The Rhea Medical Center Board of Directors is moving forward with plans to address what it sees as a possible future parking issue at the site of the new justice center at the corner of Rhea County Highway and Walnut Grove Church Road.
At the board’s monthly meeting on Monday, hospital officials said that since there are still currently doctors’ offices located near the future center of the justice, the hospital may need to explore moving those offices to a new location.
The hospital board voted unanimously during its recent meeting to submit requests for proposals to possibly construct a new physicians’ building in anticipation of the completion of the new justice center.
Hospital board officials began discussing the idea in their July meeting when hospital board chair Caroline Housley said that once the justice center is complete, the hospital may need to consider the parking situation at the doctor’s offices that are next to the justice center site.
Housley said that the board may consider several measures to ensure that some parking spaces are reserved for patients, including hiring a security attendant to monitor parking space usage. However, during Monday’s meeting, board officials moved away from those suggestions and began the process of constructing a new building closer to Rhea Medical Center.
The Rhea Medical Center Board of Directors meets next on Monday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. at the hospital.