With a turn of the sod Thursday, those dreams became reality.
On the lawn of North Haven Manor the committee, flanked by builders Dennis and Donna Fudge, announced construction of a new private medical clinic will begin next week.
“After hundreds, yes hundreds of meetings, thousands of phone calls, dozens of presentations and two binders of records,” said Concern Citizens representative Wilson Dawe, “I am super pleased today to see our dream coming true.”
The new facility is being touted as state of the art. Lewisporte resident Michael Pearce is the operations manager for the new clinic. Pearce says the goal is to create an environment that caters to everyone.
“We are looking at modern software whereby you can pull up a physician profile at home or cell phone. You can look at available appointment dates, you can book on the Internet, and you’ll get confirmation back and a reminder the day before,” said Pearce “So if you want to phone and make your appointment that’s fine, there will be someone there to answer the phone. But if you’re a bit more technologically savvy, you just pick up your smartphone and do your booking and you have more control over when you get in there.”
The privately funded clinic is not a departure from the norm; the Family Medical Clinic, which has serviced Lewisporte for over 25 years, which is also a private clinic. The build isn’t about competition says Pearce, it is about servicing the community.
“This facility is going to compliment the other facility,” said Pearce. “At the end of the day, we’re hoping to have more physicians in the community. More access to physicians and decrease the number of people in the community who do not have family
“Ultimately it is too augment, enhance and improve what we have.”
Plans for the new clinic also include an on site pharmacy and a walk-in clinic.