TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Chipping away at concrete blocks, construction workers were laying the foundation for Tift Regional's $22 million musculoskeletal center.
"More inviting for patients as they come in, more welcoming. It will be easier to access," said Chris Efaw, Tift Regional Medical Center Outreach & Development VP, it sits at the crossroads of Highway 41 and Interstate 75.
The three-story, 80 thousand square foot building will have all the bell whistles of an ambulatory setting.
"A patient will be seen by an orthopedic surgeon may have surgery at our main campus," remarked Efaw, then they'll be referred to a physical therapy service.
"Instead of having to bounce back and forth to these various location," explained Efaw.
They will now be in one facility.
But that's not the only addition.
"Around this detention pond, we'll have a walking trail," Efaw showcased, so local residents like Michael Bartenfeld can come get their exercise.
"We didn't know that it was going to be open to the public so now that we know we can come here, we'll definitely be here," said Bartenfeld.
He used to walk his dog where the pond now sits.
"We were kind of disappointed because we thought we lost our walking spot," remarked Bartenfeld.
But once it's finished, he plans to walk at least once a day.
Tift Regional also worked with the neighborhood group to make sure they're weren't any disturbances.
Efaw received questions like "will there be sirens, will there be a lot of high traffic?"
The answers are no! No emergency room, and no sirens.
Tift Regional staff said the musculoskeletal center will be ready by spring 2018.