Willis-Knighton Health System has purchased the vacant Palmetto Country Club property in Benton.
Willis-Knighton President & CEO James K. Elrod confirmed the purchase in an open letter to the citizens of Benton and north Bossier. The letter states that the property will be revitalized to address the health needs of a growing north Bossier community.
“The Palmetto Country Club property affords us an unprecedented opportunity to acquire a tract of land of sufficient size to grow our new campus as community needs evolve,” the letter states. “Seconds count, especially in emergent medical situations, making close access to care vital.”
Palmetto Country Club ceased operations on Dec. 31, 2014. Willis-Knighton plans to preserve the 155-acre park-like property with an expansive green space around the perimeter, featuring benches and a walking trail.
The open letter states that privacy of the adjacent land owners will be respected in planning these recreational opportunities. Willis-Knighton has expressed interest in hearing from area residents regarding service preferences. They will solicit public input in the coming weeks.