PrimeCare Express introduces Thomasville facility
A crowd of city and county officials gathered Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new PrimeCare Express medical facility opened by Novant Health in front of the Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center this week.
The facility will offer care for minor medical issues, also deferring some of the overcrowding in the emergency room of the hospital, located just a couple hundred yards from the PrimeCare Express.
"This was opened up with a better opportunity to provide occupational medical services to the companies in Davidson County and the Thomasville area," said Dr. Sloan Manning, medical director of all Novant Health PrimeCare sites. "We also wanted to supply services for acute, minor medical needs, so we'll have both sitting alongside each other."
The Thomasville location is the second PrimeCare opening this year, as a sister Lexington facility was opened in March. Doug Croft, president of the Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce, said PrimeCare Thomasville will be a valuable asset to the community and yet another indication that Thomasville is becoming a destination for investors.
"Novant, which is significant in our community, continues to invest," Croft said. "[The hospital] has been a leader for a long time, and Novant as a company has invested maybe more than anybody over the last decade. They offer technical jobs, high-tech equipment, it's all these things we talk about."
Croft also sang the praises of the medical team, even adding that his family has already made use of their services earlier in the week. The facility's operating hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. It houses on-site laboratory and X-ray services.
Phyllis Clabough, who specializes in occupational health and urgent care, will be the provider stationed at the Thomasville site.
"They had started with a small occupational health clinic and they have expanded," Clabough said. "For a number of years now, I think Thomasville has had limited service in the occupational health and urgent care within its city property. Individuals have been having to go outside of [the city] a lot, and now the business is being brought back home.
"As dollars come into this community, they are paid out to employees in the community and to services in the community, so it's almost a win-win for everybody."
For more information about the facility or its services, contact Laura Kennedy at 474-3215.