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Healthcare expands in Mitchell County

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

CAMILLA, GA (WALB) - Some south Georgians now have better access to healthcare.

Archbold Memorial Hospital and Mitchell county hospital held a grand opening of a new medical facility today.

People in the area say it shows how far healthcare has come, especially in rural regions. They say they're thankful they can get quality healthcare so close to their homes.

For the McKenzies, the new Medical Group of Mitchell County is more than just a fancy building. It's an opportunity to receive quality health care...just 5 minutes from their home.

"It's amazing how far they've come."

Buddy McKenzie has lived in Camilla 71 years. He's witnessed first-hand how healthcare has evolved, especially in rural areas.

"Before we'd have to go to Thomasville, or Albany, or other surrounding we get it here and it's so much more convenient," said McKenzie.

Now that convenience is in the form of Mitchell County Hospital and Archbold Memorial Hospital's new facility in Camilla.

"I tell you what in today's economy you here all about bad news, and fortunately for Mitchell County Hospital we're able to expand into a new facility today. It's a 2.5 million dollar project. We're consolidating our primary care services as well as our specialty care services here," said Mark Kimball, Administrator of Mitchell County Hospital.

The 9200 square-foot facility has 15 exam rooms, all equipped with the latest technology. Physicians working here say they're thrilled to provide their patients with the best.

"I've always had encouraging words spoken to me from the community because they are so thankful. You know there are a lot of towns like Camilla that really have no medical care with 30-40 miles and people here are just so thankful," said Physician and Chief of Staff Stephen Rubendall.

And patients hope the facility will keep the doctors they love, here.

"And hopefully it will be more attractive to more doctors too. Not only the ones we already have but more attractive to doctors coming to the community," said McKenzie.

Meaning the future of medicine in Mitchell county, looks bright. Feedback

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