TAYLORSVILLE – Alexander Community Hospital closed in 2006, forcing community members to travel to Catawba, Iredell, Caldwell and Wilkes counties for emergency and urgent care.
“It’s hard to quantify and score the emotional pain of losing a major medical facility and then doing without that for a decade,” said David Odom, Taylorsville Town Manager. “It’s hard to create jobs in a town when a prospective company looks at your town and you can’t offer even urgent care to their future employees.”
Since the hospital’s closing, leaders have been searching for a viable health care option for the area. Now, they believe they have found it through a partnership with Urgent Care of Mountain View.
Odom comments, “We hope to have a up fitted modern facility, with lab, digital x-ray, the convenience of walk-in service. You won’t be denied whether you Medicare, Medicaid, insurance or customer pay. This facility will be open to all comers.”
The new urgent care is just the first step. Leaders are looking to model Taylorsville after another North Carolina town.
“The long-term goal going forward would be to have some form of an emergency room, much like that in Windsor,” said Odom. “They have a six bed hospital, they have federally qualified health center within the same block, they have a dialysis center within two blocks. So they have created a campus of care within their community.”