The White River Health System on Wednesday announced that it has asked the Batesville City Council to close one block of Broad Street between Sidney and 15th Street and an unused alley between lots the hospital owns to make way for an expansion.
The council heard the first reading of the ordinance authorizing the street and alley closure; the second reading is on its July 11 agenda.
A cost estimate for the project has not been finalized, the hospital said.
WRHS owns all the adjacent property and plans to use the site for the construction of a 40,000-SF medical office building dedicated to bone and joint health. The hospital expects to add 50 employees when the facility opens in 2018.
It will include offices for four orthopaedic surgeons, medical imaging and other services to create a comprehensive outpatient orthopaedic center. If approved, construction is expected to begin later this summer.
The opening in 2018 will coincide with the arrival of WRMC’s fourth orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Wes Greer. He will join the offices of Drs. J.D. Allen, Jeff Angel and Dylan Carpenter at the MPOC Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic.