MAYTOWN — Several dignitaries joined around 250 people over the weekend, to celebrate the opening of Beaver Creek Veterinary Hospital.
The facility, which officially opened Oct. 15, is a vast improvement over previous offices, said Dr. Shawn Tussey. The new hospital includes four exam rooms, an isolation room, ultrasound, digital radiography, state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, a sterile surgery and 22 cages, among other improvements.
“We’re far ahead of where we were before,” Tussey said.
The former clinic, located in Wayland, had its share of problems, not the least of which was a deteriorating building. Tussey said the old clinic had problems with the walls and floors and was difficult to keep clean.
“We stayed open on a wing and a prayer,” Tussey said of the hospital’s old digs.
On Saturday, Tussey and staff held a celebration at the new hospital, which is located at 77 Turkey Creek Road, in the old Maytown Church of Christ building.
During the open house, there were free pony rides offered by Revelation Ranch Equestrian Ministries; out of Letcher County, reptile petting by Captain Ron’s Animal Emporium, out of Auxier; animal adoptions, by Dumas Rescue, out of Hueysville; a cutest pet contest, sponsored by SNOOP; and entertainment by the Revelation Ranch drama team and numerous gospel performers.
Attending the event were Judge-Executive R.D. “Doc” Marshall, Magistrate Hattie Owens and representatives of the state Economic Development Cabinet, which along with Mountain Association for Community Economic Development and the Southeastern Kentucky Economic Development Corporation assisted Beaver Creek with obtaining financing for the new facility.
Prior to a ribbon-cutting for the hospital, Tussey thanked all the people and agencies who helped make the opening possible, as well as everyone who attended. He added that the hospital’s ability to overcome numerous obstacles in order to open the facility was evidence of a higher power at work.
“It’s just a blessing from the Lord, the way it came about,” Tussey said. “I give Him all the credit for it.”