Medical call center to bring jobs

Published 12:01 am Sunday, July 3, 2016

SOUTH POINT — A new business will bring 30 jobs to downtown Ironton in the next 90 days with the potential of increasing that to 100 in the next two years.

Care 24/7, based in Tennessee, will open a call center at 415 Center St., to offer follow-up scheduling medical appointments.

Bringing in the new business was announced at the semi-annual Lawrence Economic Development Corporation meeting on Friday. The LEDC purchased the office space across from the courthouse from Lawrence County Commissioner Les Boggs. It formerly housed the offices of E.L. Robinson Engineering. Selling price wasn’t immediately reported.

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The LEDC will lease the second floor to the company for free for the first year.

The company works with hospitals and doctors’ offices to schedule appointments for patients. Right now Holzer Medical Center is the first local client of Care 24/7.

Also at the meeting Dr. Scott Howard gave an update on the proposed health and wellness center at The Point industrial park.

“We are hoping it will be a family-oriented type of facility,” Howard said.

It will offer occupational rehabilitation, specialty and family health care, meeting space and the STEM high school program.

“We’re expecting site work in the near future,” Howard said of the $18 to $20 million project. “We are looking at different financing options.”

Partners for the project are St. Mary’s Medical Center and Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization’s medical centers and its Early Childhood Program.

Dr. Bill Dingus, executive director of the LEDC, reported on countywide projects including a new Auto Zone and an 56 unit senior housing complex in the eastern end and the start of construction of Tudor’s restaurant in Ironton.

“Each part of the county is running super well,” Dingus said. “One of the things being explored is the LEDC building cabins in the Lake Vesuvius area in an effort to help tourism in Lawrence County.”