2018-08-08 / Front Page

BMC Rural Health Clinic to relocate

DIANA ROYAL

Burke Medical Center’s Rural Health Clinic is making moves that will help in the facility’s expansion.

Last month, BMC announced that Dr. Timothy Young would be joining the clinic as a general practitioner, and this week, hospital administrator Thomas Steiner confirmed the clinic would also be relocated.

The new location, which is owned by the Hospital Authority and located at 301 Jones Ave. in Waynesboro, formerly housed the obstetrics and gynecology practice of Dr. Mark Gresham. Steiner says the location comes with an additional 2,000 square feet of space which makes for better patient flow and offers accommodations for more providers while allowing for future growth as outlined in the clinic’s strategic plan. That plan, Steiner says, includes a retail pharmacy, but first the clinic must qualify for a specific pharmacy program called 340b.

In the meantime, staff is preparing for the move to Jones Avenue, which will begin Aug. 29. Steiner says the clinic will reopen for business on Saturday, Sept. 1.

Jeremy Whitaker, who serves as the clinic administrator, echoed Steiner’s enthusiasm about the relocation, stating that the current space does not provide enough room for patient care when considering the addition of another practitioner. “The new space will provide more lobby space for patient waiting and more assessment and laboratory space,” he said. “Overall, this facility will enable us to provide better care to the underserved population of Burke County.”

Additionally, the clinic will expand weekend hours; beginning Sept. 1, the clinic will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

“This is a good move for the hospital and the clinic because it will enable us to serve our patients more efficiently with less patient waiting, and also decrease the amount of time it takes to get an appointment,” Whitaker went on to say. “We will also have greater capacity to accept walk-in appointments not only on the weekends but on a daily basis as well.”

Rebecca Landrum, who serves as the hospital’s Director of Cardiopulmonary and Risk/Safety Manager, has worked at BMC since the early 80s and has been a big supporter of the clinic since its inception. She cited better parking and the capability to see more patients on a daily basis as pluses for the move. “This has been great for our community,” Landrum said. “We have a clinic open on weekends so you don’t have to miss work or school. This has been needed for years here. We are glad we are able to provide this service.”

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