Ceremony to celebrate new health care clinic

RICHMOND HILL, GA (WTOC) – A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place Wednesday afternoon to mark the opening of a primary care clinic in Richmond Hill for active duty family members.

It will take place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at 2451A Highway 17 in Richmond Hill.

The Richmond Hill Medical Home clinic is among 17 clinics that the Army is opening near 14 Army installations across the U.S. and Hawaii.

Richmond Hill was selected for the site due to its centralized location and close proximity to those living in the areas of Pooler, southwestern Savannah and Richmond Hill, according to the WINN Army Community Hospital.

A lease has been signed for space of the former Harvey's/Food Lion store. A contractor is working to add brand-new equipment, according to the hospital.

Family members will have the option of transferring their enrollment from Winn Army Community Hospital, Tuttle Army Health Clinic at Hunter Army Airfield, and the TRICARE network to the new clinic.

Those registered with TRICARE Prime will not have to re-register. Only active duty family members are eligible for care at the facility by law.   

TRICARE For Life, TRICARE Plus, Retiree and Retiree Family Members are not eligible to receive care at the Richmond Hill Medical Home.

The clinic is expected to have seven primary care providers and one psychologist, and administer care to more than 8,000 family members when fully staffed, according to the hospital.

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