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New clinic spaces opening for patients

ECU Physicians is welcoming patients to a pair of new clinical spaces that promise more space, better parking and more.

A leased building at 517 Moye Blvd. will house several services. Surgery and pharmacy services moved in on the first floor during early October.

Adult and pediatric health care and adolescent medicine, previously housed in Doctors Park, were scheduled to move in to the second floor by early November. The building offers more space, an updated look and better patient access compared to previous clinic sites.

"It is, in fact, designed as a primary care office, which gives us both efficiency and creates a teaching model," said Dr. Dale Newton, professor of pediatrics. The adult and pediatric clinic will grow to approximately 30 exam rooms from 12 and accommodate 10 full-time providers.

Plastic surgery will move to the third floor in late fall, as will dermatology and Mohs surgery.

In the spring, the Department of Family Medicine will move the bulk of its clinical practice into the new Family Medicine Center, nearing completion near Arlington Boulevard.

The new 117,000-square-foot center will have more than 60 exam rooms, plus a pharmacy, laboratory, a geriatric center, better parking and other amenities. Officials expect patient visits to climb by 8 percent from the approximately 46,000 patients seen yearly at the old Family Medicine Center.

The building's geriatric center will have 12 rooms, a covered drive-up area to drop off and pick up patients and more space for families and students. It will provide easy access to radiology, physical therapy, nutrition, pharmacy and other services, unlike the previous site at Physicians Quadrangle.

"With the increase in clinic rooms we will be able to accommodate more learners in the geriatric clinic," said Dr. Irene Hamrick, associate professor of family medicine and director of the geriatric division. "We are currently using the waiting room, which is the largest room in our current clinic, to discuss our research and other geriatric teaching points."

The North Carolina Legislature approved $36.8 million in bonds for the project. The Golden LEAF Foundation also awarded $1 million to the project. Other donations include a $2.5 million gift from the estate of Frances Joyner Monk of Farmville to fund the geriatric portion.