Health: Redmond Regional, SmartCare Medical Group bringing new urgent care centers to East Rome, West Rome. Includes video from ceremony, photos, closer look at Shorter Avenue clinic.

Health: Redmond Regional, SmartCare Medical Group bringing new urgent care centers to East Rome, West Rome. Includes video from ceremony, photos, closer look at Shorter Avenue clinic.

Above: Facbeook Live (in black and white?) of the Redmond announcement.

A rendering of the new urgent care center on display at the groundbreaking ceremony off Turner McCall in East Rome on Thursday afternoon. Hometown photo.

Redmond Regional Medical Center broke ground Thursday afternoon for one of two new urgent care centers it is bringing to opposite ends of Rome. The ceremony was held at 1801 Turner McCall Blvd. near Zaxby’s for the East Rome clinic. It turns out all the work being done at the corner of Shorter Avenue and Division Street is the second clinic planned by Redmond and joint venture partner SmartCare Medical Group out of Atlanta.

The urgent care center on Shorter is scheduled to open later this year while the East Rome location — previously home to the Twice the Ice spot — should open in early 2019. Both locations will accept most insurance, self-pay rates and will be open seven days a week, 363 days a year. The hours will be 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on weekends.

We’ll have additional details later this evening. Also, we’ll be joined by representatives from Redmond Regional Medical Center on the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM at 7:40 a.m. Friday.

Background: We do know a little more about the West Rome location.

Two months ago, Hometown Headlines posted this story about an urgent care clinic under way at Shorter and Division. At the time, the names of the joint-venture partners were not disclosed; we now know it is Redmond Regional and SmartCare.  A summary of that article follows:

From Aug. 1: Clearing is under way at the intersection of Division Street and Shorter Avenue across from Rite Aid and Krystal to  make way for what tentatively is called “Rome Urgent Care.” A variety of names appear on the blueprints at the Rome-Floyd Planning Department for the project proposed by Omkar Development out of Bogart in Northeast Georgia. “Cartersville Urgent Care” also is noted in some of the plans. We have not been able to find the company in corporate records searches beyond the basics of name, address and registered agent. But here’s what we do know:

  • Site work, or at least clearing, is under way, attracting the interest of thousands of motorists who pass this intersection each day. (Average daily traffic in this area is estimated at 33,000). It is the no. 1 topic of emails to Hometown Headlines this week.
  • Plans show the campus will have a combined cost of $789,000.
  • The overall size is just under 5,000 square feet.
  • Drawings indicate six exam rooms, two procedure rooms, x-ray and lab rooms, a doctors/nurses station and an 847-square-foot lobby area as well as restrooms, breakroom and other building requirements (electrical, storage and biohazard).
  • Brooks Building Group has the project and we have calls into them as well.
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