Business: Redmond Urgent Care opens in West Rome. Gretchen Corbin among state’s 100 most influential, according to Georgia Trend.

Business: Redmond Urgent Care opens in West Rome. Gretchen Corbin among state’s 100 most influential, according to Georgia Trend.


Redmond Regional CEO John Quinlivan cuts the ribbon, opening the first Redmond Urgent Care location at 601 Shorter Ave. on Thursday. A second one, in East Rome, is under construction. Details below.


The first of two Redmond Regional Urgent Care locations in Rome is now open. The Rome Floyd Chamber held ribbon-cutting ceremonies Thursday morning at the clinic at the intersection of Shorter Avenue and Division Street in West Rome. Redmond is partnering with SmartCare Medical Group on both the West Rome campus and another rising quickly on Turner McCall and East Ninth Street. It should open by midyear. From Redmond:

“Thank you so much to everyone who braved the weather to join us for our ribbon cutting and open house celebration. Redmond Urgent Care is now open in West Rome. Hours:  8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays.  Redmond Urgent Care is an Accredited Urgent Care Center with onsite x-ray and laboratory services, two procedure rooms, and six exam rooms. You can even call ahead to check wait times! 678-369-2792.”

Construction also is under way on Cartersville Medical Center’s urgent care office on Main Street near Main Street Marketplace. Cartersville Medical and Redmond are part of HCA and, again, CMC is teaming with SmartCare Medical Group.

For 29 additional photos from Thursday’s ceremony, please click Redmond Urgent Care.

The media release: On January 3rd, Redmond Urgent Care, in affiliation with Redmond Regional Medical Center, celebrated the ribbon cutting and community open house at their first location in Rome, 601 Shorter Ave. Redmond Urgent Care in West Rome is now officially open to see patients from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. The second Redmond Urgent Care at 1810 Turner McCall Blvd. will open later this spring.

“This is an exciting day for Redmond and the community we serve,” said John Quinlivan, Chief Executive Officer at Redmond Regional Medical Center.  “Redmond has long been known for serving our neighbors with high-quality, compassionate care. With the addition of Redmond Urgent Care, we are able to expand convenient access to our same high-quality care, even closer to where our neighbors live and work.”

Redmond Regional Medical Center joint-ventured with SmartCare Medical Group to develop a frontline retail medical center in the heart of the community providing convenient, high-quality care for non-life-threatening injuries.

“This expansion is about providing a convenient health care solution with an emphasis on quality, patient-focused care. We want to ensure the patients of Redmond Regional can immediately access the network when they need urgent medical care every day, all year long” said Samir Bhatia, CEO of SmartCare Medical Group.

Equipped with x-ray, laboratory services, and more, Redmond Urgent Care is available for medical needs that do not require a visit to the emergency department or in instances when a patient is unable to see their primary care physician. Licensed providers are also available to perform minor procedures like suturing.

With Redmond Urgent Care’s affiliation to Redmond Regional Medical Center, patients seen at Redmond Urgent Care can be easily connected with physicians within the hospital’s network of care should they need to be referred on to see a specialist for a chronic or more acute medical issues beyond the scope of urgent care.

Redmond Urgent Care has met all of the Urgent Care Association of America’s established standards and criteria for quality of patient care, safety, and scope of services.  Redmond Urgent Care has received the Accredited Urgent Care Designation, the highest level of distinction for urgent care centers by the Urgent Care Association of America.

For more information on Redmond Urgent Care, including when to visit an urgent care center, please visit


Congratulations to Rome’s Gretchen Corbin for being named to Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians of 2019: Corbin’s snapshot appears above, straight from the pages of the January edition Georgia Trend (click here for more). Corbin’s star has risen quickly in state dealings, moving from several senior sports in economic development to Community Affairs, the Technical College System of Georgia and currently as president and chief executive officer of the Georgia Lottery.

Hometown’s Natalie Simms wrote a profile of Corbin a year ago this week. The story appears below:

Rome’s Gretchen Corbin took over as the president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corp. last Tuesday.

By Natalie Simms

With a billion-dollar-plus weekend for two of the multistate lotteries’ jackpots, the Georgia Lottery’s President/CEO, Rome resident Gretchen Corbin, didn’t get to ease into her new position. But the driven professional who works as hard both in and out of the office probably likes it that way.

“I’m incredibly blessed to be just one of the many who serve in Georgia,” says Corbin. “And now I have the opportunity to lead this incredible team that just last year returned $1.1 billion to education…that’s our goal…to maximize revenues for HOPE and Pre-K in Georgia by keeping sales up and revenues up so that Georgia students have access to these programs that have been around since 1993.”

The Georgia Lottery has raised more than $19 billion for education since inception with more than 1.8 million student receiving HOPE scholarships and grants and more than 1.6 million 4-year-olds attending lottery-funded Pre-K, says Corbin.

“There is always room to improve. We have an incredible team here at the Georgia Lottery Corp. and sales are good, but it’s my job to keep this team encouraged and going in the right direction,” she says.

Corbin, who grew up in Cedartown, began her career with the Georgia Department of Economic Development as an intern in college and officially joined the staff in 1998. But it was her work for the Rome-Floyd County Olympic Commission in 1996 that made her “fall in love with Rome,” where she’s been a resident for the past 24 years.

She holds a management degree from Clemson University and graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.

Her career has skyrocketed since her time with the Olympics, having served as vice president of Economic Development at the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber and then back to Rome as the Regional Project Manager for Northwest Georgia (part of the economic development). She spent 15 years with the agency, building an impressive resume of statewide roles.

As Division Director for International Operations, she oversaw Georgia’s International Trade Division, International Offices, Protocol Office and the department’s Global Georgia marketing initiative. Later named the Deputy Commissioner of Global Commerce, she led the Global Commerce team to success in locating and expanding companies throughout the state, growing Georgia’s exports and supporting its small businesses.

Corbin oversaw 11 international offices and has marketed Georgia’s workforce, logistics and other business assets around the world. Under her leadership as deputy commissioner for Global Commerce, GDEcD brought nearly 69,000 jobs and over $13 billion in capital investment to Georgia.

Gov. Nathan Deal later appointed Corbin commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs where she was responsible for 65 programs in community infrastructure and development, workforce housing, downtown development and economic development financing. But most recently, Corbin served as the Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia overseeing the 22 technical colleges in the state, including Georgia Northwestern and Chattahoochee Tech.

“I have been able to build upon each position and bring that experience to new roles,” she says. “I had the blessing of working with all the technical colleges in Georgia and the 133,000 students accessing the HOPE scholarship, as well as the Pre-K students from around the state. I am able to take these students’ stories with me…I saw the financial needs and it helps me bring a better understanding of these students to the table. We do keep our eyes on sales and revenues, but more importantly on the students.”

With all her jet-setting around the state and globe in her career, Corbin has made her home in Rome with husband David and their two daughters, ages 16 and 13. She says “balance” is the key to making it all work.

“Just as I have a great team at work, I also have a great team at home,” she says. “I have an incredible team that includes my parents, my husband’s parents and neighbors that all support us and our children…I’m very thankful.”

With her daughters now in 10th and eighth grades, her focus is on their future, even more so now that her role oversees the funding for the HOPE scholarship program.

“My husband and I are very proud of their studies and we want to them and their friends have the opportunity to go to college. We hope they will see the HOPE scholarship but they know they have to study hard to earn the scholarship,” adds Corbin.

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