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Wayne Memorial opens clinic in Ludowici
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About 50 people came out for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Wayne Memorial Hospital had a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday in Ludowici to celebrate the opening of a its new health center.
“We are excited to be here in Long County. We think that this center being here is overdue, but know that we are committed to serving you, and seeing this facility grow,” said WMH CEO Joe Ierardi.
According to Ierardi, the hospital began planning and researching the center more than a year ago. He said officials worked hard to find the right location.  
The office has two examination rooms, but the plan calls for expanding to four.
“We would like to expand to four rooms, and possibly even outgrow this building. We’re here for the long haul, and want people to know that,” Ierardi said.
Brook Floyd, an aide to U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston,  R-Ga. 1st, also spoke at the ceremony.
“To me, Long County is all about the people; this is a great addition to your community, and you can take pride that you have a beautiful facility here,” Floyd said.
Tim Works spoke on behalf of the Long County Chamber of Commerce.
“Wayne Memorial Hospital’s motto is ‘caring for our community,’ and that’s exactly what they are going to do for us.”
Works added, “Now people no longer have to drive somewhere else to get non-emergency care, they can get it right here.”
After the ribbon cutting, snacks and drinks were served to the crowd and then attendees were allowed to tour the center.
According to Ierardi, the complex will operate from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays.  
The staff will include a nurse-practitioner, a nurse and an office manger. Ryan Hodges will lead the center.
The facility will offer non-emergency care and walk-ins are welcome. It is at 40 East Cypress St., building A, suite 6.
The center officially opened July 1. For more information, call 302-4067.
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