"The Jolly Physician Services Building is open," said Sharon Urhahn, director of marketing for Missouri Delta Medical Center. "It's finished - it's beautiful and functional."
Missouri Delta Physician Services now occupies the second floor of the Jolly Physician Services Building, 1019 North Main, across from and a bit north of the hospital.
"The physicians are very happy with the new facility, and the patients are happy, too," said Latina Hampton, operations director of Physician Services. "It's just really nice over here."
Physician Services has 14 examination rooms and three doctors working there so far - nephrologist Mowaffaq R. Said and internists Ovidiu Krausz and Fred Uthoff - with room for two more.
"We are actively recruiting two internists," said Urhahn. MDMC is also looking to recruit an ear, nose and throat specialist; orthopedic surgeons; and a neurologist, she added.
Renovating the second floor for Missouri Delta Physician Services is the second phase for the Jolly Physician Services Building, which was originally a bank.
The building's first phase began with the renovation of the first floor into doctors' offices about three years ago. Not actually a part of Missouri Delta Physician Services, the offices are occupied by Dr. Joseph H. Jacob, obstetrics/gynecological oncology; and obstetrician-gynecologists Dr. Patricia Borthwick and Dr. George Methven
For the building's third phase, MDMC will be bidding out a construction project to enclose what was the drive-in area for the bank, converting it into obstetrics/gynecology offices for obstetrician-gynecologist Anthony Poole and women's health nurse practitioners Jane Eaves and Sherry Welker; as well as the new obstetrician-gynecologist, Jennifer Nickel, who is slated to begin practicing here this summer.
"She'll start Aug. 1," said Urhahn. "We're so excited because she's a local, a home-town girl."
Plans are also to finish the basement for use as business offices, Urhahn added.
For appointments at Missouri Delta Physician Services, call 472-7702.
In other MDMC news:
* The hospital has a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging unit, according to Urhahn. MRIs are used mainly for brain and brain stem imaging and for imaging joints.
Construction to enclose the old ambulance parking bay for a MRI room will begin any day now, according to Charles Ancell, Missouri Delta Medical Center's CEO.
The hospital has been using a mobile MRI unit.
* MDMC officials expect the hospital's new Positron Emission Tomography scan machine to be in place by mid-summer.
The PET scan detects radioactive material injected into patients to determine cancer stages, scan brains and provides cardiac services among other things.
* The Jaycee Regional Dialysis Center is slated to open in June, according to Urhahn. Also, the Sikeston School District has already awarded the bid for construction on the second floor for the school's practical nurse training program, Ancell added.
* Urhahn said MDMC staff are pleased with the hospital's new Echo machine which the hospital obtained last fall as the new system makes data transfers much easier. "When we do a study, we can burn the information to a CD and send it on to other providers," Urhahn said.
Echo machines use sound waves to view working organs.