By Rebecca Hertz
Killeen Daily Herald
Wednesday morning, under a blanket of gray skies and a chilling wind, Metroplex Adventist Hospital held a ground-breaking ceremony for the Hemingway Medical Office Building. It will be at the corner of Clear Creek and Bell Tower roads in Killeen.
The three-story, 90,000-square-foot facility is named for the late Gen. Jack Hemingway, who served on the Metroplex Board of Trustees for nearly 30 years, and is scheduled to open in fall 2010. Hemingway's wife, Shirley Hemingway, and children, Jack Hemingway Jr. and Ruth Hemingway-Fenell, were guests of honor at the ceremony.
"(The office building) will be named in honor of the great supporter of this facility and the whole Metroplex system, Jack Hemingway Sr., who was a member of the board for many years," said Carlyle Walton, president and CEO of Metroplex Health System. "We think it is another example of our collaboration with our partner Scott & White to bring the very best, most accessible health care to our community."
Metroplex is partnering with Scott & White Healthcare to provide much-needed space to house physicians specializing in pediatrics, endoscopy, cardiology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, gynecology and surgery, according to a press release.
Metroplex CFO Penny Johnson said that Scott & White will use about two-thirds of the new building, which will also have a gastroenterology lab with state-of-the-art equipment.
The partnership with Scott & White will allow more patients to access their care in Killeen rather than traveling to another facility.
"We (Scott & White) have been working with Metroplex with the goal of getting this facility up and running as soon as possible because as we continue to recruit physicians for the area … we need a place to put them," said Patricia Currie, chief of hospital services for Scott & White. "We are very excited. We are a partner and minority owner in Metroplex."
Ken Finch, chairman of the Metroplex Health System board of directors, said the facility was being named after one of his best friends whose leadership contributed to the current success of Metroplex Health System.
He recognized Hemingway's service to his country and the community and thanked the Hemingway family for allowing the building to be named in his honor.
"Gen. Jack Hemingway Sr. set the standards high in everything he did," Finch said. "He accomplished many things in his life. He will truly be missed but not forgotten. This will continue to be part of his legacy."
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