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Immediate care, physicians to be located in new facility

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – On a cool, brisk afternoon, the shovels lined up may have been more suited for snow than dirt.

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However, it was on this particular Thursday afternoon that officials with Norton Healthcare joined with local leaders to break ground on its third medical facility in Bullitt County.

A 10,000 square foot facility at the corner of Conestoga Parkway and Adam Shepherd Parkway will soon house a physicians’ practice as well as an Immediate Care Center. The operations will split the new state-of-the-art facility, which is slated to open later this year.

“This is exciting for Norton Healthcare,” said Ginger Figg, president of Norton Physician Services.

Currently, one group of doctors operates at the Huston Drive site off Highway 44 East. Another operates out of temporary facilities next to the new site on Adam Shepherd Parkway.

Both will remain serving patients when the new facility opens. There is also a Norton group of doctors located in Mount Washington.

Figg said the new facility would have in-house laboratory services, primary care, urgent care and the electronic medical record system, which is already available in all Norton facilities.

“It will be state of the art,” said Figg.

Bill Ritchie, vice president of outpatient services for Norton Healthcare, said this is the beginning of another new chapter in the relation between the medical leader and Bullitt County.

Since opening the Huston Drive facility in 2005, Ritchie said the number of services provided has continued to steadily grow. The need has outgrown the available space and will necessitate a move of the Immediate Care facility to the new site.

Having the ability to design the building’s usage from scratch, Ritchie said space would be better utilized.

Being located within the same facility as Norton physicians, Ritchie said there is a working relationship which is best for the patients and the doctors.

The Immediate Care Center will be open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week.

He said that no appointments are needed and those who seek medical care can walk right in the door.

The goal is to have services available for patients to avoid emergency room visits. Ritchie said with 12 Immediate Care facilities in the Louisville area, many of those ER visits could be avoided.

Heather Mason, a nurse practitioner at the temporary office facility, said as a Shepherdsville resident it is exciting to be able to provide such services.

Having both the physicians’ office and the immediate care facility is the same location is ideal, said Mason.

“This will be a great continuity of care between the two offices, especially since we are all on the new EMR (electronic medical record) system,” said Mason. “We are passionate about increasing the community’s access to quality care.”

Dr. Anne Rice, part of the group of Norton physicians currently working in the temporary facility, said she was looking forward to moving into the new medical facility.

Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts said it is important for residents to have quality health care close to their home. She thanked Norton officials for bringing the facility to Shepherdsville.

Mayor Scott Ellis said the positive hits just keep on coming.

“I am honored that Norton Healthcare is expanding its operations,” said Ellis. “It shows their commitment to providing quality healthcare to the people of this community.”

With having two physicians offices and an Immediate Care facility operated by Norton within the city limits, Ellis said that only makes the area more attractive to newcomers.

“There are some great things happening in the city of Shepherdsville,” said Ellis. “It makes me proud to be mayor in this city.”

With the recent announcement that property was being rezoned to allow a Wal-Mart across from city hall and now Norton decides to build a facility, Ellis said it is an exciting time to be in the city.

“We’ve got even more down the road,” said Ellis.