Thursday, July 30, 2009

Carilion Opens Westlake Center

Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital CEO Bill Jacobsen greets visitors in front of the new Carilion Clinic Westlake center

Carilion Clinic’s new state-of-the-art outpatient medical complex at Smith Mountain Lake has openedat Westlake Towne Center. The center is a 10,000 square foot medical complex offering urgent care, imaging services, rotating physician specialists, and emergency helicopter and ambulance service.

“We are an integral part of this community, and our patients are also our neighbors and friends,” says Bill Jacobsen, chief executive officer and vice president of Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital. “Our goal is to create a quality health care center at the lake. With our advanced medical facilities we are offering services that will improve lake residents’ comfort, security and quality of life.”

Carilion Clinic’s Sleep Center and Carilion Clinic Urgent Care, previously located nearby, have also moved to the new center. A helipad has been built for Carilion’s Life-Guard helicopters to land next to the center, and emergency medical transport personnel are located on-site.

Carilion earlier donated two acres of land at its Westlake site to Franklin County to develop an EMS/fire station intended to be staffed around-the-clock.

The rotating physician specialists include surgeons, cardiologists and gynecologists. As the needs of the community grow, other types of specialists may be added to offer lake residents services they need that are close to home. Several medical practices have already expressed an interest in opening satellite services at the center.

The new complex is the result of hours of consultation with members of the community, and Franklin County officials. The 21-acre site allows considerable room for expansion as the community’s needs grow, and the center has been specifically designed to accommodate such expansion on two sides.

The public is invited to visit the new Carilion Clinic Westlake center on Saturday, August 1, from 8 a.m. to noon. The grand opening event will include free health screenings, a gourmet coffee bar, live music by the William Penn Trio and children's activities.

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