H’burg Clinic expansion includes exam rooms, provider offices

By HASKEL BURNS,

 Petal Family Practice Clinic on the Evelyn Gandy Parkway is undergoing an expansion project to offer more services and providers to its patients.

The clinic, which is a service of Hattiesburg Clinic, is expanding from approximately 11,367 square feet to 15,000 square feet, making space for 12 new exam rooms and three new provider offices. Immediate Care – Petal, which is housed in the same facility, also will receive more exam rooms.

“With the growth of the Petal community, Petal Family Practice is expanding to meet the needs of the community,” said Trevor Wigley, assistant administrator for the clinic. “Immediate Care – Petal has been an asset to the practice and community and the west wing expansion is devoted to the Immediate Care to help us better serve patients.

“We hope expanding the clinic and adding additional space will attract new providers, which will create more access to family practice in Petal.”

Petal Family Practice currently offers six providers, along with three providers for Immediate Care – Petal. Ophthalmology and Diabetes Center services also rotate through the facility.

The expansion will allow Dr. Shannon Goldsmith, physician at the family medicine location on Corinth Road, to relocate to Petal Family Practice Clinic. The vacated space on Corinth Road will be occupied by a new pediatrician, Dr. Nicole E. Carden, who will begin in September.

 “We are looking forward to more space for Petal Family Practice Clinic and Immediate Care – Petal to make health care delivery more efficient,” said Dr. Robert Heath, a physician at Petal Family Practice Clinic. “We are also allowing space for Dr. Goldsmith to join us on site.

“We are expanding for growth in Petal for a future provider and specialist services.”

The expansion project – which is being headed up by Codaray Construction of Hattiesburg and architectural firm Perkins & Williamson Architecture – is expected to be completed some time in November. The cost of the project is not being disclosed.

“We are super excited to be growing,” Wigley said. “It is truly an honor to be able to serve the people in the Petal community.”