Manchester Memorial Hospital officially kicked off its $9.4 million project for a new physician clinic building with a recent groundbreaking ceremony on the hospital campus. When complete, the two-story, 27,000-square-foot space will house 60 exam rooms and will help further address the health care needs of residents with services like pediatrics, women's care, internal medicine and family medicine.
"Health care in our community is driven by our patients' access to and relationship with their primary care providers," said Erika Skula, president/CEO of Manchester Memorial Hospital. "By making such a significant investment into our community, Adventist Health System and Manchester Memorial Hospital are making it clear that we are committed to providing the very best care to Clay County and all of the people we serve."
Present at the occasion and representing the community were Senator Robert Stivers, president of the Kentucky State Senate, along with County Judge Executive Johnny Johnson, Mayor Ed Garrison, Circuit Court Clerk James Phillips, board members, employees of the hospital and other community members. During the ceremony, a group known as Stay In Clay, represented by three students, performed an original song based on the history of Clay County.
"We are blessed to have this hospital in our community as well as the changes it's bringing for the better," Stivers said. "We think of the past and look forward to the future and the future is bright; the potential is here, the talent is here, we just needed to have the commitment. And that commitment has been shown by Adventist Health System by investing close to 20 million dollars and creating almost 30 more jobs in this area. It's a wonderful day for Clay County."
Citing the need to meet the demand for health care services in Clay County and its surrounding communities, Chris Self, chief operating officer for Manchester Memorial Hospital, said the expansion will not only create much-needed space, but create better efficiencies and an improved patient-physician experience.
"Manchester Memorial Hospital is proud of Clay County and is committed to providing the very best services to meet the needs of our community," Self said. "This addition to our campus will greatly benefit our ability to take care of more patients and to give them the best experience for all of their health care needs right here in Manchester."
The completion date for the physician clinic building is scheduled for July 2018.