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Kelley's Men's Shop building to become women's health center

The historic Kelley’s Men's Shop building located in Charleston will be redeveloped into a doctor’s office practice that will offer a procedure not commonly offered within the state. (WCHS/WVAH)

The historic Kelley’s Men's Shop building located in Charleston will be redeveloped into a doctor’s office practice that will offer a procedure not commonly offered within the state.

Dr. David Patton, an OB-GYN, purchased the building two weeks ago.

Patton’s business manager, Nathan Kelly, said turning the Kelley’s building into a practice came as an idea three years ago. In the last year, Patton and his employees began working to make it a reality. It will be a multimillion dollar project once it’s completed.

"Have the ability for women to come in get the exam done, if they need a mammogram, get that done and if they have any minor aesthetic procedures, they will be able to do that as well in the office," Patton said.

Kelly said Patton sent letters out nearby businesses to alert them of the business plan. Kelly said the building's location is perfect for a practice because it’s close to the Women and Children’s Hospital, making it an easy commute for Patton to deliver a baby. Kelly said Patton also liked the idea of being in a historic landmark.

"It's old and it need a lot, and there will be a lot of working going on in there for the next six to nine months," Patton said.

Kelly adds Patton knew he wanted to be a part of the Elk City community when he saw construction at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center and nearby small businesses.

Patton’s office in Charleston is just more than 9,000 square feet and once the building is upgraded and redeveloped, they will have about 37,000 square feet. The goal for the practice is to be a one-stop shop for women of all ages to get medical treatment.

Kelly said they have a handful of things in the works, including a fertility institute. Kelly said patients currently travel more than three hours to Winston-Salem to the Carolinas Fertility Institute for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). The plan is to hire a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist. Kelly said by opening the WV Fertility Institute, it will provide families not only time, but peace of mind. It won’t be the first IVF office in the state, but Kelly said the plan is to be one of the largest.

Patton has an office located in Charleston near Oakhurst Drive and also practices in Beckley and Madison. Patton’s been in practice for more than 20 years. He was born and raised in Nitro.

"The Kelley's building to me has been a cornerstone of the west side, it's a building you see an you drive down and go to Washington street so we want to make something beautiful right here on the corner," Patton said.

The Kelley’s Men’s Shop is located in Elk City and one concern for Patton’s office was parking, but Kelly said they have that worked out. Their parking lot will be doubled and they will also be able to use the parking lot underneath the interstate.

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