SUFFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A new medical center officially opened in Suffolk at Sentara Obici. The $6.6 million building will house family and occupational practices. Officials say the new system allows them to cut down on time spent in waiting rooms and focus on time spent with doctors.
After patients check-in, they can settle into their rooms by themselves. The rooms are also designed to make the whole process more efficient, according to practice manager Marion Williams.
"They can have the whole encounter take place in one setting to include the laboratory visit. Often we're able to do the lab draws here in this room," he said. He says that can cut out a person having to go to another location for supplemental care.
Dr. Steve Julian is the president of the hospital. He says the goal is for Obici to become a medical destination.
"It really matters to me, having been a physician myself, that patients have first a great quality of care, that we have very safe care, that we are customer-centric in what we do," he said.
Part of the building's sign is still under wraps, that because it denotes the facility's new walk-in clinic that they hope to launch within the next six months.