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Work begins on Trigg outpatient surgical addition

BY DAVID ZOELLER dzoeller@paducahsun.com

Trigg County Hospital recently broke ground on a highly anticipated expansion project for an outpatient surgical addition to the facility.

The groundbreaking ceremony in Cadiz marked the official beginning of construction, although the contractor, A&K Construction of Paducah, has been working there a few weeks, according to Janet James, public relations manager.

"The expansion is funded by a $7.3 million loan from the United States Department of Agriculture," said James. The loan also paid a portion of the cost to renovate the Health & Wellness Center, which houses the hospital's Primary Care Clinic and outpatient rehabilitation services, James said. A $500,000 Community Development Block Grant also helped with the center expansion.

According to James, the Health & Wellness Center renovations are complete, while the surgical addition on the hospital's main campus is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015. The surgical center will offer a variety of outpatient procedures.

Outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation is the newest service offered at Trigg County Hospital.

"Pulmonary rehabilitation involves a number of health care providers working together to improve the lives of those with breathing problems," James said. "Patients are encouraged to ask their health care provider if this service might be right for them."

Services offered involve a multi-disciplinary team focusing on exercise conditioning, strength training, activities of daily living, breathing retraining, education and emotional support for pulmonary patients. For more information on this service, call 270-522-0627.

Dr. Julie Forbush, D.O., is the newest physician at Trigg County Hospital. As a family physician, Forbush treats patients of all ages. Her office is located in the Medical Arts Building on the hospital's main campus.

Her practice includes osteopathic manipulation, sports medicine, women's health, children's health and a full spectrum of minor surgical procedures along with general health maintenance and management. Call 270-522-3444 for more information.

According to the Kentucky Hospital Association, local facilities like Trigg County Hospital are vital to their communities not only for services they provide, but for their contribution to the economy. In 2012, Trigg County Hospital spent nearly $7.7 million on employee wages and salaries and purchases of supplies and services, according to KHA.

Trigg County Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital at 254 Main St. The hospital offers inpatient and outpatient services including 24-hour emergency care, radiologic services including digital mammography, ultrasound, CT, and MRI, rehabilitation services for speech, occupational and physical therapies, primary care clinic, diagnostic lab procedures, respiratory care services and an outpatient behavioral health program.

Contact David Zoeller, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8676.

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