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The Medical Center at Franklin Opens Franklin Medical Pavilion with Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Medical Center at Franklin hosted a Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting today for the grand opening of its Franklin Medical Pavilion expansion. The Pavilion is a 17,633-square-foot, $3.4 million, medical office building connected to the hospital’s 25-bed patient care wing. The top floor houses several of the hospital’s ancillary services including Rehabilitation Services, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and a state-of-the-art Laboratory. The ground floor houses three physician suites. Currently, Dr. Robert Wesley and Dr. Karuna Reddy have moved their physician practices to the Franklin Medical Pavilion.

This expansion comes on the heels of a separate $5 million expansion and renovation project completed in December 2007. The project included construction of an all new 25-bed patient care wing and renovation of the previous inpatient area.

“Our campus has undergone a complete transformation in the last few years,” said Clara Sumner, Chief Executive Officer of The Medical Center at Franklin. “The residents of our area deserve the best healthcare, and we’re doing all we can to ensure they have it.”

April 1 also marks a special day in The Medical Center at Franklin’s history. On this day in 2000, Commonwealth Health Corporation, parent company of The Medical Center at Franklin, acquired Franklin-Simpson Memorial Hospital. There was one patient in the hospital that day, but today the hospital remains at capacity much of the year. Since 2000, the hospital has brought many new services to the area and made extensive physical upgrades to the facility.

“We have come a long way in 10 years,” added Sumner. “I feel like this is just the beginning of the great things that are in store for this community. Franklin is thriving, and our expansions are indicative of that growth. With access to leading healthcare services, the community is better positioned to flourish in the future.”