Lake Regional Health System held a groundbreaking Thursday, July 21, to celebrate the upcoming expansion of Lake Regional Clinic – Eldon at 304 E. Fourth St. The project includes a two-story, 20,000-square-foot addition, renovations to the existing clinic, expanded parking and a new entrance from Maple Street.
"Lake Regional's plan to expand health care services at the Eldon clinic will enhance our community," said John Caine, a Lake Regional Board of Directors member and lifelong Eldon resident. "Creating a health care hub here makes care more accessible for residents and business owners along the lake's north shore and surrounding areas and will bring more economic activity here."
The estimated cost is $3.4 million, and the expected completion date is August 2017. The addition will connect to the existing primary care clinic and will house a retail pharmacy; digital imaging services; a new clinic and waiting area for primary care and pediatrics; full-time women's health services; and plenty of space for outreach by other specialties, such as orthopedics and sleep medicine. The current primary care clinic will serve as the urgent care clinic, with an entrance and dedicated parking off Fourth Street. In addition, renovations at the current rehab clinic will result in a more inviting reception area.
Many important steps in this process are already complete, including the purchase of the land; permitting by the City of Eldon; demolition of existing structures along Fifth and Sixth Streets; and relocation of utilities.
All of the existing services will remain open throughout construction
"We are excited about this expansion of health care services in Eldon," said Kevin McRoberts, senior vice president of Operations at Lake Regional. "This is an opportunity for us to make health care more convenient and accessible to many of our current patients, as well as to connect with new patients in the Eldon area who can benefit from Lake Regional's specialty services."
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Lake Regional Health System CEO Michael E. Henze thanked those in attendance, including State Rep. David Wood (R-58), Eldon Mayor Larry Henderson, Eldon City Administrator Debbie Hurr and members of the Eldon Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he extended a special thank you to the Eldon City Council and the Planning and Zoning Committee; Ameren Missouri; HMN Architects; Krehbiel Engineering; and local builder Curtiss-Manes-Schulte.
Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to the residents and visitors of the lake region. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a three-time recipient of the Missouri Quality Award. Lake Regional Health System also operates primary care, urgent care, specialty care and rehab therapy clinics; retail pharmacies; and home health services throughout the lake area.