New outpatient department in Vincennes

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VINCENNES, Ind. – During a special Board of Governors Meeting Thursday morning, the board approved the $1.5 million purchase of the former Clearview Eye Center located at 2020 Clearview Drive in Vincennes. This new location will be the future home of the outpatient Physical Medicine Department.

More than 42,000 treatments were provided to patients seen at Good Samaritan’s current outpatient Physical Medicine Department in 2018. The current number of patients, in addition to service line growth, made it necessary to find a new location for the department.

The property approved for purchase consists of a 15,929 sq. / ft. building sitting on 2.82 acres with easy access for patients off of Hart Street. The main part of the building (11,338 sq. /ft.) was built in 1991 while an addition of 4,591 was added in 2001. The location also includes parking for 90 patients and staff.

“We are excited about expanding our services and making physical medicine services more accessible to our patients,” said Matt Schuckman, Vice President of Operations. “The location will be more convenient for our patients and will provide additional space for growth opportunities in the future.”

The new space will house Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Sports Performance and Pediatric Therapy. Therapists who see inpatients at Good Samaritan on nursing units will remain at the hospital.

Once Physical Medicine is moved to its new location, the Good Samaritan / Indiana University Internal Medicine Residency Program will occupy the previous space of the department in the summer of 2020 for the Internal Medicine Continuity Clinic.

“The purchase of the former Clearview Eye Center was a part of our 2019 Strategic Plan and is a long-term investment,” said Rob McLin, President and CEO. “We are continuing to focus on the needs of our patients, while growing and expanding our services.”

Schuckman informed the board that the purchase of this property will be funded through budgeted capital money. The hospital’s 2019 capital budget incorporated a plan to move the Physical Medicine Department to a new location and also funding to renovate the fifth floor of the Health Pavilion for physician office space. The combined budget for these plans was $1.8 million. Schuckman stated that,  “due to space becoming available at the Medical Arts Building on Willow Street, the renovation of the fifth floor of the Health Pavilion will no longer be needed. Therefore, that money will also go toward the purchase of the Clearview Eye Center property.”

At the board meeting held on June 3, the board had approved the sale of the hospital’s vacant lot at the corner of 6th and Vigo streets. The lot was approved to be sold to Old National Bank for $650,000.

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