Cumberland Family Medical Center submitted a winning bid of $250,000 for 1.7 acres on South Lincoln Boulevard directly in front of LaRue County Emergency Services.
“We had two or three of these proposals that were picked up, but we’ve only had one returned,” LaRue County Judge-Executive Tommy Turner told magistrates Tuesday at a meeting.
Cumberland is a non-profit, federally qualified health center with community health center locations throughout south central and a portion of north central Kentucky. Its proposal was to establish an immediate care center on the site across the road from LaRue County High School to serve LaRue and surrounding counties.
The state-of-the-art facility will be open 12 hours a day to accommodate walk-in care and primary care patients. The company estimates 36 jobs will be created with those positions including medical doctors, mid-level nurse practitioners, registered and licensed practical nurses, front office staff, medical assistants, and care coordinators. Estimated annual salaries will range from $36,000 to $190,000.
Turner, in recommending the court accept the bid, said Cumberland presented a fair proposal with appropriate use for the property. The vote to accept was unanimous.
Tracey Antle, chief operating officer at Cumberland Family Medical Center, said her company was pleased to be able to continue its partnership with LaRue County.
Cumberland has Healthy Kids Clinics in each of LaRue County’s public schools. The clinics have a nurse stationed in each building and a nurse practitioner who rotates among the schools.
Antle said in the construction process, her company will seek to use local bidders.
“We want to be a good neighbor to LaRue County,” she said.
The company also has a doctor’s office space at the local health department.
“There has been some discussion of the health department possibly having a site adjacent to ours, but, of course, that’s up to them,” Antle said, adding, “but we have a good relationship with the health department and would welcome that if that’s what they want to do.”