University Hospital purchased more than 6 acres in Grovetown for a new facility. (WRDW-TV / March 20, 2012)
News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, March 20, 2012
GROVETOWN, Ga. -- It's a hospital with roots in Augusta and Columbia County, but now University Hospital is looking to grow in Grovetown, bringing emergency care closer to your family.
Grovetown is one of the fastest-growing local cities and a lot of businesses are taking notice. Just last month, University Hospital purchased more than 6 acres in Grovetown.
They're hoping to leave their mark on the Gateway by expanding medical services and giving people like you more options when it comes to health care.
"That would be wonderful. There are some wonderful opportunities in Grovetown. It's growing by leaps and bounds. People need a closer place to get medical care," said Janet Ritchey of Harlem.
University Health Inc. bought the land next to the Gateway Walmart. It's a growing area with new businesses popping up left and right.
"It's just really something to be excited about having come here," Ritchey said.
No timeline is in place just yet for the $900,000 property, but University Hospital says they couldn't ignore the census numbers that more folks are moving to Grovetown. Each new business means more jobs.
"Being a person about to graduate, it's nice to see that there are jobs coming here," explained radiological technician Monica Shepard.
With very few outpatient services in the area, University is hoping to fill a need and give people more options away from downtown Augusta.
"Working in the medical industry you see people so much coming from Thomson and from all over the place just to go and certain procedures done and things like that," Shepard said.
And it sounds like they've already got patients ready to go.
"If I could get medical care closer to home ... that's where I'd go," Ritchey said.
Again, no timeline here just yet, only looking into the future. There are other projects coming to the Gateway in the next few years, including both county and commercial projects.
University's board also recently approved buying 40 acres near Thomson with hopes of building a new hospital in McDuffie County.