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Valley Healthcare Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Columbus, GA — State Senator Ed Harbison, Mrs. Mattie, Mr. Phillip Aldridge, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, Mrs. Sarah Lang, Georgia State Rep. Calvin Smyre, U. S. Congressman Sanford Bishop, Councilman Bruce Huff and Councilman Jerry “Pops’ Barnes get ready to cut ribbon.

Photos by Jim Cawthorne, Camera 1. Columbus, Georgia: Valley Healthcare System, Inc. invited the community to share in its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, June 22, 2012. The ceremony began at 10:00 A.M. at 1600 Fort Benning Road and Trask Drive, Columbus, GA. Valley Healthcare is celebrating the completion of the $10.8 million dollar construction of its new 30,000 sq. ft. building. $6.2 million dollars were given as a grant through the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). “Just two years ago, we broke the ground with hope for the future of this facility. Now, as then, we are all grateful for what Valley Healthcare has done and continues to do in improving health and wellness in this area,” said Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. “Thanks to the passage of the Recovery Act of 2009 (the Stimulus Bill), state-of-the-art facilities like Valley Healthcare’s Columbus location can continue and expand their mission of providing primary care to thousands in our area and millions across the county who, until now, had no access.” Our goal at Valley Healthcare is to provide comprehensive primary healthcare, selected specialties and referral services to the population of the Chattahoochee Valley area regardless of circumstances. Through this mission the Center will: minimize barriers of access; increase patient awareness and treatment compliance; provide prevention, education, patient support and research programs; educate the public on health care issues; ensure operational effectiveness and financial viability; develop integrated services networks with other provider organizations; facilitate community participation in the health care planning process and; contribute directly to the economic growth and stability of the local area. Valley Healthcare System’s vision is to be the superior multi-specialty primary health care organization utilizing an outstanding team of health care professionals and support personnel by delivering accessible, affordable, cost effective, prompt customer responsive service. “Valley Healthcare Systems, formerly known as Community Health Center of South Columbus, opened its doors August 1994. The name change is reflective of the growth in our size and the services that we provide to the community. We began as a small service within the Baker Village community of the South Columbus area. Today, we provide medical, dental, out-reach services, behavioral health and pharmacy services to residents from the Chattahoochee Valley region and beyond, “ she said. CEO, Valley Healthcare Systems, Inc, Mrs. Sarah Lang continues, “From its inception, it has been my vision to provide relationship-based care. We are designated by the federal Department of Health and Human Services as a Community Health Care Center program. I like to say that we are a community health care center that puts the individual at the center of health care.” Valley Healthcare Systems, Inc. services include pediatric and adolescent care, adult and geriatric care, prenatal and gynecological care, pharmacy services, diagnostic lab services, Spanish translation, patient transportation, chronic care management, family care dentistry, hospital coverage and urgent care. Valley Healthcare System, Inc. is a staff model practice that includes full time Family Practice Physicians, full time Dentists and Behavioral Health Clinicians. Our medical and dental staffs are Board Certified and Nationally Credentialed in their respective specialties. To accommodate the diverse needs of the community, we have established an open access scheduling system. This allows for worker-friendly scheduling of appointments. Mr. Tony Whitehurst, Board Treasurer of Valley Healthcare System, Inc stated, “It is with great excitement that we have completed our new facility. Prior Board members had the vision that we needed a new facility. The current Board was able to catch their vision and bring it to completion. I am humbled by being a part of this undertaking. Many thanks to all former Board Members, our CEO, Mrs. Sarah Lang, our Board Chairman, Mr. Phillip Aldridge, current Governing Board members and all of our employees. “If We Build It, They Will Come”.

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