Henry County Medical Center and Bethel University Hold Groundbreaking


(l to r) Phil Wichlan, Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees Chairman, Tom Gee, CEO of Henry County Medical Center, Steve Prosser, Bethel University Vice President for University Administration, Bob Prosser, Bethel University President, Brent Greer, Henry County Mayor, Sam Tharpe, Mayor for City of Paris break ground for a HCMC Diagnostic Center and Bethel University Paris Campus.

Henry County Medical Center and Bethel University held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Diagnostic Center and a Bethel University Paris Campus on Thursday, Sept. 29 in Paris. The two entities will share resources and a building that will be located at the former Pet Milk Company location in Paris across from Henry County Medical Center.
The HCMC Diagnostic Center will be a comprehensive, freestanding diagnostic imaging center that will also offer Pre Admission Testing services for surgery patients, including EKG and Lab services. Imaging services that will be offered include a 16-slice Cat Scanner, a 1.5T MRI Wide Bore (specifically for larger body types), two Ultrasound machines and Diagnostic Radiology. There will be a designated women’s center offering digital mammography as well as Bone Densitometry (DEXA). The ladies’ individual dressing rooms will be located within the women’s center for privacy and comfort.
“With advanced technology operated by our qualified and caring professionals, we are confident that this center will be invaluable to Henry County as well as our surrounding area,” said Tom Gee, CEO.
As a department of Henry County Medical Center, the new Diagnostic Center will be Medicare-certified and accredited by the Joint Commission.
“The dedicated outpatient focus of our new facility is designed to provide ease of access to these services and reduced waiting times for patients while maintaining high standards for clinical quality,” said Billie McKee, Director of Imaging Services.
The Bethel University Paris campus will be the school’s first satellite campus equipped with resources that prepare students for health sciences jobs. Serving primarily as an extension of Bethel University’s College of Health Sciences, the new Paris campus will provide classroom space for students conducting clinical rotations. A medical sciences skills lab, a physical therapy lab, a nursing and physician assistant practice lab, a biology lab and a gross anatomy cadaver lab will all be a part of the campus. The Paris Campus will also provide spillover classroom space for Success students taking classes toward degrees. Additionally, it will provide classroom space for high school honors and dual credit courses.
“Our new Paris campus will allow for a broader array of health sciences offerings at Bethel,” said Steve Prosser, Vice President for University Administration. “We’re evaluating offerings in physical therapy, diagnostic imaging, advanced practice nursing and advanced laboratory services.”
Currently, Bethel University offers a bachelor of science in nursing, a master of science in physician assistant studies and a number of undergraduate programs that prepare students for placement in advanced health sciences study. Bethel holds accreditation credentials from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), from the Accreditation Review Commission of Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The anticipated completion date for the HCMC Diagnostic Center and Bethel University Paris Campus is Fall 2012.