For more than 60 years, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic has been a fixture in downtown Murfreesboro.
(Photo courtesy of Murfreesboro Medical Clinic)
But the clinic will move from its Highland Avenue location in early 2013 when it opens the doors to its new building on Garrison Drive near the new MTMC.
“The new and expanded facility will provide a better working environment for MMC’s physicians, but more importantly, it will allow those physicians to better serve their patients more efficiently in a state-of-the-art facility,” explained Joseph A. Peay, CEO of Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter.
MMC is expanding its 78,000-square foot office building on Garrison Drive with a three story, 155,000-square foot addition.
Prior to opening the facility on Garrison Drive in 2008, the entire clinic was housed on Highland Avenue, where much of its staff still remains.
Founded in 1949 by local physicians Dr. Carl Adams and Dr. S.C. Garrison, MMC has grown along with the population of Rutherford County into a multi-specialty group practice.
The Highland Avenue building was originally constructed in 1979. At the time, the clinic had 13 physicians on staff, who were housed in 38,000 square feet of office space.
By 1989, the practice had grown to 25 physicians, and MMC needed to expand again. So the clinic nearly doubled its size with a 37,000-square foot addition, which included 7,500 square feet dedicated to an out-patient surgery center. The addition opened in February 1990.
MMC grew by another 49,000 square feet in December 1997 after its medical staff stood at more than 70 physicians.
“Today, we have nearly 530 associates on staff,” MMC’s website states. That number includes nearly 70 physicians, who see more than 30,000 patients per year, add 150 new patients per week, and perform an average of 680 surgical procedures per month.
The Garrison Drive building now houses MMC’s ancillary departments, SurgiCenter of Murfreesboro, infusion center, laboratory, and radiology along with clinical departments covering allergy, gastroenterology, general surgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics/sports medicine, otolaryngology (ENT), physical medicine/pain management, and plastic and reconstructive surgery. Other non-MMC tenants include home care solutions, restorative health, results physiotherapy, St. Thomas Heart, Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee, and Tennessee Retina.
These departments will be joined by the remaining physicians and staff at Highland Avenue, so that the entire clinic will all be under one roof again.
Construction began in the fall of 2011, and a grand opening is scheduled for early 2013.
Go to mmclinic.com to follow the construction progress.