Trover Ground_Breaking_body_1MADISONVILLE, KY (10/19/12) – Trover Health System celebrated a “Virtual Ground-Breaking” today on the unfinished third floor of the Centers of Excellence building at 800 Hospital Drive in Madisonville. Readers may know the structure, which is adjacent to Regional Medical Center (RMC) to the west, as the home of the Merle M Mahr Cancer Center, the Center for Women's Health, the Center for Heart and Vascular Services, and the Sports Medicine Group of Western Kentucky.

The event marked the commencement of what will be a several-month endeavor to finish the space. It will give an approximately 13,000 square-foot new home to General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat), and Audiology practices as well as retail space for new hearing aid and optical shops below on the first floor. With a projected price tag of $1.8 million, the project is expected to be completed by spring of 2013.

Mingling and enjoying refreshments were members of the Trover Health System Board, Trover staff, elected officials, and local business leaders. “This is yet another significant investment by Trover Health System in providing improved and enhanced services locations for medical staff and making medical treatment and access more easily available to the community,” said Chamber President Harriett Whitaker.

Mayor David Jackson was on-hand as well and was pleased with Trover’s continuing investment in Madisonville. “It’s a very nice space. It’s going to be a great addition to the already wonderful offering of services that Trover has for our community.”

Trover Ground_Breaking_body_3Dr. William (Andy) Logan, who will be one of the primary beneficiaries of the project, expressed his excitement. “We’re going to have brand new examination rooms, new audiology—hearing and balance testing—facilities, brand new office procedure rooms, and it will basically be a modern, state-of-the-art medical facility on-par with the kind of thing you would find in a larger city.”

The new space is a marked improvement from the existing facility at Trover Clinic, according to Logan, who said that while many services will remain the same, Trover designed the project from the ground-up specifically for otolaryngology and audiology practices. “When you’re trying to be state-of-the-art, there are only so many modifications you can do to a 50-year-old building that wasn’t originally designed for that purpose.”

Trover Ground_Breaking_cover_2He added that patients will be the ultimate winners from the project. “One of the things that will be nice about being co-located at [Regional Medical Center] is convenience for patients. We sometimes either need to have the patient go get an x-ray or have someone from the lab come up and help us with a procedure, and the added convenience, especially when there’s inclement weather, of not having to cross the parking lot and go outside will be a real benefit for the patients.”

Whitaker and Trover Board Chairman Allen Rudd presided over the ceremonial ground-breaking, resting their shovels on the solid, poured-concrete floor amidst unpainted drywall and exposed structural members of the open, unfinished floor-plan.

Following the ceremony, SurfKY News caught-up with Rudd, who explained how existing resources left over from constructing and finishing the first floors of the Centers of Excellence building are being utilized to fund the project.

“It got to the point where we either needed to turn the money back over [to bondholders] or do something with it, so we decided to finish this space out.”

He listed the doctors to occupy the new floor, including:

- Dr. Allen Elliott (Ophthalmology)
- Dr. Mark Fitzmaurice (Ophthalmology)
- Dr. William Logan (Otolaryngology)
- Dr. Darren Chapman (General Surgery)
- Dr. Mohan Rao (General Surgery)
- Dr. Bernie Brunson (General Surgery)
- Dr. Uday Dave (Otolaryngology)
- Dr. Susan Driskill (Audiology)
- Dr. Kathy Stephenson (Audiology)

The move may be a precedent for more projects on the Trover grounds. Rudd said that another medical office building, perhaps on the east side of RMC, may be constructed in the future to offer the same convenience to doctors and patients who routinely make the trek over from Trover clinic to take advantage of services.

Trover Ground_Breaking_pano_2Casey Piscitelli
SurfKY News

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