By Floyd Ingram/Chickasaw Journal
HOUSTON – The first shovels of dirt were turned Thursday on a new medical office building at Trace Regional Hospital.
RenRock Construction of Starkville will begin work on the 4,200-square-foot addition to the Medical Plaza Clinic today 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 made up of four physicians and four nurse practitioners. The expansion seeks to ease crowding at the current medical center which houses five clinics.
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,” Staten added. “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. Dr. 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.
“I want to thank our community board, Debbie McGreger our clinic manager, and of course our doctors and staff for their input and effort in making this project happen,” said Rick Huffman, Chairman of the Trace Community Board of Directors. “We are all in this together and I am pleased with the way this team looks out for and takes care of each other.”
Members of the Trace Community Board of Directors are Huffman, Vice Chairman Hassell Franklin, Bob Scott, Bill Smith, James Casey, Shelia Bell, Barbara Fleming, Rev. Jimmy Washington and Dr. Jamie Castillo.
Trace Regional Hospital is one of five hospitals operated by SunLink Health Systems, Inc., across the Southeast and Midwest in addition to a specialty pharmacy company in Louisiana.
Each SunLink facility is the only hospital in its community. SunLink’s corporate headquarters are in Atlanta.
SunLink’s operating strategy is to link patients’ needs with dedicated physicians and health professionals to deliver quality, efficient medical care in each community it serves.
Trace Regional Hospital is a fully accredited by The Joint Commission. Accreditation makes a strong statement to the community regarding an organization’s efforts in providing quality services, performance improvement program and safety which can reduce risk, error or low quality of care.