Oakhurst moves into new $5 million Stone Mountain facility

12/13/2013, 6 a.m.

Sixteen months after it broke ground on a new administration and medical center building, Oakhurst Medical Centers Inc. has moved in.

Last weekend, the federally qualified nonprofit center relocated to its new $5 million building at 5582 Memorial Drive and began seeing patients on Dec. 9.

Jeff Taylor, the center’s director, said the anticipation was great and the new location is more visible than its old Village Square location.

The new one-story facility doubles the size of the old location to 27,000 square feet. It has room for 34 medical exam rooms, up from 18.

Taylor said it’s larger, more efficient and very visible on the corridor that is undergoing revitalization.

“It gives us the opportunity to extend our specialty services,” he said. “We are ready to serve people.”

Taylor said it now has space and the plans to offer dental and radiology.

Yolanda Ongoma, whose family has been going to Oakhurst Medical for two years, visited the new facility on Dec. 10 and loved it.

“It’s very warm and welcoming,” she said while waiting for a doctor to see her son Jaylon, who had suddenly developed a rash on his face, arms and chest.

Ongoma said the new location is closer to her Stone Mountain home.

“We walked here. It’s really close.”

Ongoma said she loves the larger space and beige and green color scene.

“It’s bigger and beautifully decorated,” she said. “It seems like they can now run a little more efficiently. We didn’t have to wait very long. It used to be quite chaotic at the old place.”

In 2012, Oakhurst served 12,000 patients. With the expansion, Taylor said it will be serving 12,000 to 16,000 patients in two years, including people in the Healthcare Marketplace. It also plans to increase the number of doctors to 20, up from the current 15.

The new medical complex redevelops an under-used site that once was home to the Ambiance Club and Restaurant. That building was demolished to make way for the new.

The Oakhurst facility is one of two new construction projects completed on the corridor this year. In June, Walmart opened a new supercenter on a former car dealership site, up the street at the intersection with South Hairston Road.

Oakhurst Medical offers family medicine, pediatrics and ob/gyn services to under-insured and uninsured families. In addition to the new Stone Mountain center, it operates medical centers on Candler Road in Decatur, on Memorial Drive near Covington Highway in Decatur, and in Conyers in Rockdale County.

Taylor said a grand opening of the new facility will take place in early 2014.