Athens, Ga. – The new entrance and addition to the University of Georgia Health Center is scheduled to open Monday, March 30. The new construction has been completed ahead of schedule. The current, temporary entrance located in the back of the building will not be available to students once the new entrance opens.
The new facility features a spacious lobby with enhanced patient registration and business services. The communications and health promotion departments, including the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education, has been relocated to an expanded area on the first floor.
The new vision clinic, which is also located on the first floor, will open in August 2009. This service will be staffed by optometrists and opticians and will provide comprehensive eye exams and a wide selection of eye ware and contact lenses. The vision clinic services will be available to students, faculty and staff.
The second floor is dedicated solely to Counseling and Psychiatric Services to meet the increasing demand for mental health services and to accommodate additional clinician offices, group therapy rooms and testing space.
Once the new addition opens, renovation on the existing building will begin. Improvements include the relocation of the Allergy/Travel Medicine Clinic to the first floor to improve patient access. The pharmacy will increase in size and include a larger waiting area and retail display space.
Additional improvements include the expansion of the Women’s Clinic, the Dental Clinic and the Information Technology department.
No interruption to service is expected during the renovation process, which is scheduled to be completed by July 2009. For more information on the University Health Center, see http://www.uhs.uga.edu/.