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Medical center to open in Big Clifty

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By John Friedlein

 

By JOHN FRIEDLEIN jfriedlein@thenewsenterprise.com BIG CLIFTY — A 9,000-square-foot health-care facility will open Monday in this rural area near the Hardin-Grayson county line. The Big Clifty Medical Complex will be the weekday office of primary care physician Kim Baker. “That’s the biggest single benefit to the area,” said Bill Oldham, spokesman for Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield. The $2 million center also will feature an on-site lab and an X-ray facility, and specialty physicians will see patients there. For instance, a surgeon can conduct follow-up visits in Big Clifty, so patients don’t have to drive to a hospital. Also, the facility will have a branch of Midway Pharmacy with a drive through. The center, which will have eight exam rooms, is on U.S. 62 in Grayson County a few miles from the Hardin County border. Demand in this area for such a facility currently exists and it will increase over time, especially because of the Fort Knox post realignment, Oldham said. Eastern Grayson county and western Hardin County are “growing by leaps and bounds.” Oldham said the manager of an adjacent Dollar General Store told him more than half of its business comes from Hardin County. “Having physicians serving patients in Big Clifty will save residents time and money by being able to stay close to home,” according to a Twin Lakes statement. The public is invited to an open house from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. CDT Saturday. A ribbon cutting will be at noon and the Grayson County Cattlemen’s Association will provide a free lunch. Besides the Big Clifty facility, Twin Lakes has a similar operation in Caneyville, which is west of Leitchfield. While that center has a primary care physician and nurse practitioner on weekdays, it doesn’t have room for specialty clinics, Oldham said. The Twin Lakes facility was established in 1951 as the Grayson County War Memorial Hospital. It now occupies a 75-bed building constructed in the early ‘90s. John Friedlein can be reached at 505-1746.