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Hospital opens Franklin Medical Pavilion

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Franklin Favorite, originally published on 4/08/2010

Medical Center marks 10th anniversary here

The Medical Center at Franklin cut the ribbon on its Franklin Medical Pavilion expansion April 1.

The two-story 17,633-square-foot medical office building is connected to the hospital’s relatively new 25-bed patient care wing on the east side of the hospital. It represents a $3.4 million investment.

The top floor of the pavilion houses several of the hospital’s ancillary services, including rehabilitation services, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and a state-of-the-art laboratory. Three physician suites occupy the ground floor.

Dr. Robert Wesley and Dr. Karuna Reddy have moved their physician practices to the Franklin Medical Pavilion.

The latest expansion comes on the heels of a separate $5 million expansion and renovation project completed in December 2007. The project included construction of a new 25-bed patient care wing and renovation of the previous inpatient area.

“Our campus has undergone a complete transformation in the last few years,” said Clara Sumner, chief executive officer of The Medical Center at Franklin. “The residents of our area deserve the best health care, and we’re doing all we can to ensure they have it.”

Once moved to the new building, the laboratory space in the main facility will be modified into the hospital’s second operating room.

The Medical Center at Franklin employs about 130, and the staff is expected to grow with the addition of physician offices in the new building.

April 1 also marked a special day in The Medical Center at Franklin’s history. Ten years ago, Commonwealth Health Corporation - parent company of The Medical Center at Franklin - acquired the Franklin-Simpson Memorial Hospital.

There was one patient in the hospital on April 1, 2000. Today, the hospital remains at capacity much of the year.

Since 2000, the hospital has brought many new services to the area and made extensive physical upgrades to the facility. Mostly under the guidance of Ms. Sumner, Commonwealth Health Corp. has invested over $16 million in the local hospital.

“We have come a long way in 10 years,” added Sumner. “I feel like this is just the beginning of the great things that are in store for this community. Franklin is thriving, and our expansions are indicative of that growth. With access to leading health care services, the community is better positioned to flourish in the future.”