Dr. Tommy Wagner welcomed everyone and expressed his appreciation for their support as he made the official announcement of the new multi-million dollar clinic coming to Manila. Due to rain, a non-traditional inside groundbreaking was held Thursday afternoon, Jan. 10, at the Manila Community Center with Dr. Wagner unveiling the drawing of the new ambulatory care clinic.
Carney also pointed out the clinic will bring jobs to town.
Dr. Wagner, family practice physician, returned to his hometown and opened a clinic in Manila seven and a half years ago. He now sees patients at Wagner Medical Clinic sites in both Manila and Lepanto.
A drawing of the single-story structure, designed by John Mixon, architect with Cromwell Architects Engineers, a firm with offices in Little Rock, Jonesboro and Fayetteville, was displayed.
Mahon Construction of Bee Branch (near Conway) will serve as contractor for the project which represents a multimillion dollar investment.
Work is expected to begin within the coming weeks, and the facility is expected to be ready for occupancy in the fall.
"I want to thank each and every one of you for being here today," Dr. Wagner said. "This has been two years in the making."
Dr. Wagner introduced architect John Mixon and Allen Mahon, contractor, Judge Randy Carney, Mayor Wayne Wagner, Randy Scott, chief executive officer with Farmers Bank and Trust of Blytheville, and Chris Barber, president and chief executive officer of St. Bernards Healthcare.
"St. Bernards was here a long time before I was," Dr. Wagner said. "This will be good for our community and the surrounding area. It will increase the access for care. Financing is being handled through Farmers Bank and Trust and they have purchased a lot next to the new facility."
The new facility will feature 16 examination rooms and two procedure rooms.
Dr. Wagner thanked his parents, wife, son and his staff for their support.
Dr. Wagner's father, Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner, expressed his excitement about the project for the community.
A portion of the facility will be leased by St. Bernards to provide services to patients in the Buffalo Island area, in eastern Mississippi County and even in the bootheel of Missouri. The new clinic will allow things such as physical therapy, imaging, laboratory and specialty clinic services to be delivered in the local market.
"We are pleased to collaborate with Wagner Medical Clinic to provide quality healthcare services for area residents," Barber said. "We have worked with Dr. Wagner for more than year to help develop a facility such as this new clinic, and we think this project represents both a local and a regional commitment to delivering the very best in healthcare possible to area patients at a location close to their homes."