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Saint Thomas Health plans care center in Gallatin

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Saint Thomas Medical Partners plans to add a 35,771-square-foot care center along Nashville Pike in Gallatin. Rendering courtesy of the Gallatin Planning Department. JOSH CROSS

Saint Thomas Medical Partners is planning a new two-story care center in Gallatin, which officials say will provide adequate care with reduced travel times for area patients.

The 35,771-square-foot medical office building, planned at the corner of Nashville Pike and St. Blaise Road near GreenLea Boulevard, will feature space for primary care physicians as well as other medical services, according to Fahad Tahir, CEO of Saint Thomas Medical Partners.

"Folks are traveling all over middle Tennessee to get access to some (medical) services," Tahir said about the project. "So, in order to better serve the needs of our patients we wanted to take Saint Thomas capabilities and services closer to home. One of the ways we want to do that is by creating a destination center in the Gallatin community that has access to comprehensive services."

Plans for the care center include on-site imaging, lab and physical therapy services. The facility will also be the future home of Sumner Medical Group, which signed a definitive agreement last year for its 32 physicians and providers at four different Gallatin and Hendersonville practices to become members of Saint Thomas Medical Partners.

The physician-led medical group is a part of Saint Thomas Health, which is a member of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and non-profit health system.

The Gallatin Planning Commission is expected to vote on the project during its next meeting scheduled for March 27. If approved, construction could begin as early as this summer with an estimated completion date of winter 2018, according to plans submitted to the city's planning department.

The medical group also plans to form a patient and family advisory council, which will help design the "care center of the future" at the new location, said Tahir. A cost for the project has not yet been finalized.

"This is a very serious long-term commitment to the Gallatin community," Tahir said. "We really want to create a destination that (everyone) can be proud of and can certainly serve the entire county."

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