Clinic facilities

Grant to bring a new TCMH clinic to Licking

The City of Licking will receive a $1.69 million grant that will bring a new clinic and services to the North County Texas community by Texas County Memorial Hospital.

The news came from the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The funds come from a COVID-19 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The expense was one of 41 approved in the state, totaling about $41.2 million. The projects aim to help Missouri communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to the lasting effects of COVID-19.

The hospital will acquire property that once housed a GM dealership, Sturgeon Chevrolet-Buick, which was owned by brothers Kent and Brent Sturgeon. The company was founded by their father, Eugene. The company closed in 2013. The nearly three-acre lot is located on Highway 32 east of Friend Lumber Co.

“We really appreciate the Department of Economic Development selecting the TCMH system for its CDBG program,” said Jeff Gettys, TCMH Foundation Director, adding, “We also appreciate the City of Licking working with us to continue this grant opportunity.”

The CDBG program is designed to support the well-being of Missouri communities and create greater capacity for growth, whether by addressing local health and safety issues or improving local facilities.

Once the full renovation of the 8,400 square foot space is complete, TCMH’s new facility will include a modern full-service medical clinic, a weatherproof drive-thru screening and vaccination site, and a mass infusion area.

An architect’s rendering of a new medical clinic for Licking.

“We are excited for the generational benefits this project will bring to the people of Licking and Texas County,” Gettys said. “Creating a lasting impact in one of our great communities and helping it grow is a huge honor and privilege for all of us at TCMH.”

“We are excited to be a part of this opportunity and look forward to helping our town continue to grow,” said Licking City Clerk Rhonda Kirkwood. “We are extremely proud that TCMH is dedicated to the well-being of our community and invests in our city. »

“The CBDG program strengthens communities, as well as our state’s economy,” said Maggie Kost, acting director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. “We are proud of the progress made with these funds and grateful for the support of our federal partners as we help Missourians thrive.”

Renovations are expected to begin in the fall.

The announcement follows other recent good news for the hospital. It is expected to receive $1 million in rural development funds from the USDA to complete a surgical center and if approved by the governor, it will receive an additional $1 million in the state budget that begins July 1.