Nashville Clinic Continues Rebound from Tornado Damage

By HCO Staff

NASHVILLE—Neighborhood Health, a non-profit network of 11 Neighborhood Health centers in and around Nashville and Lebanon, has announced the start of construction on renovations to its Eastside Clinic in East Nashville.

In March 2020, the clinic was hit by an EF-3 strength tornado that was fueled by winds of over 160 miles per hour. The roof was ripped off and the entire building flooded. Damage to the clinic displaced its more than 8,100 patients, all of whom had to be seen at one of the other ten clinics. The building’s shell remained empty until renovations began.

The restored 12,000-square-foot building will feature a two-story lobby with stairs, an elevator and a small waiting area. The clinic will have a large patient waiting area and a children’s play nook. Nine exam rooms will be divided into pediatrics, general practice and women’s health, with rooms for labs, vitals and a centrally located nurses’ station. Separate check-in and checkout areas are included in the design to improve patient and visitor flow. There will also be offices for providers, special services and behavioral health.

“We have proudly served the people of Middle Tennessee for more than 44 years without regard to their insurance status or ability to pay,” said Brian Haile, CEO of Neighborhood Health. “Renovating and reopening our East Nashville clinic will allow us to continue advancing our mission and reputation as the largest safety net provider of primary care in Middle Tennessee.”

The clinic renovation is led by IKON Construction, Inc., working in partnership with architectural firm Wold | HFR Design, to redesign the clinic and ensure it meets the community’s needs.

“We’re excited to break ground on this clinic, which is needed now more than ever,” said Dave LeFeve, President and CEO of IKON Construction, Inc. “The renovated facility will bring the community back together with new renovations to the existing site.”

“It’s an honor to work with IKON Construction, Inc. on this important project in our community,” said Ron Franks, principal at Wold | HFR Design. “Our firm prioritizes projects that improve the lives of those in the communities we serve, and we look forward to the renovated clinic serving East Nashville residents for many years to come.”