CLEMSON — Baptist Easley Hospital held a slightly different event as opposed to a ribbon cutting to begin the last stages of construction of a new office for Clemson Neurology by holding a “Beam Signing.”
Members of the Baptist Easley board of directors, staff, and guests assembled June 14 in Clemson’s Patrick Square to dedicate a facility that “should make quite a difference” in Clemson.
The state-of-the-art building will replace the current Clemson Neurology locations in Clemson and Easley and will be staffed with two neurologists, Dr. George Baxley and Dr. Jerry Sherrill, and four nurse practitioners.
The beam, signed by those in attendance, will become part of the finished building and be permanently on display.
Chris Hodge, manager of Town Center for Patrick Square, was excited at what the new office will offer residents and the change it can make in their lives.
“This is a major project for us and the residents. It is definitely filling a need when it comes to medical care and will also create jobs and be a boost to the local economy,” Hodge said. “This is much more convenient as well because now those who have had to drive to places like Greenville to see a doctor may be able to do that right here and will definitely help on the weekends.”
The office will offer services not available to Patrick Square residents presently, such as neurology, primary care, eye care, and cardiology.
Clemson Neurology will support local orthopedists by offering neuromuscular testing (EMG) for people with neuromuscular disease. It will also provide brain wave testing (EEG) for patients with diagnoses such as epilepsy. Currently, Clemson Neurology only performs sleep studies at Medical Center Powdersville, but this service will now also be offered at Patrick Square.
One of the most important additions the new Clemson Neurology will bring is the expanded availability of therapy services for Pickens County patients needing rehabilitative services — including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and balance/gait analysis. These services will help primary care practitioners keep patients on the road to recovery, by lowering their patients’ risk of falling.
More primary care is needed throughout the state, and the need is particularly high in Pickens County. A primary care office will be located on the second floor of this Patrick Square location to help provide care for people in the Clemson and Pickens County communities.
This will be a full-service office, with radiology and lab services, that places a strong emphasis on screening and prevention. For the convenience of people in our community, this new location will also have Saturday hours, offering screenings and educational classes, in addition to routine care.
Baptist Easley’s foundation was a driving force behind the project contributing some $300,000 for the upfit of the facility, including furniture and technology.
Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.