Waco Family Medicine Launches New $ 51 Million Center | Local News

Designs for a new center began to crystallize when planners sketched out what their new building should provide:

A market area where patients and their families could meet providers of other community services, such as legal services, child nutrition and housing assistance.

An enlarged pharmacy area.

Wide corridors and larger rooms, designed for efficient circulation of patients and medical staff.

Meeting spaces for the community, center staff and medical residents.

Easily accessible entrances designated for customers, employees and deliveries of medical supplies and equipment.

A green space outside for the community and demonstration gardens.

“Then the pandemic struck,” said CEO Griggs.

The coronavirus has significantly diverted local health care resources for all providers in the area, including the two hospitals in Waco, the public health district and the Waco Family Medicine Center.

The center changed its regular operations to deal with COVID-19 cases, helped organize community testing and education efforts, expanded telehealth options, and once a vaccine was ready delivered more of 15,000 doses to residents of Waco and McLennan counties. Griggs, who was part of a city health response team, has become a regular participant in the city’s coronavirus press conferences, sharing the latest medical findings and advice on the disease.

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