Six Million dollars will ease space issues for Valley Healthcare

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Valley Healthcare in Columbus will be able to serve double the number of patients in the next few years.  They received a $6.2 Million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The money will be used to build a new facility on Ft. Benning Road.  CEO Sarah Lang explained in their buildings now, space is a big problem, "Right now we have a bottle neck. If 20 people come into one of our facilities, it is very cramped.  Patient flow prohibits us from having a quality visit for that patient."

Valley Healthcare will use the money to build a 30,000 square foot facility.  Officials say it will be up and running at the beginning of 2013. They are now in two buildings that total 9,000 square feet.

Deborah Allen moved to Columbus recently and used the affordable health care services.  She said the services are a God-send.  "It is really beneficial for people like me, being unemployed.  If it was not here, I do not know where I would go."

Patients will benefit from extended services in behavioral health and brand new diagnostic services, on-site labs, and a full pharmacy.  Lang said, "If we have one pediatrician, now we can have three.  We have limited expanded hours, now we can have eight."

"Through neighborhood medical services like Valley Healthcare, in the long run, we will see that health care costs will be reduced."

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