Ground Broken For FCMC Addition
The groundbreaking comes less than two years after the Medical Center opened the doors of a new 100,000-squarefoot hospital at 214 Peach Orchard Road west of Mc- Connellsburg.
Medical Center President and CEO Jason F. Hawkins said during opening remarks that despite the economic slowdown, hospital officials believed now was "the right time to borrow, the right time to build, the right time to consolidate services and the right time to provide jobs."
Once the addition is completed in about a year, all of the Medical Center's patient and administrative services will be located at the hospital's main campus under one roof.
The Medical Center currently maintains four buildings offsite for administrative functions and speciality physician services.
The two-story addition will be constructed at the southwest corner of the hospital by Mc- Connellsburg general contractor Palmer Construction Co. The main floor's speciaity physician services will have 15 exam rooms, two procedure rooms and a spacious waiting area. Home Care Services will also be located on the main floor and, according to hospital officials, will be easily accessed.
Currently, the Medical Center's specialists comprise cardiology, general surgery, individual and family therapy, midwifery, neurology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, orthopedics, outpatient surgery, plastic surgery, podiatry, pulmonology, and urology.
Administration, accounting, business office, managing information systems, human resources, community relations and development, and the FCMC Foundation will be found upstairs. A community conference room that Hawkins called the addition's "crown jewel" completes the second floor.
Bill Dovey, Medical Center board vice chair and chairman of the building committee, told a small crowd of supporters and hospital employees gathered for the ceremony that the groundbreaking was "a significant milestone in the mission of the Fulton County Medical Center to become the healthcare provider of choice for Fulton County." He said he was thankful that the addition will be built by a Fulton County company.
Also making remarks Tuesday was Rep. Bill Shuster (RPa.), who called healthcare a focus of his office. Recognizing hospitals as primary employers and key to economic development, the representative said, "It is absolutely essential that this hospital continue to grow and prosper."
Echoing the congressman's sentiments were Charles L. States, district director for state Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr.; county commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer, Dave Hoover and Dan Swain; and Sharon E. Martin, M.D., FCMC chief of staff.
Also at the groundbreaking, a check presentation for $25,000 was made by F&M Trust Co. to the FCMC Foundation in support of the new building project. The pledged donation doubles F&M's financial support for the hospital's building projects to $50,000. The bank said in a statement that the new pledge will be paid in annual installments through 2016.