Thursday, March 29, 2007
in Holly Springs
By BARRY BURLESON
Groundwork has begun and construction should start in early April on the new Williams Medical Clinic.
It is Phase I work of the new 30-acre Alliance HealthCare Complex in Holly Springs near Highway 78 (future Interstate 22).
“I can’t tell you how excited we are,” said Dr. Kenneth Williams, owner of the clinic and hospital. “It’s something we’ve been pushing and looking forward to for some time.
“This signals the start of the whole project. It’s not just a dream anymore – it’s a reality.”
The clinic will be constructed on 3.16 acres near the south end of the Marshall Academy campus. It will be doubling in size from the present 12,000 square feet to 24,000 square feet and include separate areas and waiting rooms based on services desired.
Dr. Williams said plans call for putting clinic construction on the fast track, with a completion goal of late November, but that could stretch to about a year from now.
Neil Bain Construction is handling the dirt work, which started last week. Phoenix Construction is building the new clinic with Donald Strider serving as project manager. Architect is William McElroy.
Dr. Williams established a solo practice in Holly Springs in 1992. The present Williams Medical Clinic was built in 1998, and then in 1999, Dr. Williams stepped in and purchased the 40-bed hospital, which was struggling financially and at risk of being closed. The hospital is a 60,000-square-foot, outdated facility on Highway 4 East.
The new medical complex will represent a new era in healthcare for Holly Springs and Marshall County.
Construction of the 130,000-square-foot hospital portion of the complex, Phase II, will begin after the clinic is finished and take approximately two years to complete. It will be built for 75 to 100 beds.
The medical complex will also include an office building for doctors, extra space for medical-related businesses, a wellness center and walking trail. Total investment is approximately $50 million.
“This will give us the opportunity not to just address the needs of sick people but address healthcare in general for our community,” said Williams, emphasizing a focus on preventive health.
“It’s intended to prove a small community in Mississippi can change trends and help reverse some of these bad (health) statistics. We will have the vehicle in place to do just that.”
Don Hollingsworth, public works director, said the road to the clinic should be completed by early July.
“And we hope by then to have the plans and bids ready going all the way up to Boundary (running in front of Marshall Academy to the east),” he said.
The new access road to Boundary could be completed as early as the spring of next year, he said.
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