MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A new health care facility is about to go up in Montgomery. Officials broke ground Tuesday on the new River Region Healthcare at the corner of Cherry and Putnam streets. It's an example of a community stepping forward, using the blessings of it's past.
A leap of faith is becoming a reality. "Moving forward," said Nicolette Russell, a Lister Hill Clinic patient, "been a patient...for about 20 years."
Lister Hill will close when the new, two-story, 50,000 square foot, $15 million center opens. The 40 people who work at Lister Hill will transfer to the new facility along with the patients
"We are a compassionate center...we care about the patients. We don't just care about the type of disorder they may have, diseases. We care about the whole individual," said a worker.
The location of the new center, just a block away from Jackson Hospital though still on the hospital's campus, is no coincidence. The intent behind the new clinic is to keep emergencies only in the ER, to keep non-emergencies out and to treat everyone who needs it regardless of their income or insurance.
"If you have a headache, stomach ache...bleeding from the knee" is it a true emergency or something to go to the doctor?
It's not only care for everybody, it's care for the whole body. "We take care of the patient from their head to the bottom of their feet."
"I go to the podiatrist and my children go there," said Nicolette.
If great healthcare is at the heart of a great community, Nicolette says it only goes up from here. "It's just exciting to see."
Construction will start in the next 4 to5 weeks and should be completed in about a year. It will create over 130 jobs, including construction and clinical.