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Family clinic to open near Fairland East Elementary

Sep. 13, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

ROME TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Plans are in the works to open a Proctorville Medical Center near Fairland East Elementary School next month.

The medical center is being set up by the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization. St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington also will partner with the medical center through referrals and lab services and physician specialists, said Doug Korstanje, St. Mary's marketing director.

"We're glad to have another Family Medical Center close to the main campus," Korstanje said Monday.

The medical center will have about 10 employees at the start and could grow to about 20 employees in the coming months, said Ralph Kline, assistant executive director of the community action organization.

"We think the need is there for the medical center," said D.R. Gossett, executive director of the community action organization. "It's in an area not currently served. The closest Family Medical Center we have is in Chesapeake. The centers have grown. We're excited about the opening of the Proctorville Medical Center."

Kline said Proctorville has been identified as a medically underserved area, and it is also a "rapidly growing area."

The medical center will have a general practitioner, a dentist and a nurse practitioner as well, Gossett said. There are several other centers around the county that serve between 12,000 to 13,000 people per year, he said.

"We hope to open in late October and expand services there" before the end of the year, he said.

The Community Action Organization has moved eight modular units to the site and will be installing them in the coming weeks. Two more modular units will be added at the site, Kline said.

"It will look like one building when it's finished," Kline said. The building will have 6,000 square feet and be placed on a permanent foundation, he said.

"We need to pave the parking lot before the asphalt plants close for the year," he said.