Patti Finn, chief executive officer of the Fulton County Health Center, said Monday the new FCHC medical office building should be ready “Spring-ish.”
Originally anticipated for the spring of this year, Finn said of the schedule, “We’re still at ‘spring-ish.’ Can I say late spring, early summer?”
The $20-million, 62,000- square-foot building is made up of four floors.
Most of the space in the first three floors has been allocated, with FCHC officials working on the last of the leases.
The top floor will remain unfinished. She said the intent was “to always leave it shelled (enclosed, but unfinished) for future expansion.
“The (FCHC) board’s thought process was whenever we’ve gone with one construction project, it seems like we’ve run out of space, and we’re doing another one.
“For the medical office building, they intentionally wanted to have some additional space we would be able to utilize for people.”
Finn is clear about one thing: the third floor space will not be used for now.
She’s not even going to let people store things there.
“I don’t want to put anything up there. People tend to put stuff in storage and forget it,” she said.
The construction project has not encountered any problems, she said.
“Our biggest concern has obviously been the weather, but the cold spell from last week did not hurt us because they (construction crews) are actually inside now.”
The building is totally enclosed, “and they’re working on the different areas inside.
The building will be home to primary care physicians and some specialty clinics.
“And we’re also putting in a retail pharmacy,” she said.
There will also be a “lab draw” space in the new building.
A lab draw is a place where a patient can go to have blood drawn for testing.
“We have several lab draw sites. We’ll have one in the medical office building as well,” she said.
“It will be a nice little area where the patient can come in, sit down, and a lab employee will draw their blood for them and get it over to the hospital for their testing.”
When the building project was announced in September 2016, FCHC officials had obtained a $54.6-million United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Loan.
When the $20-million cost of the building was deducted, there would be more than $34 million left.
FCHC officials planned to use that money to pay off outstanding hospital bonds.
The loan interest rate is lower than that paid to bond holders, resulting in a net savings to FCHC.