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A site has been chosen for construction of a rural health clinic to service the Crowville area and Franklin Medical Center officials expect to break ground on the facility sometime this summer.
The hospital's board of commissioners passed a measure to purchase 2.2 acres of land on La. Hwy. 17, about a mile south of Crowville, after deliberating for about an hour in executive session during their regular meeting Thursday.
"It's been basically a three-year process to get to this point. It's exciting to be on the verge of being able to break ground on this and get it going," said Franklin Medical Center Administrator Blake Kramer.
Funding for the facility was approved by the state's Joint Senate Committee on Health and Welfare and House Committee on Health and Welfare on Feb. 18.
The money — part of $11 million appropriated in 2007 to expand healthcare in Louisiana's rural communities — was originally designated for a clinic to be built in Wisner.
Federal regulations dictating the distance between rural providers forced the hospital to scrap plans for a Wisner clinic in favor of a clinic in other regions of Franklin Parish.
The land chosen for the Crowville Clinic belongs to Mike Hammons and the hospital board voted to spend up to $20,000 for the property.
Kramer said he expects the hospital will purchase the land for about $16,000.
The state has allocated $450,000 for Franklin Medical Center to build a clinic similar to ones the hospital operated in Winnsboro, Newellton and St. Joseph.
The hospital initially leased the old Middleton Pharmacy in Crowville with plans to build the clinic there, but eventually decided against the property.
Hospital officials said the proposed clinic would be about 3,500 square feet and would employ about five people, including a doctor and nurse practitioner.
The service area for the Crowville clinic would include some 24,000 rural residents.
In other business, the hospital board passed a resolution to petition the Franklin Parish Police Jury to allow the hospital to incur debt of up to $200,000 in bond money for the purchase of the rural health clinic in Newellton from Tensas Parish. The hospital currently leases the facility.