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It’s Official. Martha Jefferson Breaks Ground On New Afton Family Medicine Clinic : 9.1.10

[ 0 ] September 1, 2010 |
Photo By Tommy Stafford : ©2010 www.nelsoncountylife.com : The developers, architect, and staff of Afton Family Medicine pose for an official shot at their ground breaking of the new clinic this past Tuesday afternoon (August 31, 2010) in Afton, Virginia. Click any photo to enlarge.

Photo By Tommy Stafford : ©2010 www.nelsoncountylife.com : The developers, architect, and staff of Afton Family Medicine pose for an official shot at their ground breaking of the new clinic this past Tuesday afternoon (August 31, 2010) in Afton, Virginia. Click any photo to enlarge.

Afton
Nelson County, Virginia

Decades ago a small country clinic was established in Afton at the intersection of Bland Wade Road and Route 151. Paging now retired, Dr. Bob Raynor. About 50 years later a brand new clinic is being built a few miles north of the current location. The original clinic was started by Dr. Bob and was acquired years later by Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Robin Meyer (left) the architect for the project, along with Dr. Stephen Schmitz, Dr. Charles Cole, (physicians at Afton Family Medicine) and  Jim Gates, the general contractor of the project, walk the grounds of the area where the new clinic will be constructed at the intersection of Tanbark Drive and Route 151.

Robin Meyer (left) the architect for the project, along with Dr. Stephen Schmitz, Dr. Charles Cole, (physicians at Afton Family Medicine) and Jim Gates, the general contractor of the project, walk the grounds of the area where the new clinic will be constructed at the intersection of Tanbark Drive and Route 151.

“It’s very exciting and it speaks to how we are looking forward to next 50 years of service. That building was 50 years old. It will be a better flow for everybody. Patients and staff. It will be better situated for the future as we grow,” said Dr. Stephen Schmitz, who joined Afton Family Medicine about 5 years ago as Dr. Bob Raynor was preparing to retire. Dr. Schmitz is a second generation doctor in his family. His father, Dr Stephen Schmitz, (Senior) has been a urologist in Charlottesville for decades.

Dr. Charles Cole, (left) and Dr. Stephen Schmitz hold up a drawing of what the new clinic will look like once completed.

Dr. Charles Cole, (left) and Dr. Stephen Schmitz hold up a drawing of what the new clinic will look like once completed.

“We’re hoping to finish the project in the late summer of 2011, maybe sooner depending on the weather. We’re staring the project in the fall and we have a lot of brick to lay, so we’ve got a lot to do when we don’t have good weather,” says Jim Gates the general contractor for the job. Jim and Tommy Harvey of Afton developed the project and eventually landed the committment from MJH to locate the clinic at their location.

Most of the staff from the current Afton Family Medicine Clinic poses on the lot of what will be their new location in 2011.

Most of the staff from the current Afton Family Medicine Clinic poses on the lot of what will be their new location in 2011.

The main inspiration was the location. We’re in a gorgeous spot and it’s not really a city type area, so let’s take what’s around us. I tried to do something that had a feeling of the mountains and the rural-ness of this area but was still high tech in its building and facilities,” said Robin Meyer who is the architect for the new clinic.

Both Dr.’s Schmitz and Cole are also medical columnists in our NCL “Ask the Doctor” series published monthly in the printed and online editions.

Congrats!

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