2017-05-31 / Front Page

Healthcare Center opening mid-summer

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


East Georgia Healthcare Center will open its Federal Qualified Healthcare Center in Millen mid-summer. The Center is located in the former “Dr. Abreu” building located on E. Winthrope Avenue. 
(Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) East Georgia Healthcare Center will open its Federal Qualified Healthcare Center in Millen mid-summer. The Center is located in the former “Dr. Abreu” building located on E. Winthrope Avenue. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) A Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC) is on track to open here mid-summer.

East Georgia Healthcare Center (EGHC), Swainsboro, will open a facility on E. Winthrope Avenue in the former “Dr. Abreu” building which has been undergoing rehabilitation and construction by Polk Tippens Construction over the past several months.

The Millen Center will offer uninsured and underinsured patient services at reduced rates, dependent upon income and ability to pay.

“We try to eliminate the traditional barriers to obtaining healthcare,” said Peyton Frye, EGHC.

The Millen facility will be the 10th site operated by EGHC, whose service area spans 11 counties from Jefferson to Wayne counties. It features six exam rooms, a large lab and offices for administrative personnel. An outdoor covered parking area has also been constructed to accommodate a 2-exam room medical unit that will facilitate outreach and off-site medical visits.

The employment of some staff members has already taken place and will continue until the facility opens sometime in mid-summer.

“FGHC utilizes cutting edge technology and a patient centered approach to provide the highest quality of healthcare possible,” said Mr. Frye.

“We look forward to serving the residents of the Jenkins County and the surrounding area,” he added.

Funding for the Center is coming from a FQHC grant and a $250,000 appropriation approved in 2016 by the Georgia Legislature.

According to the Georgia Department of Community Health’s website, FQHCs “provide comprehensive services that address the major health care needs of the target population and ensure the availability and accessibility of essential primary and preventive health services, including as appropriate, oral health, mental health, and substance abuse service.

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