Local pediatricians to dedicate new 'child-friendly' offices

December 08, 2003|JOHN T. DAVIS

Passersby on Danville's South Fourth Street who've been wondering what's behind the doors of the big building at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard will get a chance Dec. 14 to take a look inside and help the doctors and staff of Danville Pediatrics dedicate the new structure.

The building, which for a while, at least, looked like a swimming pool because of heavy rains during its construction, consists of a 10,000-square-foot expansion of the old house where pediatricians Dr. Larry Scott and Dr. Russel Goodwin moved their practice in 1978.

Scott opened his practice in Danville in July 1976 in an office in Greenleaf Shopping Center, and Goodwin joined him a year later. Dr. Katie Bright practiced with the pair from 1981 to 1988 when she left to develop a child sexual abuse prevention program at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Scott and Goodwin now have four partners in the practice. Dr. Jonathan Ricker joined them in 1992, Dr. Robert Rettie in 1998, Dr. Kelli Whitt in 2001 and Dr. Jeremy Dickinson in October of this year. All of the physicians are board-certified with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the highest level of certification in their field.


In addition to the six physicians in the practice, a pediatric allergist from Louisville, Dr. Forrest Kuhn, is there two days a week, and Dr. Juan Villafane, a pediatric cardiologist from Louisville, will see patients two days a month, Scott said.

Besides the doctors, Danville Pediatrics has 23 employees, including technicians, schedulers, insurance clerks, record clerks and other staff members.

With a staff of that size, the practice had outgrown the old building.

"We just needed more room," Scott said. "We didn't have enough physical space."

The expanded facility has twice as many examining rooms as the old one, and has a "sick" side and "well" side, each with its own waiting room and examining rooms. The "well" side is for children coming for shots or routine exams, and the "sick" side is for the kids with the sniffles that could spread to others.

Both old and new examining rooms have been redone, and many of them have new "kid friendly" examining tables decorated with colorful, cartoon characters to put the practice's youthful patients in as good a mood as possible during their visit to the doctor. Hanging on the walls in various spots in the building are framed photographs of kids taken by area photographers.

The expanded facility also made room for Dr. Carolyn Moody, a pediatric dentist who moved her practice from next door and now occupies the second floor of the addition.

The original building was constructed in 1842 as a private home and was expanded in 1922. At one time it was known as "Miss Lil's" boarding house. Scott said he's been told that "anybody who was anybody stayed at Miss Lil's when they came to Danville."

Scott said the doctors considered razing the old building and constructing a new one on the site, but architects advised them that because of the soundness of the structure there was no reason to tear it down. Scott said they rejected the idea of building on the bypass because they wanted to stay close to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, which is less than a block away.

Visitors to the building next Sunday won't get to see Miss Lil, but they'll be treated to a dedication ceremony beginning at 2 p.m., which will include a flag-raising by a local Boy Scout troop and songs by the Danville Children's Choir, followed by tours of the new facility.

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