BEAUFORT - Beaufort Memorial Hospital (BMH) has opened a new medical plaza in Bluffton, offering both immediate and primary care in one central location at 1 Burnt Church Road.
May River Medical Pavilion will serve as the home of two practices - Beaufort Memorial Express Care & Occupational Health and May River Primary Care.
"This new facility is part of our continuing effort to increase access to medical care and further Beaufort Memorial's mission to improve the health of our community," said BMH President and CEO Russell Baxley. "As the population south of the Broad continues to grow, so does the demand for health care services."
Open seven days a week, the walk-in Express Care clinic will offer same-day treatment for nonlife-threatening medical issues along with immunizations, lab services, X-ray, and school, sports and camp physicals.
"This type of facility is especially helpful when you can't get an appointment immediately with your family physician or you need to see a doctor after hours or on weekends," Baxley said. "It provides faster access for minor emergencies, but is less costly than an ER."
The clinic will also treat workplace injuries and perform employee physical exams, drug and alcohol testing, and screenings, including cholesterol and blood pressure tests. In addition, companies enrolled in Beaufort Memorial's Well at Work program will be able to send employees to the clinic for expedited medical services.
Beaufort Memorial Express Care & Occupational Health will be staffed by four health care providers, including board-certified emergency medicine specialist Chip Fowlkes, D.O., and board-certified family medicine specialist Randall Castor, M.D.
Formerly with Georgia Emergency Associates, Fowlkes has practiced in hospital emergency rooms in South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia since completing his residency in 1994 at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He earned his D.O. degree at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Castor brings a wide array of experience to the practice, having worked in both urgent care clinics and a hospital