Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 8, 2014

Four-business medical plaza brings 80 jobs to McDowell County

WELCH — A new medical plaza has created about 80 jobs for McDowell County.

The old H.C. Lewis Oil Company building in Welch has been converted by a group of private doctors into a four-business medical plaza. The 12,000-square-foot structure is currently occupied by Marden Physical Therapy, American Medical Supplies and Family Health Care Associates Inc. Princeton Radiology Services, a division of Princeton Community Hospital, will open at the medical plaza later this month.

“We are a private group of doctors and we’ve been in business for 28 years,” Dr. Sam Muscari said. “It is my two sons, myself and Dr. Anthony Flaim. We have offices in Pineville, Oceana, Mann, Gilbert and now Welch. We practice in doctor shortage areas in rural health clinics.”

Three of the four businesses in the medical plaza are now open.

“We’ve had no government money involved with the purchase of and the remodeling of the building,” Muscari said of the old oil company site at Coney Island. “It is approximately 12,000 square feet under roof with ample parking. We have approximately 80 employees with our four offices.”

Muscari said the group hopes to provide positive medical services to the citizens of McDowell County.

“We do only doctor shortage areas, and we are a local business,” Muscari said. “We are very receptive to the area. We are from southern West Virginia.”

Muscari, who has been in practice for 51 years, said his grandson, Nick Muscari, has just completed his residency at Bluefield Regional Medical Center and will be joining the medical practice in Welch.

The new medical plaza, and the 80 jobs it has created, is welcomed, according to Peni Adams, director of the McDowell County Economic Development Authority.

“It is four different businesses,” Adams said. “They renovated the building with those four in mind. It is something great happening.”

— Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com

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