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7/1/2015 12:00:00 AM CENTRAL
Updated: 4/6/2016 10:31:19 AM CENTRAL
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PCMH to Begin Campus Medical Office Building and Retail Pharmacy Expansion/Renovation







After two years of detailed planning, Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) Board of Directors and Trustees have authorized the plan to begin a significant campus medical office and retail pharmacy expansion and renovation.  The project team will include Robinson Construction of Perryville under contract with PCMH as the Construction Manager, and Christner Incorporated of St. Louis as the Architect.  Several other firms including Baer Engineering of Perryville and KJWW Engineering of St. Louis have contributed to the planning.

The principal elements of the project are as follows:

  1. Newly constructed space (4400 sf) for Prescriptions Plus Pharmacy which will effectively double its size.New amenities include a two car, drive thru service port.New robotic prescription filling equipment will be installed to speed the prescription filling service for enhanced patient satisfaction as well.
  2. Newly constructed space (2800 sf) for a dedicated medical oncology and infusion clinic.PCMH has provided this service for over 10 years in existing medical office space.This new design and construction is specific to the oncology patients and will bring all the modern design and outpatient technologies into play to support these very important patients.
  3. The gutting and renovation of approximately 11,000 sf of medial office space.In the end, the lower level of the current Medical Office Buildings A and B will communicate as one, with interior pharmacy access.

The principal change PCMH’s patient will notice in the overall design of the new building as compared to the former building will be in how they are managed as they access their physician.  Formerly, the model was a single, large waiting room with a group of receptionists managing patients arriving for appointments and handling incoming calls. 

The new model breaks the former system into small units.  As patient preferences have changed, PCMH has found that physicians and nurse practitioners working in teams of two to three providers can better respond to their patient needs.  The design is for smaller waiting rooms with a capacity of 18-20, served by one or two receptionists, managing patients for two to three providers who are working in the adjacent treatment rooms. 

Under this new model, the receptionists remain in close communication with the providers and patients, and can facilitate walk-in patients seeing their established provider.  Also, acute patients calling in requesting to see the doctor in the same day will be handled by a receptionist who knows, from moment to moment, how the provider is doing in relation to the schedule, and can work to facilitate that acute appointment.  This all supports keeping patients connected to their established provider, and driving home continuity of care.  Seeing your established healthcare provider rather than someone covering for your doctor, builds continuity of care, better clinical outcomes, and patient satisfaction.

The project is expected to get started in July and with three distinct phases, take 16 to 18 months to complete.