CORDELE, GA (WALB) - South Georgia' first pediatric urgent care is set to open on Monday, August 8, 2016.
Southwest Georgia Health Care's 28th clinic will operate Sunday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. And will only be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
With the closest ones being in Atlanta and Jacksonville, a pediatric urgent care is a new concept for South Georgia.
Before, many parents were having to take their ill children to the emergency room.
"We typically think of the ER as emergency purposes and not for sore throat, cough and cold, vomiting, and those types of things. I think [the pediatric urgent care] will help out," Clinical Quality Manager Bridget Mosley said.
In addition to treating sick children, the pediatric urgent care will also be able to conduct health checks, sports physicals, and immunizations.
Family Nurse Practitioner Mimi Wright and Dr. Teddi Thornhill are excited to begin working at the clinic.
Wright is from Turner County and is looking forward to serving the kids in her area.
"I think one of the great things about this facility is that we actually serve a 50-mile radius, so that includes Turner County, Cordele, Sylvester, Americus," Wright mentioned.
Thornhill is new to South Georgia, but has been in Pediatrics for several years now.
The staff hopes to make it a comfortable place for children.
"All of the staff is dedicated to working with kids. So, we're silly, we're fun, we'll make your kids comfortable versus going to an adult hospital that just has a separate room for children," Thornhill said.
The clinic accepts all forms of health insurance. Those who are uninsured should bring proof of their total income. They may be eligible to receive up to a $50 discount.
The facility is located at 1007 East 16th Avenue in Cordele.