DCS Family and Pediatric Health Clinic has tentatively scheduled the ground breaking for their new Rural Health Clinic building Tuesday morning.
In the works since 2013, the new clinic will be located on Airport Road near Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital. The address is 19100 Dr. John Lambert Drive.
“We are moving to be able to accommodate more patients and to achieve rural health clinic status,” Chief Operating Officer David Finley said.
The current location at 402 S Magnolia St. limits them from achieving that status since it is in an urbanized zone within city limits. With the new location and rural health status, the clinic will be able to help more uninsured and Medicaid patients, he said.
“It will allow us to serve them to a better capacity because we will be getting federal dollars to serve them,” Finley said. “We will be the first rural family practice clinic in Hammond.” Currently, the clinic has 3,700 registered patients, he said. “With the new clinic, we have the goal to be able to serve 8,000 patients,” Finley said.
M&O Construction is the contractor, and construction is expected to be finished by spring, he said.
While the current building is only 2,600 square feet in a strip office plaza, the new building will be a stand-facility with 4,000 square feet. Finley said this will allow for more lobby space and more patient rooms.
“This is going to be here a while so we wanted to make sure it’s going to be able to accommodate what we need for the long hall,” Finley said.
The new location will offer more health services such as ultrasounds, x-rays, weight loss assistance and psychiatric care.
The clinic will also expand pediatric care and will be a full-service family clinic, he said.
Dr. Charles Genovese is the medical director, Dr. Shannon Finley is a diabetic specialist on staff and part-owner of the clinic with her husband, and the clinic will include two nurse practitioners, David Finley said.