Since becoming the Rockbridge Area Health Center in early 2014 through the end of 2017, the center has seen the number of patients almost double, and the number of patient visits increase by more than
400%. It has gone from a staff of 13 to over 50 professionals and support staff. New programs in women’s health and substance abuse treatment, among others, have been added.
By 2015, it was apparent that the center had outgrown its building, and that projected patient growth would make the situation more critical. The center applied for and received a $1 million federal grant for an expansion. Realistically looking at present and future needs suggested that the center would need a building much larger than the current 9,000 sq. ft. structure. Much deliberation and planning over two years led the board and staff to decide that adding an almost 14,000 two-story addition to the front and north sides of the current building and gutting and renovating the existing structure made the most sense.