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By MARTY FINLEY
HARDIN COUNTY— Hardin Memorial Hospital will soon adopt a new campus into the county, easing some of its burdens and providing additional services.
HMH President David Gray announced last week that the Ring Road Medical Plaza is slated to open Oct. 1. The hospital will hold a community open house from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 23.
Michelle Murphy, director of marketing and public relations for HMH, said the open house gives the community a chance to see the $9 million facility up close before it begins accepting patients and to become acquainted with the facility’s location.
Rehabilitation therapy services will relocate to the new facility, Gray said. The 32,000-square-foot facility will house physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as a hand therapy center.
A pediatric gym will expand the capabilities of pediatric therapy within the county.
“We’ll be able to better treat the needs of our patients with this gym,” Murphy said.
Some of the gym’s equipment is funded by a Crusade for Children grant.
Sports medicine is another service offered, with certified athletic trainers providing coverage to the school systems in Elizabethtown and Hardin, LaRue, Breckinridge and Meade counties.
Hospital staff is eager to unveil its new aquatics therapy center, which includes a training pool with a movable platform to lower patients into the water. The pool also is equipped with jets so rehab patients and athletes can swim or walk with resistance. Therapists and patients can analyze progress through monitors capturing footage from cameras embedded in the pool’s structure.
In addition to moving the rehab center, the two Workwell Occupational Health facilities located in Elizabethtown will be consolidated and relocated to the Ring Road facility, Gray said.
The hospital plans to work alongside the rehab center and Workwell to ensure as seamless a transition as possible to the new facility, he said.
The addition of Workwell to the plaza may be better geographically, too.
“One benefit of putting them here is they’re closer to the industrial park,” Murphy said.
Carefirst Urgent Care plans to open its second center in the county at the new plaza, which will offer many of the services an emergency room does.
A diagnostic center offering lab work and radiology services also will be located in the plaza but will not open until January.
The hospital is looking to the future, too. Murphy said HMH strategically placed the plaza on the property so there would be room to add additional buildings. Some parts of the building will be left empty so HMH can expand within the plaza if needed.
Murphy said the hospital wants to offer the best service they can and believes the addition of the plaza will make the commute easier on some and unclog parking at the hospital.
“With the cost of gas right now, you don’t want to drive long distances to consume your health care,” Murphy said.
Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762.