A dedication ceremony is set for Thursday on a $2.5 million Franciscan St. Francis Health medical complex in downtown Columbus. The facility, which previously housed a tire store, has been undergoing renovations since December. September 24, 2014

News Release

COLUMBUS, Ind. (September 22, 2014) – The development of a downtown medical facility will soon offer residents here and Bartholomew County enhanced treatment options and easier access to Franciscan St. Francis Health clinical services.

On Monday, Sept. 22 (today), Franciscan Physician Network Columbus Primary & Specialty Care will relocate to a newly renovated building at 123 2nd St. It will house the medical practice of Teresa L. Lovins, MD, who has been seeing patients for several months at a temporary site.

The refurbished facility will be staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners, a practice manager and medical assistants, and includes a lab draw site.

“Franciscan St. Francis Health has welcomed and treated patients from Columbus and the surrounding area for decades,” said Robert J. Brody, president and chief executive officer. “As we are a regional tertiary center, our hospital and physicians will provide a continuum of care for those who choose our services.”

Conveniently located in downtown Columbus and only a few miles from Interstate 65, the medical complex is only 35 miles south of Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis, a full-service hospital offering nationally recognized programs such as cardiac, vascular, cancer and women's care, and the only Level III neonatal intensive care unit in south-central Indiana.

Construction on the one-story 8,700-square-feet facility got underway in December 2013. The $2.5 million renovation boasts a new fa?ade, a west-facing main entrance, exam rooms, offices and expanded parking lot.

The work is being done by Tonn and Blank Construction, who are joined by subcontractors, Nading Mechanical Inc. and Forster Electrical Services.

The Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce and other community leaders have supported the project since its inception and they will be on hand for a blessing and dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, Sept. 25.

On Saturday, Nov. 1, Columbus residents will have the opportunity to meet the clinical staff of Columbus Primary & Specialty Care and hospital leadership, tour the facility and participate in activities at an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Franciscan Physician Network is a division of the Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance. To learn more about network primary and specialty care services in central Indiana, go to FranciscanDocs.org.

Source: Franciscan St. Francis Health

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