Lexington Medical Center’s Otarre Pointe medical building entering home stretch of completion

Construction is at full force on the interior and exterior of Lexington Medical Park – Congaree. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Construction is in full swing on the interior and exterior of Lexington Medical Park – Congaree. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Dust is flying, paint brushes are rolling and large air conditioning units are being lifted onto the roof as Lexington Medical Park – Congaree takes shape in Cayce.

Lexington Medical Center broke ground at the brand-new medical office building last June, and construction is entering the final stages. Officials expect the final pieces to be in place in time for a fall opening.

Director of Environmental Services and Safety Dale Thompson said the exterior veneer and windows around the building are complete, and roof-top air conditioner unit installation is well underway.

Workers also have started painting the walls and installing tile floors, ceiling grid and cabinets. Members of the design team are finalizing signage for the facility, too.

The two-story, 70,000-square-foot facility will provide a range of services to the local community including a Lexington Family Practice office and X-ray and lab capabilities. The new facility is in Otarre Pointe and is designed especially to serve workers at SCANA, Amazon and Nephron Pharmaceuticals, companies that also call the 12th Street Extension area home.

“The No. 1 feature will be its convenience for employees and employers,” said Dr. Dana Rawl of Occupational Health, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Rawl’s practice offers occupational medicine, and the staff often takes care of workers who suffer injuries or have illnesses related to their jobs. Occupational Health, which will be moving to Lexington Medical Park – Congaree, also offers physicals and screenings.

Rawl is looking forward to having a state-of-the-art building at his disposal from which he can serve several 100 local companies.

“It will be an asset having a new, more modernized facility,” he said.

Physical therapy offices also will be housed at Otarre Pointe.

“Having those associates there to converse and coordinate with will be better than talking over the phone,” Rawl said.

Dr. Henry Martin of Lexington Family Practice agreed that proximity to physical therapy professionals and Occupational Health will serve his patients well when he relocates.

“This reflects Lexington Medical Center’s philosophy in getting the right people and right equipment together,” he said.

Martin said many of his patients are drive from Cayce to see him and said the new location will allow them “to get right back to work.”

“This area will be well served, especially as it grows,” he said.

Lexington Medical Park at Otarre Pointe will employ 64 full-time employees.

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