The medical community continues to expand in Columbia County as well. Savannah River Dermatology opened its new office on Furys Ferry Road earlier this year. The dermatology practice occupies the bulk of the 12,000-square-foot facility, and the building also includes 2,500 square feet of leasable space.
In May Myers Family Dental moved into a new building on one side of the dermatology practice, and on the other side site work is underway for Augusta Plastic Surgery, which will relocate to Columbia County from University Hospital. The physicians hope to start seeing patients at their new location in the summer of 2018.
Two assisted living facilities also are coming to Furys Ferry Road. Construction has started on The Claiborne of West Lake, a 100-unit, resort-style senior living facility. The county is working on site plan approval for Indigo Hall, which will be located between Westhampton and Brookfield subdivisions. In Martinez Orbic Eye Care opened in the Centre at Furys Ferry in July.
Medical facilities are being constructed in other parts of the county as well. Augusta SmileCare, recently moved into a new building on Columbia Road, which is about a mile from its previous location. An Aspen Dental office is under construction on the former Evans Diner site, and a new MedNow is slated to open soon in the Gateway area.
Summerville Dentistry has opened an office in the Riverwood area in Evans, and a University Medical Center Greenbrier Primary Care facility is under construction at Washington and Blanchard roads.
Doctors Hospital in west Augusta broke ground on a $19.8 million expansion of its emergency department this summer. The expansion, which should take about 14 months to complete, will increase the number of emergency department rooms to 46, including 10 pediatric rooms. The expanded emergency department also will include 16 clinical observation rooms, CT scan imaging technology, an X-ray suite, a new walk-in entrance and a new ambulance entrance.