Officials from Fort Stewart’s Winn Army Community Hospital will celebrate the opening of a new Army community-based primary care clinic in Richmond Hill with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. today at 2451A Highway 17.
The facility for active-duty family members, known as Richmond Hill Medical Home, is in the Ways Station shopping center where the former Harvey’s/Food Lion store used to be.
“Our goal is to have the right provider providing the right care at the right time, using the right venue that’s best for our families by making primary care services easier to access — making it more convenient for our patients,” Winn Army Community Hospital Commander Col. Paul R. Cordts said in a news release.
“Furthermore, the creation of this clinic acknowledges that we have listened to our beneficiaries and are focused on patient-centered care. Many of our families may have unmet demands for primary care, reside off post and would benefit greatly from obtaining primary-care services closer to where they live.”
The Richmond Hill clinic is among 17 clinics the Army is opening near 14 Army installations across the United States and Hawaii.
Richmond Hill was selected for its centralized location and proximity to those living in the areas of Pooler and southwestern Savannah, according to the release.
Family members will have the option of transferring their enrollment from Winn Army Community Hospital, Tuttle Army Health Clinic at Hunter Army Airfield and the TRICARE network to the Richmond Hill Medical Home.
Those registered with TRICARE Prime will not have to re-register.
By law, eligibility for care at the clinic is restricted to active-duty family members.
At the present time, TRICARE for Life, TRICARE Plus, retiree and retiree family members are not eligible to receive care at the Richmond Hill Medical Home.
The clinic is expected to employ seven primary-care providers and one psychologist, and administer care to more than 8,000 family members when fully staffed.
The clinic also will provide pharmacy and laboratory services.