The entire $2 million project should be completed in 2018
SOUTH ZANESVILLE – Phase one of the $2 million renovation project to bring Muskingum Valley Health Center to South Zanesville is nearing completion.
“We’ll be opening the new location in South Zanesville the first part of October,” said Dan Atkinson, MVHC chief executive officer. “Initial services will include pediatric, where we have a partnership with Maysville School District to offer both medical services and dental services to the students there as well as the general public.”
Atkinson said he is excited to have those services in place around Oct. 2.
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On the heels of that, the second phase of the project will end about mid-December and will expand to provide services for adult patients as well.
“So that will include adult primary care services along with additional behavioral health services,” Atkinson said.
The final stage of the project, which is slated to be complete early to mid-2018, will include the addition of vision services at that location.
In May 2016, MVHC announced the need to expand its health care services due to a 100 percent capacity at the Adair Avenue location.
“We see 500 to 700 patients per day on Adair Avenue,” Atkinson said. “By the end of this year, we will have about 35,000 patients.”
The new site, located at 2725 Pinkerton Road, will allow their patient load to increase by 5,000 to 6,000 new patients.
Atkinson said the center’ s target population is people living at 200 percent of the poverty level or lower.
The 17,000-square-foot facility will provide an additional 16 exam rooms, clinical space for behavioral health, general office space, a meeting/community room and space for dental and vision services.
“This will add 20 to 25 jobs to the community,” Atchinson said.
New jobs would include nurse practitioners, social workers, physician assistants and physicians.
In 2015, MVHC opened an additional health care facility in Guernsey County with funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Other locations are in Coshocton and Morgan counties.
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