Local Doctors Announce Plans to Build $4.5 Million Medical Office Building Near HospitalFebruary 17th, 2009 by Joe Burgess
At the Drew County Quorum Court meeting, it was announced that 3 local doctors and a dentist intend to build a 2 story, $4.5 million medical office building, hopefully on the land located just north of the hospital.
The other 2 physicians involved are Dr. Jeffrey Reinhart and Dr. Michael Fakouri.
He clearly pointed out that this project will be financed by the group, and that they do not intend to ask the county for funding, or ask for a tax in any way.
DMH CEO Michael Layfield described a medical office building as “a collaborating venture between a hospital and the physicians.” He also said that having physicians withing walking distance would be an asset, in case of “an emergency at the hospital.”
Dr. Collins told how he decided to come to Monticello, and said that when new doctors and specialists are being recruited, there first question is about their office and facilities, continuing by adding that he is seeking to have “office space that meets the needs of my patients,” such as better ambulance access.
He also pointed out that Drs. Reinhart and Fakouri “are bursting out at the seams” at their office, even after adding on. Also noted was that all 3 physicians have leases that will be expiring in 2010.
Collins also told that he knows of an area physician that could be easily persuaded to relocate to Monticello, if this building was already in place.
The proposed building will allow all patients to enter through one primary entrance, and have access to all offices. Office space will be limited to medical professionals, possibly including imaging and other fields.
Justice of the Peace, Ron Echols, also a member of the MEDC, commented, “I’m excited, this is great.”
No decision was asked for from the court, more information will be presented later.
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