Clinic construction marks new beginning in local community
A topping out ceremony at the new Hillview South Clinic in South Fulton, Tennessee, marks progress in that area for access to health care.
The area recently lost it’s hospital. Parkway Regional shut down in late spring. That’s when Hillview started seeing patients in its temporary location. The final beam signed by employees at Hillview’s permanent home marks not an end, but a new beginning in an area desperate for medical services.
"This is an exciting day," said Dr. Joshua Whitledge.
"You don’t have to start all over again," 15-year patient of Hillview, John Algee, told Local 6 at Monday’s topping out ceremony. "It’s a peace of mind for me, because now I know that I can come back to my original doctor. I can get the services I need without going to a new facility."
That beam went up Monday, months after the downfall of Parkway Regional Hospital in Fulton. The hospital sits empty today. Patients and staff were left with a lot of uncertainty.
The construction site on Highway 45 in South Fulton of the new Hillview South Clinic doesn’t completely wipe those feelings away, but it’s a start for Algee and Whitledge.
"I think I’m having the same relief my patients have," Whitledge explained. "I didn’t want to pick up and leave. This is my first job. I wanted this to be my last job. This is where I want to retire from."
"That’s what it’s all about," Algee said of the new construction. "Keeping what you have and building on it."
Three doctors, a nurse practitioner and dozens of others will staff the 10,000 square foot Hillview South Clinic, providing primary, preventative and diagnostic imaging services.
Volunteer Community Hospital in Martin, Tennessee, assumed responsibility for Hillview Clinic when its sister hospital, Parkway Regional, closed.
Hillview South Clinic, at 1135 Broadway St. in South Fulton, is set to open in January, 2016.