SULPHUR, Okla. (KXII) - "Actually the planning phase for the new clinic started back when the hospital was designed and built - the new hospital," Jeremy Jones said.
Jeremy Jones is the administrator of the Arbuckle Memorial Hospital in Sulphur.
He tells us the hospital is preparing to start construction on a new family clinic.
The clinic they currently have inside the hospital only has 4 providers and 3 exam rooms.
"The clinic will be 11,000 square feet approximately - it will house 15 exam rooms for primary care patients," Jones said. "We'll have 6 providers in the clinic and also two areas for laboratory."
Jones says the clinic will be a multi-million dollar project - a portion of it will be funded by the 1 cent county sales tax that goes towards the hospital.
"Along with the county sales tax, we also had a restructure of the bond that we had when we built the hospital," Jones said. "(The) total project cost will be 3.5 to 3.7 million."
Government data reflects a population estimate increase of about 2.7% from 2010 to 2017 in Murray County, a major influence on why Jones says they needed to expand their services.
He also says the clinic will be built right next door to the hospital.
"Patients can walk through an enclosed corridor back and forth from the hospital to the clinic so if they have outpatient diagnostic needs, they can just walk right over here to the hospital," Jones said.
Jones says they plan on construction starting within the next month and hope to have the clinic fully built by the end of the year.