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On or around May 1, Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC) will raze the former American Legion Post No. 524 building at 100 Dundaff St. in Forest City. The plan is to build a new state-of-the-art family health center on the site.

The more than 5,000 square feet of new construction will include seven exam rooms, provider offices, a separate treatment room and facilities for laboratory services. The structure is, a worthy investment according to WMCHC executive director Frederick Jackson.

“The office space we are currently utilizing in Vandling does not have the physical capacity to meet patient demand and lacks adequate parking,” stated Jackson. “Additionally, because it is outside of Forest City proper it makes access difficult for patients without transportation.”

Jackson indicated the new site is not expected to be ready for occupancy until early 2019. However, health center providers and staff don’t consider that to be too far off considering the improvements to come.

David Tomazic, DO said, “This move will be a good thing for the community.” The physician merged his Forest City-based solo practice of 35 years to become part of WMCHC in January of 2017.

Staff of McAndrew Family Health Center are shown with architectural renderings of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers’ newest construction project, soon to be underway in Forest City.

From left, seated: Stacey Cirba, Pam Kresock and Tracy Johnson. Standing: JoAnne Sterchak, Peggy Tomazic, David Tomazic, Krista Hollis, Jo-Ann Sames and RickiLynn Derrick. Laboratory services will also be provided by Wayne Memorial Hospital at the new location.