Archive for Wednesday, November 20, 2002

LMH board to act on Tonganoxie clinic

November 20, 2002

The Lawrence Memorial Hospital's board of directors this morning will decide whether to establish a clinic in Tonganoxie.

The board is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. at the hospital, 325 Maine, Lawrence.

For more than two years, the hospital has been studying whether to open a clinic in Tonganoxie. LMH is looking at purchasing a tract of land near U.S. Highway 24-40 and Laming Road, just west of First State Bank and Trust. There, the hospital hopes to construct a 2,500-square-foot medical office building.

If the board approves the land purchase, LMH must recruit a family practice physician, as well as determine whether to own or lease the building, according to Gene Meyer, the hospital's president and CEO.

First State Bank and Trust currently owns the land the hospital is eyeing.

If the board agrees, Meyer said he would begin searching for a new physician for Tonganoxie from the graduating residents in 2003. If land were acquired soon, he said, it's possible the building could be ready late next summer.

In a memo to board members, Meyer said three physicians interested in the Tonganoxie market have contacted the hospital. Two of them would be available in summer 2003, while the third would be available in 2005. Meyer said the building could support a second physician in the future, depending how the clinic is received locally. The city currently is served by two physicians.

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