According to Bill Hartley, Massac Memorial Hospital CEO, the center is being built at 1841 E. Fifth St., which once was the location of El Capitan Drive-in Theater.
The seven-acre property, which sold for $375,000, was owned by Harold Kennedy and the estate of the late Frances Kennedy.
Hartley and Greg Thompson, Orthopedic Institute CEO, traveled to Chicago on Nov. 5 to present the center’s proposal to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. The board determined that the center was needed in Metropolis and the surrounding area.
The 12,000 square foot facility will house three surgical suites and is expected to cost $5.8 million. Hartley explained, “We hope to break ground the first part of June, with our first surgery scheduled by the end of the year. We realize it is a very aggressive time frame, but we want to get it up and going. And, we will try to keep it as local as possible as far as construction.”
The center will offer only outpatient orthopedic and podiatry surgical options and will employ 20 to 25 people.
A subsidiary corporation has been formed, stated Hartley, with 51 percent of center owned by the Orthopedic Institute and 49 percent owned by Massac Memorial Hospital.
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