New Mercer clinic in Macon | News
Mercer University's school of Medicine opened a new clinic on Martin Luther King Boulevard.
It's in the building that used to be home to the former Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
"Coming [to] downtown is an exceptional opportunity for us. The ease of access, the visibility...it's all important," said Dr. William Bina, the medical school's dean.
He says this building will provide services which include cardiology, endocrinology, and even sleep medicine.
"Our practice over the last 20 years has been in multiple locations across the city, and in various hospitals," said Bina, Friday, "This allows us to bring all the physicians into one place."
The museum closed in 2011, and the medical school bought the facility one year later.
It's been under renovation for the past two years.
The new practice is the medical school's sixth and largest medical office building.
"We're just able to provide more services because we have a big referral base within the building," Evan Haskins, a technologist, "Specialty pre-Op procedures...the kind of thing that maybe can't be done at a doctor's office, they refer to a cardiologist here for further testing."
The facility also provides clinical training to the university's medical students.
All 25 doctors at the practice are either professors or clinical instructors for the medical school.
Dr. Ajay Srivastava, a kidney doctor and assistant professor. says teaching is just as important as providing care.
"It allows us the availability to not only try to improve the standard of care, but we also teach future doctors. That's huge," he said.
The clinic is currently open..and has been seeing patients since the end of June.
Dr. Bina says the practice is looking to add more doctors in the next few months.