Area leaders braved the weather Tuesday morning to celebrate the opening of Madison Health’s latest facility, a diagnostic center in West Jefferson.
“We are very, very pleased,” Madison Health CEO Dana Engle said during a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, citing the hospital’s mission to expand operations and increase access to healthcare in its communities.
Madison Health Diagnostic Center, located at 101 E. Main St., opened its doors on Dec. 28. It offers outpatient radiology and lab services, such as X-rays and blood draws.
The need for the center was identified by area physicians and presented to Madison Health leaders, marketing coordinator Julie Akers said.
Last week, the center provided nine X-rays in a single day, Akers noted.
The center’s location in West Jefferson allows local doctors to provide quicker service, Dr. S. David Weller said.
Weller has been practicing medicine in West Jefferson for nearly 15 years.
Already this week, he was able to call a patient the same day of an X-ray and assure him that things were fine and he did not need any antibiotics, he said.
“That prompt turnaround helps us provide great care for our patients,” Weller said. “It’s wonderful Madison Health is investing in all the communities in the area to provide services right where you are.”
Healthcare services are also key in recruiting new businesses, and their employees, to the area, Madison County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director David Kell said.
“It’s exciting to see Madison Health expanding,” he said. “The better quality of life we can offer to a business that will employ people living here, the better we can sell the community.”
The diagnostic center employs three. It is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m.
The center is located in a former Chinese restaurant. Hospital officials did not provide the cost associated with opening the new center.
The next step of Madison Health’s expansion is opening a doctor’s office, lab and physical therapy space in Mount Sterling.
Madison Health will lease a new 3,200-square-foot wing of the Mt, Sterling Community Center. Ground was broken last August.
Kell has previously cited the expansion as a $3 million investment in the Mount Sterling community.
Hospital leaders hope to open the doors by April.
Reach Audrey Ingram at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or on Twitter @Audrey.MP