MOUNT VERNON — The new four-story 80,000-square-foot Family Care Center at Knox Community Hospital is still on track for a grand opening in January of 2020, Marketing and Development Director Jeffrey Scott said.
The center, once open, will be home to family medicine practitioners, a new birthing center, obstetrics and gynecology providers, cardiology clinics and testing and a cardiac rehabilitation center.
The center will be built in the area behind main campus where the old employee parking lot was located. The new employee parking lot, Scott said, was completed this month, which was, he explained, an important step before the project could move forward, because it ensured continued ease of access for both employees and patients. The lot is located a little “further back toward the water tower,” Scott explained, and will eventually have an entry point off of Yauger Road. The new lot and Yauger Road entry point will keep the main campus of the hospital free for patient traffic, he said.
There will be some movement of offices in the near future until the center is completed, Scott said. KCH pediatricians, Dr. Svetlana Titishina and Dr. Maggie Somple are currently located at 10 Woodlake Trail Suite B, but within the next month will move across the street to 7 Woodlake Trail — joining cardiologist Dr. J Pala, until their new home at the center is completed.
Especially with all the new physicians that have recently been hired, Scott said, it has been a bit of a puzzle to find the correct office space for each person. However, he noted that KCH has worked hard to avoid disrupting service throughout the process. Patients will be informed of any office movement via letters, on the hospital’s Facebook page, @KnoxCommHosp and via local media, Scott said.
Most of the updates going on at the Family Care Center are still difficult to see, Scott explained, because much of the work — drainage and storm water piping, foundation drilling and excavating, and electrical, Internet and phone work — are all mostly underground projects.