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Chatham Medical Park open house

By Alyssa Marcus

A large crowd was on hand for the grand opening for the new Chatham Medical Park in Siler City on Thursday, February 24. "It's been a really good turnout," said Carol Straight, CEO of Chatham Hospital.

Besides tours of the facility, there were health screenings such as blood pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI), opportunities to meet staff, and fun activities such as Wii bowling. "[The stream of people] has been constant," said Debbie Scotten, Cardiac Rehab Program Director. Scotten was body fat and BMI measurements in the Cardiac Rehab room.

Not only did residents in the community want to come check out the new facilities, they liked what they saw. "I've heard a lot of good feedback," said Allison Bolin, Director of Rehab Services.

Bolin was running the Wii bowling activity, explaining that the Wii sports games are good for arm exercise, balance and more. It's a way for rehab patients to be more engaged in their treatment.

She also said that there were many people who came in just to look, and discovered that there were services that they were interested in using. "You don't have to go to Chapel Hill or Sanford anymore," said Bolin. "It's really great for the community." Among the facilities available at Chatham Medical Park are Cardiac Rehabilitation, Diabetes Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Chatham Primary Care, who has moved from their previous Siler City location.

Specialty clinics will also be available, such as Central Carolina Ear, Nose and Throat Associates and Greensboro Podiatry Associates.

Carolina Air Care also has a space in the building, as well as Chatham Hospital IT offices and business office and a conference center that's available for public use.

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