Ribbon Cutting Held in Paris




Henry County Medical Center and Bethel hosted an Open House for the Paris community on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the new Bethel University Paris Campus and HCMC Diagnostic Center facility.  The event took place in Paris, a town 17 miles from McKenzie, at the new facility across from the current Henry County Medical Center. The Paris and Henry County Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting at the event.

     After the ribbon cutting, the community gathered inside the facility to enjoy refreshments, entertainment, and tours of the facility.

     The Bethel/HCMC Project is a prime example of an inter-organizational cooperation.  Bethel University, a non-profit, private educational institution; the Henry County Medical Center, a county-owned hospital; and the City of Paris as the chief financing partner, came together to form a partnership resulting in a joint facility housing an outpatient imaging center and an educational facility specializing in the allied health sciences.

     The project also received support by Paris Henry Economic Development Corporation, Henry County Government, and substantial financial assistance from the USDA, Rural Development Administration.

     The $12 million facility is an outstanding addition to the Paris landscape and will serve the community well.

     The Bethel University Paris Campus will give students the benefits of Bethel coursework minus the hassle of gas and commuting time to other campuses. It will provide spillover classroom space for students taking classes toward a bachelor’s degree in business, and it will also serve as classroom space for high school honors and dual credit courses. The Bethel Paris campus will have the unique distinction of being the school’s first satellite campus to be equipped with resources that prepare students for health sciences jobs. Serving primarily as an extension of Bethel University’s College of Health Sciences, the 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 new Paris Campus will allow for a broader array of health sciences offerings at Bethel. Health sciences offerings being evaluated include 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 University 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 HCMC Diagnostic Center opened to patients on October 7. The new 10,000 square foot facility integrates state-of-the-art technology with convenience, comfort and communication to ensure that you have the best experience possible. The HCMC Diagnostic Center is 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).  Our 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 region.

     As a department of Henry County Medical Center, it is Medicare certified and accredited by the American College of Radiology, The Joint Commission, and certified by the FDA. All radiologists are board certified by the American College of Radiology.

     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. We take great pride in our efforts to achieve superior customer service for our patients.  Best of all is the convenience of the center with adequate parking, along with a covered drop-off area so patients are quickly in and out of the area. Waiting time is reduced and the facility is not crowded at all.