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UMC hopes to consolidate McFarland campus

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Endoscopy, surgical renovations planned for hospital

Big plans are on the horizon for University Medical Center, including relocating its McFarland campus.

According to an announcement from hospital officials, UMC will be asking to consolidate and relocate all services from McFarland campus to the main hospital campus on Baddour Parkway in Lebanon. A Certificate of Need will be filed with the Health Services and Development Agency by Sept. 15 requesting permission to invest $16 million for the project.

"Over the past several months, the leadership team and our Board of Trustees have thoughtfully reviewed the needs of our growing community and how University Medical Center can provide the best possible experience for our patients," UMC CEO Matt Caldwell said.

If approved, the project would occur in two phases. First would be the renovation of the 3rd floor space at the top of the North Patient Tower to house a new 30-bed progressive care unit. Second would include the renovation of the entire first floor of the West Building to house a new 16-bed Behavioral Health unit, 16-bed Mood & Disorder unit and a 10-bed inpatient rehab unit.

"The relocation will provide more convenient access to an array of services from the community," Caldwell said.

The project is slated to begin July 2016 and finish by December 2017, pending approval.

After the CON is approved, UMC officials said they will develop a strategy to decommission the McFarland campus and explore a plans for its future.

Renovations scheduled for surgical, endoscopy

To address the growing need for increased surgical services, the announcement also explained renovations to the existing surgical department, addition of another operating room as well as the reconfiguration of the PACU and holding areas for more efficient operations.

"Demands for surgical services is increasing and we expect it to continue to grow with ehe recent enhancements to our orthopedics program and our focus on physician recruitment," Caldwell said.

Plans also include the renovation of the vacated outpatient surgery unit to create a dedicated endoscopy department with two endoscopy suites and necessary support space.

Officials expect construction to begin in January 2016 and be completed next year.

A new GI specialist joined the medical staff this week and is accepting new patients, the announcement stated.

"These plans continue recent capital investments in expanded services, such as our orthopedic and cath labs, technology and new equipment and provide more resources to support the work of our newly-recruited surgeons and physicians," Caldwell said.

"Patient care will continue without interruption throughout the construction process," he added. "As the only hospital in Wilson County, we're committed to providing quality, personalized care for our patients and look forward to serving the community for many years to come."

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