By TYLER MASK
Palo Pinto County Hospital District has some big news as July 8 marks the grand opening of their new Professional Health Center.
The facility will house a large gamut of working spaces including a clinic, a home health and hospice, eight physicians offices/workspaces and a room for educational purposes or meetings.
The main reason behind the building was to fill a need in the community, Palo Pinto General Hospital CEO Harris Brooks said.
After going through town and getting a feel for how many working physician spaces Mineral Wells had, PPGH knew it had to do something to accommodate for the lack of spaces and bring some new medical professionals to town, Brooks said.While a couple of existing physicians (all renting from PPGH anyway) might move into the new spaces, the biggest goal behind the new building wasn’t to compete with other spaces for rent in town, Brooks said, but to provide space for new physicians being recruited to the area.
The intentions and driving force behind the new building was, “we have run out of space here,” Brooks said. “Ultimately, our current medical office building tenants will be over there. Might be this fall, might be winter – somewhere in there. Dr. Warren, Dr. Covington, Dr. Boya will all probably be merging over there.”
For now, only part of the new space will be utilized, but it was built big to prepare for the future, he said.
As for the clinic and home health and hospice spaces, PPGH plans to move its current clinic and home health and hospice into the new building as the areas will be much more spacious.
While old spaces will be left vacant from the move, the hospital ultimately plans to put everything to good use and re-fabricate over time as things continue to grow and money allows.
To get a glimpse of what PPGH has in store, stop by the ribbon cutting event at 202 S.W. 25th Ave. Tours will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the ceremony will start at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.