Thursday, July 31, 2008
New medical building
By SUE WATSON
Early September is the target time for opening of the Alliance HealthCare System Medical Arts Building.
The 24,000 square foot facility is Phase I of three phases of construction of a new medical campus in Holly Springs that will include the medical arts building, a hospital and a health and wellness center. The property is just off Highway 78.
The medical building is the first to be completed with construction of the hospital scheduled to begin in early fall.
Regina Williams, director of Williams Medical Clinic, provided an overview of activities that will take place at the medical building. She said three clinics will be opened within the Alliance Medical Arts Building - the Adult Clinic, the Pediatrics Clinic and the Physicians Group.
The adult clinic will see patients 18 and over and has 20 patient examination rooms.
The pediatrics clinic has six examination rooms. The physicians clinic is equipped for other specialties such as cardiology, urology, nephrology, and gastroenterology.
The pediatric clinic will have two waiting rooms, one for those who are sick and another for those well, she said.
Nine physicians are expected to work at the clinics and will have their own office wing.
Some features to assist patients in getting easy and personal service include a modern lobby at the entrance that will look and feel more like a hotel lobby, Williams said.
Patients will fill out their paperwork in private rather than standing at a window in the lobby. The clinic has two rooms for assisting patients with filling out their forms before they go to the examination room to see the doctor.
A new design is in use at the clinic to help patients relax and to guide them through the complex from waiting room to examination room and back to the lobby. Cool and warm pastel colors - the Sun Dial System - are used throughout the building and are conducive to relaxation. Wall colors range from sky blue (periwinkle) to pastel green to coral (pink).
Color-coded tile is used to help clients navigate their way through the various hallways to their rooms. Burgundy colored natural birch doors are throughout the building.
Some other features of the building include laboratories, x-ray rooms, a break room, a large medical records area, and the emergency room at the rear of the building.
Donald Strider, project manager for Phoenix Construction, said he is shooting for a phased move-in in early September. He expects the transition from the Williams Clinic to the Alliance Medical Building to take about a week. Service to patients will not be interrupted, he said.
Perry Williams, administrator of the Alliance Healthcare System, said he expects to move the Emergency Room from the hospital to the clinic when the clinic opens or soon thereafter.
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