Passavant Area Hospital Campus In Jacksonville To See $21 Million Expansion
Ground will be broken today on a nearly $21 million expansion that will add 36,000 square feet to the Passavant Area Hospital campus and allow Springfield Clinic to expand its offerings in Jacksonville.
A two-story building will be attached to the northeast side of the hospital’s medical office building, which opened in June 2013 and has been the home to Memorial Physician Services-Jacksonville and Springfield Clinic.
“Springfield Clinic has wanted additional space so it can provide services to Morgan and surrounding counties. Springfield Clinic will lease all of the new space,” said Passavant Area Hospital President Scott Boston. “It will be increasing access for people in the community and not having them travel to Springfield,”
When the $20.6-million project is completed by fall 2021, Springfield Clinic providers will offer full-time coverage for cancer and family medicine services and part-time coverage in ophthalmology. These will be in addition to the numerous specialty providers already available in Jacksonville.
More laboratory services and an additional X-ray room will be provided and the additional office space will allow more Springfield Clinic specialists from Springfield to visit Jacksonville to see patients. Jen Boyer, vice president of operations for Springfield Clinic, said she was excited about the expansion of the clinic’s services.
“We currently have a heavy presence in the Jacksonville area. With this expansion, we’re able to have oncology services full-time in Jacksonville,” Boyer said.
Other specialties will include such areas as allergy, audiology, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, pulmonary, rheumatology, urology and vascular.
“With the expansion, providers will be able to better accommodate patients,” said Boyer. “Patients like — and are more comfortable when — they can stay within their own community. It’s important that the patients are pleased.”
The expansion was to be completed in the spring, but was pushed back because of the COVID-19 pandemic.