Norman Park now has its own medical clinic. It's a big step for the small town, and those behind the project are confident it will help residents and boost development.
Folks in Norman Park now have access to healthcare in their city. The Norman Park Family Medicine Clinic opened its doors Friday.
Mayor Bruce Norton says it's revitalizing their small town. "It's not only important medical wise, but to our community. Extra jobs, people coming into town, our downtown development depends on it. It's a little small town like a lot of towns in Georgia and it just means so much to us," said Norton.
And Norton says it's especially meaningful as health care facilities in rural areas have become limited.
Now residents in the town of 1,000 will be able to see a physician in a matter of minutes.
"Most of them have a primary care physician, but it's out of town. It's a drive going to Moultrie, or Tifton or even Albany or Thomasville. Although I won't be their primary care physician, certainly I can take care of a lot of their needs locally," said Matt Gould, a Physician Assistant.
"A lot of aging people can't get in their cars and drive like they could and this will be so convenient for them. It's a full service clinic," said Norton.
Norton says the clinic that's been four years in the making became a reality with the help from Colquitt Regional Medical Center.
"When you have a goal or you have a vision and it comes true, a lot of hard work, a lot of nights you leave home, going to the development authority meeting. And it finally pays off in the end," said Norton.
And supporters believe the payoffs will impact the entire community.
The clinic is located at 139 East Broad Street. It's open from 8am to 5pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to 12pm on Fridays.