A new out-patient medical facility is coming to Eastern Kentucky.
The Hazard ARH announced today they are planning to transform the old walmart building into a medical mall.
This Wal-mart building has been empty since 2004 ... But the 90 thousand square foot facility will soon be a medical mall.
Trena Hall is in charge of the new project that hopes to offer residents of Perry County and surrounding areas convenient healthcare services.
"I think patient's will have the opportunity to look for out-patient healthcare services outside the congestion of a hospital setting," says ARH Project Director Trena Hall. "Where their out-patient care is the focus of the care delivery."
Hall says they hope to offer doctor's offices, an after-hours clinic, radiology, laboratory, rehabilitation, retail pharmacy, and much more with the new medical mall.
Hazard Mayor Bill Gorman says the facility will be helpful to our entire region and has plans for more growth for Hazard.
"We're working on the veterans center and we just talked to people from the Central Kentucky Blood Bank," says Mayor Gormon. "We're going to have a lot of things here that we haven't had lately."
The Wal-mart corporation is helping the project grow by assisting with the lease until 2010.
"There's a mural up on the wall that says american jobs growing through Sam's dream," says Kentucky Wal-Mart Representative Jason Wetzel. "Sam Walton had a bigger dream than that and that's serving rural communities."
The project is still in the early planning stages but ARH officials say they will begin construction early next year.