Central Ozarks Medical Center has received the go-ahead to construct a new 12,000-square foot health clinic estimated to be a $3.5-million investment to an undeveloped property on N. Business Route 5.

The prospects of creating a centralized medical and dental park for the Camdenton community appears to be taking another step forward.

Central Ozarks Medical Center has secured enough funding and received the go-ahead to construct a new 12,000-square foot health clinic estimated to be a $3.5-million investment to an undeveloped property on N. Business Route 5, according to City Administrator Jeff Hancock.

COMC plans to have an initial information meeting for contractors on December 14 before a bid opening on January 25, 2018 at local chamber of commerce offices. COMC officials recently provided the city with renderings of the planned structure from the outside.

Located by the Camden County Health Department, a Lake Regional clinic, Medical Missions For Christ and a dental clinic, the new clinic will replace COMC’s current clinic which has operated on W. US-54 since 2014 with plans to be sold. The Richland-based provider founded in 1979 has also operated a clinic in Osage Beach since 2001.

The clinic intends to offer medical, dental and behavioral services, while adding an additional physician, two dentists, a dental hygienist and another behavior therapist to its current Camdenton staff that includes one physician and two nurse practitioners.

The federally qualified health center is a non-profit organization with a board of directors with clinics that provide health care services regardless of ability to pay by offering sliding scale pricing and minimum fee charges.

According to COMC, in 2015 its three clinics provided health care services to 11,231 patients which included 34,377 medical visits, 7,311 dental visits, and 366 mental health visits.

In October 2016, the Camdenton Board of Alderman unanimously approved a request to create a minor subdivision of 4.2-acres at the site so COMC could purchase the property from Shirrel and Nancy Duncan who own 36.8-acres of land located between N. Business Route 5 and State Highway 5.

On May 4, 2016, COMC announced it had received a $1-million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services for construction costs as well as a $250,000 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to purchase four dental operatories for the new facility.

Just over a month later, on June 16, 2017, COMC announced it had received an additional grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for $350,000 in annual funding for dental staffing.

In March 2017, the company received approval for a rezoning request for a half-acre of the property that was initially zoned R-2 Residential and changed to C-2 Highway Commercial.

The rezoning application indicated COMC had engaged with Ireland Architects out of Springfield for the design phase of the project.