The Fulton County Health Center has run out of space, so this spring the facility will break ground for a four-story attachment.
With an outside frame of approximately 69,000 square feet, the new building will house medical offices in 45,000 square feet of available space. Measuring about double the size of FCHC’s present medical office building, it will be attached by a walkway to the hospital’s south side, next to the emergency room.
Three floors will be used immediately to house physicians’ offices. The top floor will be shelled for further growth.
“It gives us that freedom to be able to add more services in the future,” FCHC spokesperson Steve McCoy said.
The project’s cost is yet to be determined. It will be based on financing options and the architectural plans, which are near completion.
“We’re out of space,” McCoy said. “We’ve had a lot of physicians asking for more space. We want to be able to offer more and more services to the local residents.”
Construction will take from 12 to 18 months to complete the project. This spring, FCHC will also expand parking to the south.
McCoy said the facility’s board of directors had discussed an addition the last couple of years. He said the plan took off last year, and was approved by the board around September.
“It will give us a lot of options for physician practices,” he said.
The facility’s present medical office building will remain, although some physicians there may choose to transfer to the new building. The new building has yet be named to distinguish it from the first one.
The last addition to the hospital was a three-story structure built in 2007. It contains administrative offices, the emergency department, and outpatient surgery, among other features.
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.