Kinsale Corp., Pomeroy, plans to start work on site preparation for the new medical center, to be constructed on land the non-profit health care provider purchased last year from the Meigs County Community Improvement Corporation.
Kinsale was awarded the contract for the work on Jan. 6. Mark Bridenbach, CEO for the Chillicothe-based provider, said the final paperwork required to start construction work was filed at the county courthouse Monday.
“Now that the final closing on the property is completed and the bid award is finalized, I expect work to begin at the site any day now,” Bridenbach said. ‘The project is behind schedule a bit but the construction timeline has not changed.”
Bridenbach said the new facility should be occupied and open to patients sometime around the end of this year. Patients will be served by two physicians, a nurse practitioner, a full laboratory operation and a dental services department.
Family Healthcare, Inc. provided medical care to more than 24,000 patients in communities in Perry, Hocking, Athens, Meigs, Vinton and Ross counties last year, and Bridenbach said the Middleport office currently occupied served around 2,500 individual patients last year.
Bridenbach said the Meigs County practice accounts for around 10 percent of Family Healthcare’s patient base, and numbers continue to increase. The practice provides services to patients regardless of insurance access.
The new 10,500 square-foot facility will serve the general public on a sliding scale fee. Its construction is financed partly through the USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities program, which helps finance child care centers, hospitals, assisted-living facilities, police stations, medical clinics, and fire and rescue stations in rural areas. Funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are also part of the financing package.