Editor’s Note: This story was updated Oct. 27 to reflect new information.
Citizens will soon have another medical care option in Sedalia.
Jorge Guevara, of Guesa USA, told the Democrat on Thursday he plans to develop the land at 115 W. Broadway Blvd. into an urgent care facility, American Family Care. The facility will be 3,150 square feet, featuring eight exam rooms, a procedure room, an X-ray room and a lab.
“It is something the community has been asking for, for a period of time,” Guevara said. “It’s a first-come, first-serve basis. It will offer physicals, sports physicals, all the way to minimal injuries, like broken arms. We’re going to have a full lab on premises, radiology, an X-ray machine as well. We’re also going to open quite a few jobs for doctors, nurses, lab techs.
“The community has mentioned it a lot. I’ve talked to the city, Mayor (Steve) Galliher and (Community Development Director) John Simmons, they are extremely excited, the community has asked them about it as well.”
Known as AFC, the company has facilities in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. According to its website, “American Family Care provides accessible primary care, urgent care, family medicine, and occupational health services across four states in the southeastern United States. AFC cares for patients utilizing advanced treatments. Facilities are equipped with leading-edge technology such as digital X-rays, onsite labs, and electronic medical records.”
Appointments aren’t needed, and AFC accepts all major forms of medical insurance.
Both the website and Guevara noted that AFC does not replace local emergency rooms.
“We do not take over the emergency room, we’re not an emergency room,” Guevara said. “The emergency room will always be top notch service and care like Bothwell (Regional Health Center) and they will take care of emergency and life-threatening injuries. We’re just another option for minor injuries.”
Guevara said a 5,000- to 6,000-square-foot building will be built on the property, and the remaining space will be leased by Guesa USA to another business. He said the new business will hopefully be retail.
Guevara said he plans to break ground on the project in March 2016, weather permitting. He said he plans to complete the construction of the “shell” of the building by June 2016, and his goal is to open in September 2016.
The AFC facility will be on the property of the former Eddie’s Drive In, in front of the former National Guard Armory. The armory will remain standing, as Guevara has not been able to reach a deal with the owners.
“At this point we have not been able to work something out with the armory. The price tag is about nearly 2.5 times its actual value,” he said. “Although the city is working with me to see what we can do, at this point we cannot take on the armory because it will up the project cost about 33 percent.”
Eddie’s will be torn down before construction begins in March, and while the restaurant may hold memories for many Sedalians, Guevara said it just isn’t feasible to keep the building.
“We looked at the possibility of maybe working it into our development; it’s just not possible,” he said. “The roof has not been maintained for a number of years, it’s unsafe. The equipment, the previous owners ripped everything out. We’re working with a museum and several other agencies to salvage some of the items and creating a monument to recognize Eddie’s Drive In. We’re still working on all of that.”
For more information about AFC, visit AmericanFamilyCare.com.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.