Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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February 20, 2013

TJ Health Pavilion opening delayed

GLASGOW —

The TJ Health Pavilion will open for patients on May 20, a few weeks later than the opening day broadcasting on countdown clocks all over T.J. Samson Community Hospital.

The health pavilion, located in a former Walmart in the Barren River Plaza on N.L. Rogers Wells Boulevard, has been under construction since 2011 and the concept has been in the making for more than five years. The facility will house all outpatient care services for T.J. Samson, as well as dozens of physician offices and some community services.

Tours of the pavilion construction site were in full swing in early February, and until last week the hospital said the facility would open for patients on May 6, less than a week after the May 1 projected construction completion date. However, that plan changed as hospital administrators started to comprehend the extent of operational logistics that will have to be put in place, said hospital Chief Operating Officer Neil Thornbury on Tuesday.

“We could open it May 6 but you’re really going to leave yourself vulnerable to something not being perfect,” Thornbury said.

Within the TJ Health Pavilion project, there are two major focus areas, construction and operations.

“On the construction road, everything has gone exceptionally well,” Thornbury said.

Construction continues on schedule and at a reasonable price, Thornbury said. The hospital’s timing was perfect in terms of keeping costs low in a bad economy, he said. The site’s “significant completion” date is on target for the end of March, followed by a period of time when a small construction crew will be perfecting the facility and installing equipment. However, even if the construction is complete enough on May 1 to open the pavilion’s doors, Thornbury said there is still a lot of logistics to be sorted out. About 40 physicians will be moving offices from other Glasgow locations into the pavilion, and complicated computer systems like the pavilion’s electronic whiteboards, supply chain system and electronic medical records will all have to be synchronized.

“We are designing really a state-of-the-art outpatient facility,” Thornbury said.

For the full story, see the print or e-edition of Thursday's Glasgow Daily Times.

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