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Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 3:00 am

As plans are being perfected for the open house celebration on Aug. 12, the new Marana Healthcare Main Clinic is already making a difference as residents file in and out of the multi-service medical facility for treatment, education and services.

The new three-story complex opened its doors to residents in July, and will officially celebrate with tours and a community event on Aug. 12. The complex is located at 13395 N. Marana Main St.

Mary Carter, director of special projects, proudly walks the halls of the 74,656-square-foot facility where signs for dental care, pediatricians and family practitioners display the wide range of services that are available under one roof.

“There is no reason for people not to come in and utilize these services,” Carter said. “If you have friends with no medical benefits, send them here. They will be taken care of.”

The new facility is serving an average of 150 patients in the various offices per day, while the pharmacy is filling up to 400 prescriptions daily.

In behavioral health services, Carter said the new facility is treating 900 in outpatient services. Eventually, behavioral health services will expand, with the construction of a new 30,000 square-foot facility next door.

Currently, the new main clinic staffs 80 people. When the administration department is complete on the third floor, Carter said there will be 140 employees in the building. The organization as a whole employs 300.

As doctors, dentists and nurses were busy at work during the Explorer’s July 28 tour, Carter explained Marana Healthcare’s main clinic is all about being a medical home to the Marana community. A patient-centered medical home provides comprehensive primary care to adults, youths and children.

Carter said it all starts with a patient’s primary-care provider, who is on staff at the clinic. The primary-care provider can assess the situation and direct the patient to follow-up services as needed; those services are also provided in the same building.

Services are not just centered on medical care either. The Marana facility hosts classes to educate families on buying a house and has staff on board to assist families in renewing their membership with the state’s Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System. This eliminates the need to reapply at the local Department of Economic Security office.

Eventually, the facility will house a women’s health clinic and physical therapy services.

The women’s health clinic, which is slated to open in September, will have a gynecologist on duty.

“We really focused on having consistency,” said Carter. “When you’re pregnant, you can’t have a doctor who is only available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We need someone here all the time.”

Having a facility available to provide residents a choice for better health, improved lifestyle and easy access to services is exactly what Marana Healthcare has achieved, and now it’s time to celebrate.

Carter said they have pulled out all the stops for the Aug. 12 celebration, where the public is invited to take a tour of the facility, enjoy gifts and entertainment, and at the same time see what services they could use.

Activities include free eye exams for children, a cartoon movie with free popcorn, a farmer’s market, and a police car and fire engine.

The “Built for A New Generation” open house begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 12. For more information, contact Carter at 682-4111, ext. 6181.

If you go

What: Marana Health Center

open house

When: Friday, Aug. 12, 4-8 p.m.

Where: Marana Healthcare Main Clinic, 13395 N. Marana Main St.

For more information, visit

http://maranahealthcenter.org.

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