Bath Community Hospital has finalized the lease agreement with Bath County to occupy their property located adjacent to the Millboro Elementary School. This property, formerly known as the SEEDS building, has been vacant for several years. The County will be leasing the property for $1.00 per year for the next 10 years with the right for Bath Community Hospital to renew or purchase the property at the end of those 10 years.
Bath Community Hospital was forced to close the prior location in June of 2017. Since June, hospital leadership has looked at several properties in the Millboro area to determine the most appropriate and cost-efficient location. This is the first step in reopening the much-loved clinic in the Millboro community. With the selection of an appropriate location, the hospital will now begin approximately $40,000.00 in necessary renovations to bring the property up to the rural health clinic designation specifications required by Medicare. During the renovations, administration will be submitting the lengthy application necessary for Rural Health Clinic designation. Having just completed this process at their Covington location, leadership anticipates they will have everything completed and ready to occupy the new space by Fall 2018.
“We are extremely excited about returning to Millboro and appreciate the partnership with the County that helped secure the ideal building,” said Kati Lightner, Executive Director for Ambulatory Clinics at BCH. “We are looking forward to getting back into the Millboro community to serve patients in that location,” said Kathy Landreth, CEO of Bath Community Hospital.
Patients will be able to see the same provider in Kim Rexrode, FNP, who’s been the sole provider in that area for several years. “I’ve spent the past 10 years in the Millboro Clinic, starting with a half day once a week and increasing that to 2 days a week. I have missed the Millboro community and I’m very excited to be back in this location by the Fall 2018” said Kim Rexrode, FNP.
Once the clinic is open, they plan to be at this location at least two days per week offering primary and preventive health care services for people of all ages as well as comprehensive treatment of acute and chronic illnesses and necessary lab draws for their patients.