The Medical Center at Franklin announced today plans to expand its facility to enhance surgical services. The $4 million expansion project will encompass 9,400 square feet and include the construction of two operating suites, an endoscopy suite and a six-bed recovery unit.
“Minor surgeries are currently performed at The Medical Center at Franklin, but more complex surgeries that require large equipment are prohibitive due to space limitations,” said Clara Sumner, Chief Executive Officer of The Medical Center at Franklin. “This facility expansion and the addition of another general surgeon to the Medical Staff will enable The Medical Center at Franklin to expand its surgical services and allow residents of Simpson County to stay right here in Franklin for more complex surgeries.”
William Daniel, M.D., general surgeon, will open his practice in the Franklin Medical Pavilion in January 2011. John Korba, M.D., general surgeon with Bluegrass Surgical Associates in Bowling Green, has been practicing in Franklin as part of The Medical Center at Franklin’s Physician Specialty Clinics for 12 years.
The Medical Center at Franklin has asked the Simpson County Fiscal Court to be the issuer of $10 million in tax-exempt bonds to refinance the 2006 bond series used for the 25-bed patient wing expansion and to finance the proposed surgery expansion project. The requested bond issue is non-binding and would not incur any responsibility on the part of taxpayers. The Medical Center at Franklin is solely responsible for the repayment of debt created by the issuance of the tax-exempt bonds.
Construction will begin in December with completion expected in August 2011. The current ambulance entrance for the Emergency Department will relocate to accommodate the expansion. Stengel-Hill Architecture will serve as architect, while Wittenburg Construction based in Louisville will serve as general contractor.
Since Commonwealth Health Corporation acquired the Franklin-Simpson Memorial Hospital in April 2000, over $17 million has been invested in The Medical Center at Franklin. Improvements have included 24/7 physician coverage in the Emergency Department, expansion of its diagnostic imaging services, construction of two medical office buildings and construction of a new 25-bed patient wing.