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IU Health Paoli to open primary care clinic

(photo courtesy of IU Health Paoli Hospital)

PAOLI, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Indiana University Health Paoli Hospital’s new family and internal medicine clinic is set to open in early September. IU Health says the primary care clinic will create 20 new jobs in Orange County and will increase access to quality healthcare in the region.

The healthcare provider says a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Sept. 3 and the clinic will begin accepting patients a few days later.

“Having IU Health within our community is important for the quality of life of our citizens. IU Health recognized the need for additional healthcare services in our area and this investment in our community will have a positive economic impact for Orange County,” said Zachary Brown, executive director of the Orange County Economic Development Partnership. “The creation of 20 new jobs is invaluable and should not go unnoticed. I commend the IU Health Paoli team for working to push this project forward even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and look forward to working with the team for years to come.”

In addition to two new physicians joining the Paoli community, the clinic will create jobs including professional and support services, nurses, medical assistants and lab and x-ray technicians.

IU Health says the 8,000-square-foot clinic is expected to be the first rural community health clinic in the IU Health Network. The clinic will open with two physicians and two nurse practitioners and 13 exam rooms.

The clinic will offer behavioral health services and a walk-in clinic for minor injuries and illnesses.

“We are incredibly proud to play a role in increasing access to local healthcare in the IU Health south central region,” said Larry Bailey, president of IU Health Paoli Hospital. “Not only will the clinic mean that patients no longer need to travel or delay being seen for primary care, but it will also be a catalyst for regional economic growth and new community partnerships. Paoli is a special place, and this clinic was designed to reflect that. From sourcing local construction materials to featuring local artists’ work throughout the building, we hope this facility will be a point of pride for the community.”

Construction on the facility began in January.