Thursday, December 18, 2008
Clinic celebrates opening
By BARRY BURLESON
Dr. Kenneth Williams said the the celebration of a new 24,000-square-foot medical clinic is not about him.
He was addressing a large crowd on hand December 10 for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Williams Medical Clinic, which recently relocated to Crescent Meadow Drive.
“This is not Dr. Williams’ clinic,” he said. “This is the community’s clinic.”
The facility, which includes separate areas and waiting rooms based on services desired, is Phase I of a much bigger plan.
“We are putting a medical campus in Holly Springs and Marshall County,” said Williams, to the applause of everyone. “We hope everyone in the country will be envious of our plan.”
The next phase of the 30-acre Alliance HealthCare Complex adjacent to Highway 78 will be construction of a 100,000-square-foot hospital. Once construction begins, it will take about two years to complete. The new hospital, which will replace the present one on Highway 4 East, will be built for 75 to 100 beds.
Other plans include a medical office building, a health and wellness center, a fitness trail and extra space for medically-related business.
Total investment is approximately $50 million.
“This is just the first phase of the entire process,” Williams said. “We’re putting into place a plan that starts before you get sick. Wellness is so important.”
He said preventive health must be emphasized to turn around Marshall County’s bad health statistics.
“We have a mission – changing the statistics in Marshall County,” Williams said.
“It’s about trying to make a difference in your community and your state.”
Dr. Williams also called medical clinic and hospital employees forward during the festivities last week, giving them full credit for the accomplishments and growth.
“This is our team,” he said. “They’re on a mission with us. I could be nothing here if I didn’t have the people to put the plan into place.”
Dr. Williams established a solo practice in Holly Springs in 1992. The former Williams Medical Clinic, on Access Road, was built in 1998, and then in 1999, Dr. Williams purchased the 40-bed hospital (60,000 square feet).
“I started at the hospital and realized we deserved better,” he said. “We built the clinic (in ’98) and our patient load doubled overnight. I thought, ‘hey, we’re on to something.’
“A year later I got the hospital because of the folks at the hospital, not because of me. It’s all about them. The hospital was getting ready to close.”
He said he developed a love for Marshall County.
“I was so well received here,” Williams said. “If you love the patients, love the people and love the people you work with, you tend to hang around.”
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