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New hospital proves to be beneficial for south Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Dirt is being pushed aside to make way for a healthcare complex aimed at providing services to people in south Columbus.

"Thirty thousand square feet of new space I believe that it may be an anchor for the Southside revitalization," said CEO Sarah Lang. 

The federal government is paying for the project; the new facility will replace the existing Valley Healthcare System on 13th street. Funded by the Affordable Health Care Act developers say it will bring a hundred new jobs to the area.

"This is a healthcare facility that we feel will provide important healthcare needs for the community," said Lang. 

Valley Healthcare provides medical services at a lower cost than other major medical offices. Vernita Chatman is one of the hundreds of people who go to Valley for regular doctor visits. She says the center caters to her fixed income.

"I don't have any medical insurance or I'm not on medical or anything so therefore the discounted prices are good because they go by your wages," Chatman said.

The new complex will offer traditional medical and dental services. Lang says that new state of the art medical technology will also be available - like telemedicine. "We can have a patient remain in their community but have a real time visit with a specialist in another community maybe even in California."

Contractors say the project is expected to be complete by March.

For patients like Vernita Chatman March can't come soon enough. "My payments are $30 dollars or less per visit that beats a lot out of paying $100 dollars and something per visit."

Valley Healthcare CEO Sarah Lang says the new complex will mark the beginning of a new stronger south Columbus.

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