FSU holds groundbreaking ceremony for primary health care center

Posted at 5:15 PM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 08:37:05-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida State University held a groundbreaking ceremony for FSU Primary Health on Thursday.

It's a primary health care center the college of medicine is bringing to the community.

FSU College of Medicine was thrilled to hold a groundbreaking ceremony on their 10,000 square foot lot, where they will soon start building a primary health care center.

John Fogarty, the Dean of FSU College of Medicine, says the center will offer physical and mental health services to adults and children in the community.

He says, it will allow physicians at FSU to gets hands on experience, serving the community in what he refers to as an "under-doctored area".

"There is a shortage of primary care in this area. Patients when they're looking for a new doctor in this community, it's really difficult. Lots of doctors in this area, lots of doctors have closed panels," said Fogarty. "This is a really under doctored area. There's really nothing out here. So this provides us a great opportunity."

Fogarty says two FSU College of Medicine graduates have already been hired. The hope is to keep more physicians from FSU in our community.

Childers construction company will start work on the $3 million facility in a few weeks.

FSU College of Medicine hopes to open the doors on their new primary-care health center in January.