trace clinic in 2009.
More than three years in planning, the clinic addition was originally slated for 2010, but national economic conditions delayed the project.