The move is complete.
University Health Care System's Prompt Care center is officially open on Belair Road, just a few months after hospital officials announced the move.
Angeline Mazur has her blood pressure checked by registered nurse Carla Cato during the open house for the new Prompt Care facility on Belair Road.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
"We had a lot of good cooperation from everyone," said Cindy Lunsford, University's vice president for community services. "Our staff has just been tremendous."
The new building is more than twice the size of the old one at Flowing Wells and Columbia roads. The new center has 14 exam rooms - double the old number.
"You might think an interior decorator did this," Ms. Lunsford said, pointing to various flower arrangements. "But the staff did this. They wanted it to look good for Columbia County."
There's also a new X-ray center.
"It's so new, they just finished putting it in yesterday," said Jon Brooks, a nurse, during an open house Thursday.
The center opened in January 1992 at the corner of Flowing Wells and Columbia roads. During the next nine years, traffic increased dramatically at the intersection, and the Georgia Department of Transportation decided to widen the road.
"When they widen Flowing Wells Road, most of our parking lot was going to be gone," Mr. Brooks said.
The center serves about 20,000 patients a year - an average of 53 a day. It's open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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