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What started out as a temporary solution, will be upgraded to a new permanent building.

McDonough District Hospital Medical Group Vice President, Peter Rao, says it's difficult doing their job from a tent.

"We have had to shut down at times when we have thunderstorms coming through, just for safety of patients and staff," Rao said.

But McDonough District Hospital's Business development Vice President, Adrian MacGregor, says this change will mitigate that.

"And by having a more permanent structure we're able to control the elements, the weather, provide heating and cooling. And so that's our decision to move forward a more permanent drive through structure," MacGregor explained.

MacGregor says they will reallocate 2021 funds to complete this project.

"Our overall goal for the facility is to be able to build it large enough that it could accommodate more than one costumer at a time. Our overall goal is to be able to accommodate four to six vehicles at a time going through and receiving a variety of services," MacGregor added.

Rao says he's looking forward to being able to serve McDonough District Hospital patients in more ways.

"Going into the future, future flu seasons, that structure is going to be used long-term as well. Not just for the coming flu season but for the future as well because patients, as I mentioned find that to being a convenient way of coming in and getting things done," said.

MacGregor says they're working to finalize plans by the end of September and come October they'll start construction.

MacGregor says looking ahead beyond COVID-19, they want to offer blood work, blood pressure checks, vaccinations, wellness visits among other services that's easier and more timely to do in this new building.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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