Carthage Hospital Unveils Plans For New Campus

Carthage Hospital Unveils Plans For New Campus

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Detailed construction plans for Carthage Area Hospital's new campus were unveiled to the town of Champion's planning board for the first time Tuesday night.

The new campus is planned for just off Cole Road, behind the Meadowbrook Terrace assisted living facility.

Hospital CEO Richard Duvall says construction could start early next year.

"Phase 1 would be this entire structure which would house all of the outpatient clinics," Duvall said while pointing to the site plan.

"Instead of maintaining multiple buildings, we would have one site," Duvall said. "Having all of the providers together increases communication regarding the patients and should prove to have better patient outcomes."

The project is broken down into two construction phases. The first would be the health building and the second phase would be the main hospital building.

Plans also include creating an access road off State Route 26 to serve as the campus' main entrance.

"Originally the intent was to use the driveway adjacent to Meadowbrook and that will still be the initial access to Phase 1 for the rural health center," developer Mike Lundy said, "but at the end of the day there's going to be a brand new entrance."

Moving forward, Jefferson County planning officials will review the plan and make their own comments.

Hospital officials have applied for a $25 million state grant and are also in the running for another $3 million grant.

If they receive the funding and if the project gets final approval from the town, they plan to start construction early next year. 

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