Rising two stories high in a forested tract between 12th Street Extension and Congaree Creek, the new Lexington Medical Park Otarre Pointe looks like a hospital, or maybe another of the health care system’s urgent care centers.
Instead, it’s something new and different, a mash-up of primary care, occupational health and occupational and physical therapy. And it eventually will be much more, since the entire second floor remains unused.
“We didn’t want to put just one specialty in here,” said Roger Sipe, vice president of Lexington Medical Center. Instead, they went for synergy.
The LMC Occupational Health practice portion of the facility – with four doctors, three nurse practitioners and 13 treatment rooms – is ideally suited near large employers such as SCANA, Amazon and Nephron Pharmaceuticals. Employees or prospective employees in the Saxe Gotha Industrial Park easily can stop by for physicals, drug tests or treatment.
The two-physician Lexington Family Practice office in the facility increases the Midlands footprint of that group and should draw from a 300-unit apartment complex planned next door.
And all of the physicians can aim patients a few steps across the atrium to a physical and occupational therapy center.
For now, 64 full-time employees work in a 70,000-square foot building built that opened in October. For perspective, that’s nearly the size of the LMC urgent care facility in Irmo, or about two-thirds as large as the LMC urgent care in Lexington. Architects Perkins & Will and Hood Construction worked to retain many of the large trees on the property, which backs up to the new Timmerman Trail.
Dr. Henry Martin, who moved from a Lexington Family Practice facility in Lexington, said some of his patients have followed him to the new facility and found the trip just off I-77 easier than dealing with downtown Lexington traffic. There’s still a problem with the address (3799 12th St. Extension) not showing up on most GPS systems.
“This is another good addition to an area that’s under-served,” Martin said. “I had no idea how many of my patients were in this area.”
Dr. Payton Foust, who grew up in Lexington, came back home after doing his residency in the Greenwood area. With a special interest in sports medicine, Foust looks forward to the opportunity to collaborate with the neighboring occupational health practice and therapy facility.
Dr. Dana Rawl and the occupational health group moved from a much-smaller facility on West Dunbar Road. “We have a wonderful facility that’s attractive and inviting with a location right off the interstate,” Rawl said. “It’s remarkable when we’re catering to employers” to be so convenient to the other major companies that have moved to the 12th Street corridor.
A section of the first floor now set up as educational classrooms is expected to be converted to house X-ray and CT imaging, Sipe said.
The synergy eventually will spread to the now-empty second floor. “It might be orthopedics, but we’re not set on anything,” Sipe said. “We’re going to let (the physician practices) dictate to us what goes up there. We’ll have the benefit of knowing their referrals.”