Crossville hospital centralizing services; expanding in Fairfield Glade
CROSSVILLE – Two new facilities under the Cumberland Medical Center (CMC) umbrella will or have debuted to the general public this week. One will offer centralized outpatient endoscopy services, while the other will serve the ever-growing Fairfield Glade community – with room to grow.
The CMC Outpatient Endoscopy Center, while still not fully ready for patients, will be open for tours from 3-6 p.m. today. The building, the former Specialty Surgery Center located at 116 Brown Ave., was purchased by the medical center back in June and renovated. The building prior had been used for outpatient surgeries, endoscopy and pain management but will now be used exclusively for endoscopy procedures – once remaining equipment is delivered. Ed Anderson, CEO at CMC, said they’re shooting to be operational around Monday, Feb. 3.
“We had an endoscopy suite here in the hospital, but we have decided that it would be better to centralize and have everything there, as opposed to being kind of scattered,” Anderson said. “I think it will be more convenient for the patients. And we can still do inpatient endoscopies, for patients in the hospital who require emergent procedures of some type.”
The endoscopy project represents a more than $1.55 million investment. According to property records, CMC purchased the building for $1.5 million. Anderson said renovations were a little more than $50,000.
The second facility, the CMC Medical Arts Building at Fairfield Glade, was debuted during an open house Sunday. The long-planned, $4 million, 25,000-square-foot facility, located at 132 Stonehenge Drive and adjacent to the current Wellness Complex at Fairfield Glade, will feature physician offices, one to be staffed by Dr. Tammy Collins, digital mammography and radiology (X-ray), physical therapy and extensive lab services.
At a future date, Anderson also expects to offer a specialty clinic, where specialty services, such as cardiology or orthopedics, will be offered on a rotating basis. Also planned is a walk-in clinic. The timeline for those offerings will be based on demand.
“We want to evaluate the demand and volume of patients we’re going to be seeing with all the services that we may be able to provide there,” Anderson said. “All those services are either available now or will be available in the near future in terms of growth.”
CMC officials had hoped to begin serving patients at the Medical Arts Building on Monday but just received its letter of occupancy from the state yesterday. Anderson said services will now begin Jan. 20.