ANDERSON — Community Health Network broke ground on what will be a health pavilion by the end of 2016.
The ceremony on Tuesday was attended by a tent overflowing with people. Mayor Kevin Smith and a group of people influential on the project from Community Health Anderson scooped up dirt with shovels to represent the groundbreaking on the 3.8-acre plot of land on the corner of 32nd Street and Scatterfield Road.
The $8.6 million project will result in a pavilion that will be 68,000 square feet. The building is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2016.
The health pavilion will offer several outpatient services, such as MedCheck and occupational health, physical therapy and rehab, behavioral health services and a lab. It will also house primary and specialty physicians.
The pavilion will help spread out services currently offered by Community Hospital Anderson at its main location on North Madison Avenue. The new health pavilion will improve health care access and promote economic development, according to hospital officials.
Beth Tharp, president and CEO of Community Hospital Anderson, said she was happy to get a pavilion on the south side of Anderson since their services didn’t reach that far before. She said it is rewarding to invest in a small but growing community, such as Anderson.
“We don’t have services in this area really now,” she said. “It’s a commitment to the community with a small c.”
Mayor Kevin Smith said he appreciates Community Hospital Anderson’s investment and confidence in the community.
“Anderson is in the middle of this huge resurgence of new business, new investment, new jobs, new growth,” he said. “Their primary focus is to make sure we have a healthy community and I’ll add into that, a healthy labor force. That is what is attracting new industry to Anderson. “
One new feature the pavilion will bring to Anderson is a spine center. Two Indianapolis locations currently have spine centers, and Jon Fohrer, vice president of Community Health Network’s ambulatory division, said he thinks this will be a benefit to the community.
The pavilion will also have a community room that hospital staff, as well as community groups, can use for meetings and other gatherings.
Fohrer said the community room will help bring more people in.
“It’s a great way for people who maybe don’t know the facility to actually get inside and see all the services that are there,” he said.
Fohrer said in a press release that he thinks the medical pavilion will go over well with Anderson residents.
“Our medical pavilion concept has been extremely popular with patients and families, and our new facility in Anderson will provide a wide variety of services in a great location,” he said.
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Pavilion's outpatient services
MedCheck and occupational health
Primary care physicians
Physical therapy and rehab
Behavioral health services