A family practice and urgent care center is the newest way CaroMont Health
plans to bring services to Gaston County.
Next month, the health care system will start construction on a new site
at 1801 Hoffman Road across from Hoffman Village shopping center, which
houses Lowes Foods and Hickory Tavern.
South Gaston’s CaroMont Family Medicine, now located on Riverwood
Parkway, will move into the new building with CaroMont Urgent Care, an
entirely new practice.
“It expands access points for health care to meet the growing needs
of the community with intentional interest in helping people get and stay
healthier,” Craig Dunker, vice president of practice management,
said in a release about the project.
A focus on prevention is driving modern medical trends toward wellness
to prevent chronic conditions and avert pricey emergency room visits.
When he took over as CaroMont’s CEO in 2012, Randall Kelley was clear
about his goal of providing proactive instead of reactive care for patients.
“We’re going to have to become centers of wellness,”
he said at the time.
CaroMont says an urgent/family care practice can offer lower costs.
Putting the two together also streamlines the process of pointing patients
toward a primary care doctor.
The method helps keep patients within the CaroMont health care system in
a competitive market that includes the state’s largest such company,
Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare.
Two CaroMont locations in Mecklenburg County area are already operating
under the new plan.
CaroMont Family Medicine and CaroMont Urgent Care in Mountain Island operated
until last year as the CliC immediate care clinic. The Steele Creek office
also opened last year.
The local family-practice-meets-urgent-care plan evolves from input a South
Gaston group got from patients, CaroMont said. The practice formed an
advisory group in 2012 to discern patient needs.
Unique to the Hoffman Road center will be space for a case management team
that includes dietitians, a social worker and a pharmacist.
CaroMont Family Medicine Drs. Aaron Brown, Todd Hansen and Kimberly Jordan
will continue to see patients after the move. Dr. Crystal Bowe will join
the team in late summer.
On the urgent-care side, patients get quick attention for routine health-care
issues 12 hours a day without an appointment.
The practices will share a community room where CaroMont will promote health