MMH renovation

Steel beams are being placed by Fager — McGee Commercial Construction from Murphysboro at the expansion of the Massac Memorial Clinic. The renovation is anticipated to be complete near the end of February 2021.

Even in times of a pandemic, construction continues on the Massac Medical Clinic expansion, located at 1204 W. 10th St. The foundation has been poured, a retaining wall has been built in the back of the property and contractors are beginning to build out the steel frame of the addition.

The clinic will have a solid glass window front to mimic the Orthopedic Institute building on East Fifth Street to have a “consistent, visual approach.”

An additional 8000 square feet will be added to the clinic’s west side. Across the glass front will be a waiting area with clinics against the back wall.

Currently the clinic has a primary care side with a physician and nurse practitioner and a specialty side with an ENT, audiologist, pediatrician and sleep medicine. The Family Care Clinic, currently at the Massac Memorial Hospital (MMH) building, will move to the renovated location on West 10th Street, as well as Dr. Bharat Patel’s practice, which will rent office space at the new location.

Over the next two weeks, the steel frame will be completed, metal stud framing and door framing will begin and contractors will start the blocking and masonry work on the walls. Weather permitting the installation of the roof may also begin.

According to Rick Goins, chief executive officer of MMH, weather remains the largest set back as wet days have caused many delays. At this time, the projected completion date for the project is around the end of February 2021.

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