(Paris, Ill.)—Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center has purchased the building that once housed its Kansas Family Medical Center, and donated the structure back to the village of Kansas.
“Our Kansas clinic served the community for many years,” said Oliver Smith, PCH/FMC president and CEO. “Donating this structure to the village is our way of thanking everyone who supported us for so long. We will continue to provide healthcare services to all residents of Edgar County, including Kansas, at our Paris and Chrisman locations.”
The building, located on East Buena Vista Street in downtown Kansas, was built in 1908 and is approximately 920 square feet. The Kansas Family Medical Center provided healthcare services in the building for 19 years, from 1996 until its closure on March 31, 2015. The clinic staff – Susan Arp, FNP-C, and Carrie VonLanken, LPN – were transitioned to the Paris Family Medical Center following the clinic’s closure.
Kansas Mayor Susan C. Saxton said the village has considered using the newly acquired building to house Village Hall. The current Village Hall is in need of structural repairs caused by bowing bricks in the rear of the building. But if the donated building is not ultimately used for a new Village Hall, the village hopes to attract new businesses to it, she said.
“We plan to maintain the building,” Saxton said. “We don’t want to lose a building downtown.”
Oliver Smith, PCH/FMC president and CEO, hands over the keys to the storefront that once housed the Kansas Family Medical Center to Kansas Mayor Susan C. Saxton. PCH/FMC donated the downtown building to the village of Kansas.