If a patient has suffered an injury or a condition that requires surgery, pain management or physical therapy, a new Johnson Memorial Health facility has been designed to meet all their needs.

A 20,400-square-foot rehabilitation facility is set to open Friday on the Johnson Memorial Health campus.

The new center, which will house physical, occupational and speech therapists, orthopedic surgeons and the pain care center, is part of the health system’s $42 million project to grow and redesign the Franklin campus.

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Officials planned the new facility, located on the west end of the campus, as a one-stop-shop for people who need therapy, orthopedic or pain management services, Johnson Memorial Health president and chief executive officer Larry Heydon said.

The new center will have added rehabilitation equipment and services, allowing Johnson Memorial Health to grow that program and compete with others in the area, Heydon said.

Rehabilitation services are being moved from the immediate care center run by Johnson Memorial off U.S. 31 in Franklin, which officials had said was running out of space.

In addition, with the decision to move the pain care center to the new building, the rehabilitation facility can also serve as a global pain service center, Heydon said. Employees can also exercise at the new building as part of the health system’s wellness program, he said.

The new facility is the third project in a long-range plan to update the main hospital campus in Franklin, after the surgery center was remodeled in 2013 and the cafeteria and main entrance were remodeled in 2015.

Next up, construction is set to begin this month on a new emergency and outpatient services addition, which will require the demolition of the original hospital building built in 1947.

“We are bringing one piece to a close and can move on to the next,” Heydon said.

The next project will include a new 33,000-square-foot outpatient center with room for laboratory and radiology services, and a new 17,400-square-foot emergency department with a new ambulance drive and bay. The expansion will also give a new face to the east side of the campus. And once the emergency department is relocated, the hospital can move and redesign the maternity ward.

Officials have said the new emergency and outpatient services areas are needed to reduce wait times and meet an increasing demand for services, including X-rays, scans and blood work.

Construction on that portion of the project was slightly delayed because of contract negotiations, but the goal is to start work yet this year and be finished by mid-2019, Heydon said.

“It will create some work-arounds for the next year and a half or so, but we will do all we can to make sure the patient experience remains as good as possible,” he said.

At a glance

Here is a look at the $42 million project planned at the Johnson Memorial Hospital campus in Franklin:

  • Opening Friday: 20,400-square-foot rehabilitation facility on the west side of the campus, which will include physical, occupational, speech and rehabilitational therapy services, orthopedic surgeons and pain management.
  • Construction starting soon: New emergency department and outpatient services building, which will replace the original hospital building built in 1947 that currently houses offices, which will include a 17,400-square-foot emergency department, with a new ambulance drive and bay, and a 33,000-square-foot outpatient services center, such as radiology and laboratory services.
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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.