Walk-in clinic coming to Choto area

Tennova Healthcare is opening a walk-in clinic in the Choto community.

Construction is underway for the clinic at 1612 Choto Markets Way, located in the new development near the intersection of Choto Road and Northshore Drive.

“We will open Choto’s first walk-in clinic at the new Markets of Choto development late this summer,” Dr. Jerry Askew, Tennova Healthcare vice president of external relations, said.

“Tennova Healthcare is dedicated to meeting the health needs of our community by providing access to safe, quality care across the state,” Askew added.

Planning for the clinic began earlier this year to expand access to primary and urgent care services in the area, he said. The staff at the Choto clinic will be able to care for minor and non-life-threatening conditions that aren’t considered emergencies, such as colds, flu and minor cuts, sprains or burns.

“Appointments will be available, but walk-ins also will be welcome at the clinic, which plans to offer extended hours and days of service for people who need care after-hours or on weekends.”

Tennova Healthcare is a faith-based healthcare system with 12 hospitals and more than 80 physician clinics.

John Huber, owner and developer of The Markets at Choto, said when he bought the property in 2009, he wanted to create a master-planned development that offered recurring services for people in Choto.

“The whole idea is so people would not have to drive all

the way to Turkey Creek to

get their basic needs, ” Huber said.

“[The Choto community] was an underserved area from a commercial standpoint,” he added. “There is a tremendous amount of rooftops. A lot of people would drive 10 miles to get a gallon of milk.”

Besides Tennova Walk-In Clinic, the development also has Weigel’s, a Rural Metro fire hall, and ground has been broken on a Don Gallo restaurant.

“This entire complex is geared toward taking care of the people of Choto,” Huber said. “Having a Tennova walk-in clinic fits in with that plan.

“The people want the best of the best,” he added. “Out of respect to the community, my hope is to retain it forever. I want to build good-quality buildings and have good quality tenants.”