Nearly 40 percent of neighborhood children use ER for care

A former elementary school on Woodside Avenue in the West Greenville area will soon have new life as a much-needed medical clinic, the new Center for Pediatric Medicine West.

With the majority of children in the area are on Medicaid, West Greenville is in need of a health care provider, said Tom Moran, Greenville Health System’s University Medical Center Clinics director.

“We’ve been trying to get services in this area,” he said.

Renovation on the former school, most recently a heating and air business, will include creation of 10 exam rooms, Moran said. The 5,000-square-foot clinic will house three providers, a combination of doctors and nurse practitioners. An asthma educator and care manager will also work at the clinic, Moran said.

An estimated 35 percent of children in the area are now using the hospital emergency room for healthcare, and the new clinic will offer a better alternative, he said. “We’ve really struggled to find a place over here, and it’s finally coming to fruition.”

Approximately 12,000 to 15,000 patient visits are estimated yearly for the new location, Moran said.

“When we looked at where our patients at the Center for Pediatric Medicine were traveling from, we noted a large number from the West Greenville area,” said Dr. Kerry Sease, GHS medical director of community child health and advocacy. “Our goal at GHS Children’s Hospital is to take excellent care of children as close to home as possible, and we are excited to increase health access to this underserved population.”

In addition, a doctor will visit the nearby Legacy Charter School once a month and a nurse practitioner will be at the school once a week, Moran said. Telemedicine will also be available, he said. 

To make the clinic even more effective, Moran said organizers want to involve community leaders to learn “how we can make a clinic like this work in the neighborhood.” Moran said he expects renovations to be completed by December.

Other Centers for Pediatric Medicine are located in Travelers Rest and Cross Creek off Faris Road in Greenville.

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