Expanded Sentara clinic ready to serve Clarksville

Officials with Sentara, the town of Clarksville, staff, friends and well-wishers were on hand in last Thursday evening for the official opening of the expanded Sentara Clarksville Family Medicine facility. 
With nearly double the space, the expanded clinic will be able to provide a wide ranges of services and specialists so people can get the care they need without leaving the area.
The ambitious project was officially announced early this year when Chris Lumsden, president of Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, told members of the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce about the project to double the size of the existing facility and bring specialists to the area.
At that January meeting, Lumsden told chamber members that when the clinic had first opened in Clarksville 21 years ago the ultimate goal had always been to expand the services offered in Clarksville.
Speaking before the ribbon cutting, Mike Thomas, project manager for Sentara, said the expansion project had gone well.
“It’s been a nice project,” said Thomas. “It’s good for the community. It essentially doubles the clinical space for people to provide more medical care. We’ve added a new radiology room. We had one once upon a time, but it had been taken out. We replaced the equipment, got totally all new radiology equipment, so we can do X-rays and that sort of thing.”
According to Thomas, the new section of the facility features a dozen exam rooms which will be used for the existing medical practice. The older section will be fitted for use by specialists providing new services such as orthopedics and cardiology.
According to Thomas, the project, which had been scheduled to open on Oct. 1, was actually opened during the final week of September, on schedule and on budget.