Clinic should be open by end of year

Construction of the new Susan B. Allen Immediate Care Clinic is visible to motorists along W. 7th St. and if things continue to go well, the Clinic should be open by the end of the year.

Gene Kimble, Director of Marketing for Susan B. Allen says things are looking good so far. “Health Facilities Group and Hutton Construction have been working together with us well on this project, and things are moving along very smoothly,” said Kimble. “We’re just happy to see the building taking shape, and we are looking forward to providing services to the community towards the end of the year.”

Debra Klecker, APRN, was recently hired by Susan B. Allen as the Director of the Immediate Care Clinic. She will be responsible for the administrative functions of the Clinic, as well as serving as one of the medical providers. Debra has more than 10 years experience working in immediate care and primary care settings, as well as intensive care, dialysis, nursery and neonatal intensive care as a nurse.

“We are in the process of creating policies and procedures for the Immediate Care Clinic, as well as purchasing needed equipment and hiring staff,” said Klecker. “The end of the year will be here very quickly, and we’re pleased with the progress that has taken place so far.”

The Immediate Care Clinic will provide primary care medical services to the general public - without appointments. Primary care would include things like fevers, rashes, ear infections, headaches, and minor lacerations or injuries. The facility will have x-ray and basic laboratory services on site. One thing officials want to stress is that the Clinic will not be providing Emergency services.

Although the hours of operation have not been determined as of yet, it is believed the Immediate Care Clinic will be open during afternoon and evening hours during the week, and they will also hold weekend and holiday hours.

In addition to the Immediate Care Clinic services, Susan B. Allen has designed the facility to include space for Specialty Clinic services – where specialty physicians whose services are not currently available in Augusta can hold office hours. These clinics might be provided once a week or once every two weeks, depending on the physician’s current practice and availability.

“We’re excited about the response we’ve heard so far about the new Clinic,” said Kimble. “When we joined the Vision Augusta program back in 2009, the need for this type of service was one of the first things that came up with leaders in Augusta. Once we announced the plan last year, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. We’re looking forward to becoming a larger part of the Augusta and surrounding community.”