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The conversion of a church building in Willisburg into a medical clinic is nearing completion, with the doors set to open in early September.
Practice Manager Nikki Langford said everything, including staff to fill the building, is in place for the opening once their network is up and running.
“We can’t wait to get there. Staff has been hired and they’re ready to go,” she said. “We just want to go in and do whatever we can for the community. Basically, it’s going to be a family practice with some acute care.”
The clinic, which is part of KentuckyOne Health, has Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown as its base hospital. Treatment will include minor injuries, and Langford said that while the clinic doesn’t have x-ray capability from the start, it will provide in-house labs. If more space is made available and the clinic sees a need for it, the ability to provide x-rays could be considered down the road.
Langford said she’s confident that the new addition will be a major benefit to Willisburg and its residents.
“We’re hoping it will have a huge impact. People will not have to drive all the way into Springfield to seek care,” she said. “For sprains, strains and acute injuries, we’ll have a mid-level (practitioner) who will be there. I think this is going to be tremendous for Willisburg. They’ve never had anything like this before, just to know you can get in your car and be five minutes away from medical care.”
Through conversations with building owner Larry Boblett, Langford said there’s even an effort to use the building to encourage more community involvement. Among Boblett’s early ideas for the building are to host a movie night on occasion to bring the residents of Willisburg together more frequently.
Langford said there is already a strong connection between the employees of the clinic and the community, which should be refreshing as they welcome a group of newcomers.
“All of the staff there have local ties,” Langford said. “Two of the staff members actually live in Washington County. Our mid-level even attends church in Washington County. We’re hoping people will be more comfortable seeing familiar faces.”
A tentative date has been set for an open house at the clinic for Sept. 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The hours of operation will be Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.