Construction is expected to get underway next month at the Fayette Medical Center on Main Street when an expansion project begins.
When completed in December, the facility will feature two additional examination rooms, an expanded office area and parking in both the front and rear.
In addition, the Fulton County Health Center’s laboratory draw station will have a new location with a separate entrance.
Steve McCoy, director of marketing and planning for Fulton County Health Center (FCHC), responded to rumors that the adjacent home formerly owned by the Nyce family would be demolished in the renovation project. The house and property are owned by FCHC.
“No decision has been made on the house,” he said.
A two-car garage will be converted and used as part of the renovated facility, and demolition of the house was considered in order to provide additional parking.
Expansion of the building can go on whether or not the house remains, McCoy said, but there would be fewer parking spaces if the house were left standing.
“These renovations will help us meet the growing medical needs of the Fayette area,” said E. Dean Beck, FCHC administrator. “With the addition of Dr. Jennifer Schweitzer-Ahmed and our plan to add another full-time physician to the Medical Center in the near future, we needed to expand the facility to meet the growing health needs of the Fayette area.”
Rupp/Rosebrock Construction will coordinate the renovations that will provide a handicap-accessible entrance, updated exam rooms and an improved medical records system.
Renovation work will be done in phases to allow the facility to remain open.
Dr. Schweitzer-Ahmed began serving at the clinic on an interim basis after Dr. Ronald Music left last December.
“The original intent was for her to cover until a full-time physician came,” McCoy said. “Now she’s officially joined the Fayette Medical Center.”
She aims to remain on staff even if a new physician is hired, McCoy said. The Tinora native is married and is the mother of three children. She has office hours Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. until noon.
“We’ve been actively campaigning for a full-time doctor,” McCoy said, and he believes the renovation could make a difference. “It will help in our recruitment effort.”
Some candidates have remarked that the existing office is too small.