07/26/17 – Granite Falls gains medical options

Posted on: July 27th, 2017 by admin

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July 26, 2017

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The opening of Caldwell UNC Health Care’s new medical park in Granite Falls allowed room to double the number of doctors the Caldwell UNC system has in Granite Falls, and that already is having an impact.

 

Ginessa Morales, a practice manager with Caldwell UNC Health Care, said that the new RiverCrest Medical Park has six doctors, up from three at Falls Medical Park, and is taking on new patients.

 

“With less and less providers taking new patients, we get anywhere from 10-20 new patients a week,” she said. “It is great to be able to provide care from birth and on.”

 

RiverCrest opened July 10, but Caldwell UNC waited until Tuesday for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to show it off to some local officials. An open house for the public is being planned for sometime in the fall.

 

The new facility, near the Granite Falls Walmart, houses family medicine and internal medicine providers and a PLUS Urgent Care clinic that were all previously at the Falls Medical Park a little bit north on U.S. 321.

 

Laura Easton, president and CEO of Caldwell UNC, said this is just the first phase of expansion in Granite Falls. More services will open in the building in early 2018, and she hopes to hold a ground-breaking early next year for an adjacent building that will be a free-standing surgery center specializing in orthopedic ans spinal surgeries.

 

“So, this is just a start, but day one we doubled. I think a year down the road we will have an even greater depth of services,” she said.

 

The new building is 24,000 square feet, of which Caldwell UNC will use only about 15,000 square feet. Flagship Healthcare Properties out of Charlotte will recruit other medical businesses to fill the rest.

 

Caldwell UNC will now use Falls Medical Park to focus on women’s and children’s services, similar to Laurel Park Women’s Health in Lenoir, Easton said.

 

“We’ve been at the Falls Medical Park in Granite Falls for about 15 years. We have a big pediatric practice there and women’s services is growing there, so we were running out of space,” she said.

 

By Jordan Davis, (Lenoir) News-Topic

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