For immediate release on 05/03/2023–
Franklin County Medical Center joined with local, state, and organization leaders to officially dedicate its new medical office building on April 27, 2023. The dedication marks a stunning 24,000-square-foot step of progress for the organization.
This expansion demonstrates our commitment to our vision: to be the premier healthcare provider and facility of choice for the community. During the ceremony, Darin Dransfield, CEO shared “Like a gifted violinist bowing a Stradivarius, we now have an instrument that matches the quality of our providers at FCMC.” The new building is home to primary and specialty care, more than doubling in size from their prior spaces and an even more impressive improvement to the environment of care.
Stuart Knapp, a Franklin County local and Family Practice Physician at FCMC, said “This has been a long time coming. This building to me is like a community taking care of each other. Having it allows us to take good care of our community and we hope it shows that we do care.” This impact is shown in many patient comments since the building has been in operation. One patient said, “I like that it feels modern and up-to-date, I believe it is a reflection of the quality of service I receive.”
The project came with the support of many individuals and organizations. Firms involved included Design West, Hogan Construction, and Zion’s Bank. The completion of this building comes in part from the support of Franklin County Healthcare Foundation and its late director, Allyson Wadsworth. Through the creation of a donor wall, the foundation raised over $33,000 representing donations primarily from community members. Tiles on the donor wall can still be purchased and ordered by contacting the foundation.
Brandon Woolf, State of Idaho Controller, dedicated the facility. “FCMC leadership has tremendous vision for the future of healthcare in our community.”, speaking about the new expansion, he added, “Hospitals, like schools, are like anchors in our communities, supporting citizens with care as well as supporting the economy with good paying jobs. …As the largest employer in Franklin County, FCMC is a major economic driver in the community, contributing over $21 million in salaries and benefits to an average of over 350 employees. Everyone in the community should be very proud.”
Notably, Woolf pointed out that “All FCMC services are supported by operations without any additional tax burden on the community.”
Like all good medical care, this new building is only as good as the staff that occupies it. Franklin County Commissioner Robert Swainston said, “What we are most proud of is our people. We believe we have the best doctors and support staff anywhere. When patients come here, they are treated like family.”
“We strive for forward thinking and forward motion. We’re proud of and thankful for this building.”, shared Darin Dranfield, CEO, “It is our genuine pleasure to offer this to our community family, and for generations to come.”
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