According to Bill Hartley, Massac Memorial Hospital CEO, if approved, the center will be built at 1841 E. Fifth St. An incorrect address was published in last week’s Metropolis Planet.
The seven-acre property is owned by Harold Kennedy and the estate of the late Frances Kennedy.
But first, Hartley and Greg Thompson with the Orthopedic Institute will travel to Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to present the center’s proposal to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. The board will determine if such a facility is needed in Metropolis and the surrounding area.
Hartley feels optimistic that the board will approve the project, with written confirmation coming within a week. “I think we have a real good case to present, especially this being a joint project and there are no such services provided in the area,” explained Hartley.
The facility is expected to cost $5.8 million and would be completed in late 2014 or early 2015.
The Orthopedic Institute also has locations in Herrin, Carbondale and Harrisburg with 23 doctors providing care for every subspecialty area of orthopaedics including total joint reconstruction, shoulder and knee, hand and wrist, sports medicine/arthroscopy, back and neck, foot and ankle and general orthopaedics.