LCHD Family Wellness Clinic remodel still underway here Completion expected soon

Article Courtesy of Lynn County News

The interior remodeling of the Lynn County Hospital District (LCHD) Family Wellness Clinic continues at their location at809 Lockwood Street in Tahoka, although patients continue to be seen on the west side while the east side undergoes most of The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of January, with both sides of the clinic to be open in February.

Formerly, this location housed the Family Wellness Clinic on the west side of the building, with the east side of the building as the PT/Fitness Center. When the LCHD PT/Fitness Center relocated to the downtown area, that portion of the building began the transformation into more patient exam rooms and offices for more healthcare providers.

Currently, healthcare providers include Family Nurse Practitioners Shannon Hammonds and Anais Molina, both of whom continue to see patients at the Family Wellness Clinic. When the remodeling is completed on the east side, Drs. Chris Leach and Jarrett Ross will move their practices from the LCHD Specialty Clinic into the Family Wellness Clinic.

 A single registration area for patients will serve both sides of the clinic, and that area is currently undergoing some remodeling as well, with patient registration temporarily being held in the waiting area of the clinic.

“Everyone is making it work while the remodeling is underway, but we’ll be glad when it’s finished,” says Dr. Melanie Richburg, Chief Executive Officer of LCHD.

 Total cost of the project is ap-proximately $550,000. Demolition of the fitness center area began in October, with the renovation construction getting started in November.

“The remodeling hasn’t seemed to affect the number of patients we have been seeing at the Family Wellness Clinic,” said Dr. Rich-burg. “The numbers are still good, so we’re pleased with that aspect.”

 About $300,000 of funding for the remodel project is coming from a Sage Draw Wind Energy donation, and Dr. Richburg says the hospital is still looking into possible grant funding for the remainder.

 “We’ll make it work if we don’t get other grant funding, but it would sure help with some of our other projects to get some grant funds on his project,” she said. “We’re still in the process of looking at other grant opportunities,” she added.

 The east side will include five new patient exam rooms and two physician offices, as well as a combined nursing/staff area, and locker/restroom facilities. Additionally, a large room in the front is being designed to serve as a new LCHD Boardroom and conference room. It will also include limited kitchen facilities, which would allow for classroom/teaching opportunities as well.

 “We’re hoping that this room can serve not only as a conference room and board room, but with kitchen facilities it also opens up possibilities for community health education such as diabetes educational cooking classes, and other health education options,” says Dr. Richburg.

Article Courtesy of Lynn County News
By JUANELL JONES

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