By Wayne Allen
In January Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) broke ground on a facility in West Portsmouth. After months of construction the facility is complete and is scheduled to open on Monday.
The facility will be located on land purchased by SOMC from the Scioto County Commissioners and is located on U.S. 52 by Earl Thomas Conley Park.
Justin Clark, Administrative Director of Plant Operations at SOMC oversees all maintenance operations, new construction of building and facilities said things are falling into place for the facilities opening.
“The first patients will be seen their Monday. They are ready to go,” Clark said. “There will be an open house on December 6 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.”
When asked about services to be offered at the facility Clark said, “our providers name will be Laine Young. She current sees patients in our West Union office. She’s a west sider and lives in West Portsmouth.”
Clark said Young is excited to get started in the new facility. Clark said the facility will provide primary or family care.
“He (Young) specialty is OBGYN care; she’s originally an OBGYN nurse. She does that (OBGYN Care) in West Union, but will be primary, family care in West Portsmouth,” Clark said.
He said with the opening of the West Portsmouth facility it will be a good resource for SOMC.
Clark said with the opening of the facility, people will have closer access to health care.
SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett also believe the West Portsmouth facility will allow for better access to health care.
When asked at the groundbreaking for the facility, what the West Portsmouth practice will mean to the area Arnett said, “it’s going to mean better access to the west side area. More importantly it’s going to make health care access for the people of the area.”
Clark said it’s uncertain to know how many jobs the new facility created. He said anytime they open a new facility there is a lot of moving existing services, but typically there are a few jobs created.
“J&H Construct did a good job constructing that for us. Those jobs may have been temporary, but those jobs were created,” Clark said.
Clark said the project came in on budget and will open a month ahead of schedule.
Clark said SOMC worked with Tanner Stone Holsinger Donges & Co Architects and J&H Construction Company on the project.
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