Memorial Hospital will add a second building to its campus at the Route 336 interchange in Carthage.
A groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of construction of a new medical clinic. The single story, nearly 24,000 square foot building should take about one year to complete. It will cost an estimated $6 million.
“That will include all the furnishings and the state-of-the-art equipment and everything,” said Cynthia Huffman, Director of Marketing, Communications & PR for Memorial Hospital.
She said the building will house a variety of services, including pulmonary rehab, specialty clinics, and internal medicine. In addition, the building will provide more exam rooms and centralized scheduling.
She said all those services and programs are now taken care of at the old hospital building in town.
“There are just a lot of (benefits) for the community to have both (buildings) on the same campus,” Huffman said.
She said Memorial planned to build a medical office building on the campus when the new hospital was constructed. But the recession forced the project onto the back burner for a few years.
Huffman said there are no current plans to add any more buildings to the campus.
Memorial Hospital opened at the Route 336 location in 2009. The 18-bed hospital cost $24 million.