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HealthPoint Family Care to open branch in Newport, will bring 45 employees to Saratoga Street location

By Don Owen
NKyTribune reporter

In the next year, residents of Newport will notice another business that is bringing a branch office to the city.

HealthPoint Family Care, which already has offices in Bellevue and Covington, is moving into the property at 10th and Saratoga Street. The Newport Board of Commissioners authorized City Manager Tom Fromme to execute a purchase agreement for the sale of the property on Monday night.

Tom Fromme

“The zoning ordinance was voted last month to be changed from I-1, which is industrial, to R-3, which is residential, and we normally have two readings,” Fromme said, noting there was a delay on the closing on the property and the second reading was tabled for that reason. “There’s not a concern. There are so many moving pieces. There’s the EPA reviewing the property with what’s called Phase I and Phase 2 for environmental issues. So it’s just been a delay. We’re used to that.

“The property owner was just concerned about the zoning reverting back and would the sale possibly fall through, which is a logical concern. But everything is fine now.”

Fromme said the property actually includes three buildings, located at 10th and Saratoga Street and 214-216 Forrest Street. Fromme said the property has been used for a scrap business in recent years.

HealthPoint is a nonprofit healthcare organization that provides adult and pediatric medical, dental, behavioral health, substance abuse treatment, obstetrics and gynecology services. It has locations in Boone, Campbell, Kenton, and Jessamine counties in Kentucky.

The addition of HealthPoint is good news for Newport’s economy as well. “They’ll bring 45 employees with them,” Fromme said. “It’s a significant payroll for Newport.”

Fromme pointed out that HealthPoint will take the existing building and renovate it.

“They will salvage the building, which is a big deal,” he said, noting the location was Newport’s city garage years ago. “If they get on this right away, I’d say it will be about a year from start to finish before they’re in the building and in business.”

HealthPoint offers many services, including prescription drug programs that assist qualified patients to obtain prescriptions at reduced costs through participating pharmacies or free prescription drugs through pharmaceutical company programs. HealthPoint also features school-based dental services and uses portable dental equipment in lower-income schools for children in need.

In other items Monday night:

– Ryan Whaley and Robert Alcock were promoted to the position of engineer/medic in the Fire/EMS department.

– Gabe Maschinot and John Shields received promotions to the positions of lieutenants in the Fire/EMS department.

– Donald Powell was appointed to the position of Patrol Officer, Grade V, in the Newport Police Department effective April 15.

The Newport Board of Commissioners will convene again on April 8 for a caucus meeting. The next regular meeting is scheduled for April 22.

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