Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama are seeing something of a surge in new medical offices — be they primary care, immediate care or urgent care. And while almost all are from the traditional players in the regional — Redmond Regional Medical Center has two and one each for Floyd and Cartersville Medical Center — there’s a new player on the way to Cartersville.
It is a part of a trend to increase both service locations as well as less expensive options to the emergency room. Plus, with extended weekday and weekend hours, it gives patients more options to medical care.
Here’s a look at what’s happened in recent months in our region:
Redmond’s double play in Rome: A lot of eyes opened up Thursday afternoon as Redmond Regional announces its plans to open two urgent care centers on opposite ends of Rome. While the ceremonial ground breaking was held at the East Rome site at 1801 Turner McCall Blvd., work continued at the West Rome location at Shorter Avenue and Division Street. That office — more than 5,000 square — should open by year’s end. The East Rome location will be a near clone of that office and is due in early 2019. Each construction project is valued at close to $800,000 and will feature six exam rooms, two procedure rooms, x-ray and lab rooms, a doctors/nurses station and a lobby. Redmond is in a joint venture with SmartCare Medical Group out of Atlanta on both locations. Earlier update
Two separate offices in Cartersvlle: In late August, it was announced SmartCare also was partnering with Cartersville Medical Center for a similar-sized urgent care center on Main Street between Starbucks and Main Street Marketplace (new Kroger). It is expected to open by early to mid spring. Cartersville Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center are both part of HCA. The company has worked with SmartCare in the Gwinnett County region as well.
Also in Cartersville, a newcomer is close to opening a clinic. The former home of Los Reyes Mexican Restaurant at 122 N. Morningside Drive has been split with 60 percent of the redefined space going to Peachtree Immediate Care and another to be named later. Peachtree has an extensive network in metro Atlanta with the nearest office in Acworth with almost 20 offices in all. It has a partnership with Emory Healthcare Network as well.
Floyd’s growing push into Alabama: Another example is Floyd Primary Care’s new Piedmont office, opening Monday at 32 Roundtree Drive. Farrah Gardner, FNP-BC, will provide care. Operating hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time), Monday through Friday. (Recent ribbon cutting to the left).
Floyd already offers Primary Care Services in Centre, Ala., Rome, Adairsville, Cartersville, Calhoun, Cedartown, Rockmart, Summerville and Taylorsville.
Other medical expansion the past 10 months:
- In May, Harbin Clinic’s Family Medicine & Pediatrics Adairsville office premiered at 115 N. Central Ave. just off U.S. 41 north of the Ga. 140 intersection. The campus includes more than 10,000 square feet under roof with plenty of room to grow.
- Last December, Gordon Hospital Adairsville Family Medicine, Northwest Georgia Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, PT Solutions opened on Ga. 140 between U.S. 41 and the I-75 interchange with more than 12,000 square feet.