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|FMC moves ahead with clinic|
Things are on track for construction of Franklin Medical Center's planned rural health clinic that would service the Crowville area, according to hospital officials.
Preliminary plans for the facility were presented Thursday at the hospital board of commissioners regular meeting. The clinic will be built on 2.2 acres of land on La. Hwy. 17, about a mile south of Crowville.
"We are contracting an architect this week to help us form plans and we should soon be able to move ahead with getting the bids out for construction," said Franklin Medical Center Administrator Blake Kramer.
Early plans show the 3,500 square-feet facility, to be called Crowville Health Center, will include five examination rooms, a lab and office space.
The proposed clinic would employ about five people, including a doctor and nurse practitioner and is expected to cover a service area of some 24,000 rural residents.
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 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.
Ground is expected to be broken at Crowville Health Center sometime this summer.
In other business, the hospital board voted in executive session to authorize the administration to probe an expansion of the emergency room.