NFRMC opens new internal medicine clinic in Southwest Gainesville

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- The opening of a new internal medicine clinic off Tower Road in Southwest Gainesville was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony late Wednesday afternoon.

The new clinic is staffed by five attending physicians and 60 resident physicians from North Florida's Graduate Medical Education Program. The facility will offer primary care to internal medicine patients, or those people dealing with chronic disease or complex medicine.

"We are committed to the care and improvement of human life," said NFRMC CEO Eric Lawson. "That includes growing with this community, as Gainesville grows, North Florida grows."

Integrated medicine is part of the plan at the new clinic, which means physicians will be looking at the bigger picture of patients' health.

"In addition to lifestyle education, smoking cessation, we try to get to know our patient a little bit more on an individual level to give them individual advice on how to mold their life so that they stay out of the hospital, they stay out of the emergency room," said Dr. Christopher Bray, the Program Director for Internal Medicine.

Each exam room features a tablet that teaches patients about things like healthy diets and exercise.

The goal for the clinic is to serve 6,000 patients yearly from around North Central Florida.

Recently, NFRMC announced that the hospital is expanding its main campus, adding three floors to its south tower.