After serving the community out of the same office almost six decades, a local ophthalmology practice eyes expansion to a new location in the upcoming months.
In keeping with a tide of revitalization that's washing over the practice with the addition of new physicians, The Ophthalmology Group plans to ride the wave forward with designs on a location that would provide better patient access and bolster services currently offered out of the group's multiple Paducah offices.
Dr. Carl Baker, partner with The Ophthalmology Group and Paducah Retinal Center, said architectural plans on the proposed 30,000 square foot medical office building are progressing with intentions of locating the practice off Pecan Drive, across Blandville Road from West Kentucky Community & Technical College.
The Paducah City Commission approved a zone change for the site in the fall, and the group awaits notification on a clear exemption that could arrive as soon as February. Baker said ideally the group would break ground on the multi-purpose office space by summer.
"We're really looking to build an eye care facility that will improve our ability to serve our patients around the region," Baker said. "We want to provide better access for our patients and hopefully increase the convenience and update our facilities, as well."
The building will consolidate the group's downtown locations - including the Paducah Retinal Center and retail store, Keene Optical - providing a central clinical office space with an optical dispensary and an option for a Lasik suite. The Eye Surgery Center on Lone Oak Road will remain separate.
An additional impetus for expansion revolves around patient access. The current office spaces have limited parking that the proposed space will hopefully remedy.
"Part of our pressing need is to allow more space for the Retinal Center," said Joy Woodford, office administrator. "It's a very unique service to our ophthalmology patients and patients that need to be treated promptly."
The overall expansion is still in a planning phase, Baker said, and the steady pace with which it's moving forward is in keeping with the project's size and scope.
Contact Will Pinkston, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8676 or follow @WCPinkston on Twitter.