BRASELTON - In an effort to make medical care closer to Braselton residents' front doors, the Northeast Georgia Health System has expanded its Braselton clinic.
Although the clinic located at 5737 Thompson Mill Road originally opened its doors in February 2006, Katie Dubnik, a Northeast Georgia Medical Center spokeswoman, said the need for more space was quickly apparent.
With the goal of being able to house more doctors and offer more services, Dubnik said construction for a 4,320-square-foot expansion began approximately nine months ago.
The new space nearly doubled the previously 6,556-square-foot building to nearly 11,000 square feet when finished.
The original clinic remained open while construction was completed. The expansion was finished this month, and doctors and staff began using the new space Monday.
Dubnik said the additional space allows for more exam rooms for doctors who rotate through the clinic part time, a larger treatment room for rehabilitation and the expansion of the more imaging services, including mammograms and X-rays.
"This enables us to offer more imaging and other services on site and serve people closer to their homes," said Debbie Duke, director of Imaging Services for Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Dr. James Jackson, an internist and medical director of the clinic, said the new space allows doctors to better serve their patients. He said some days nearly 100 patients pass through the clinic.
"This just really allows us to expand the services," Jackson said. "We've been fortunate to have the doctors we have and now we have a space for them. This new space also is really just to accommodate our patients."
Jackson said the majority of the patients using the clinic's services come from within a 10-mile radius, including the Gwinnett, Barrow, Jackson and south Hall areas.
In the future, Jackson said the clinic hopes to house specialists in nephrology and rheumatology.