- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The new Hurley pediatric clinic on the second floor of the Flint Farmers Market is starting to take shape.

Hurley Medical Center will move its Pediatric Residency Clinic and its Pediatric Specialty Clinic to the second floor of the Flint Farmers Market in what hospital officials are calling an innovative, unique partnership.

Officials hope to have the $2-million Hurley Children’s Center up and running by August, said Annette Napier, senior administrator for ambulatory services at Hurley Medical Center.

“Progress is going pretty much as scheduled. When I was in there it was amazing to see. You can see the frame of everything,” Napier said. “It’s a very exciting project and it’s moving along very quickly.”

The future design can be envisioned, Napier said, as walls are being put up in the 10,300-square foot space. Drywall should be going up later this week or early next week.

A separate exterior entrance and elevator tower have been installed, The Flint Journal (https://bit.ly/1IkY8Zb ) reported.

“It’s just going to be a phenomenal place for children to come,” Napier said.

The project is a collaborative partnership between Hurley Children’s Hospital, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Flint Farmers Market.

The goal is to focus on prevention and nutrition, along with care for children when they are sick.

The center will include 24 exam rooms, a lab and a resident/preceptor teaching area.

Prescriptions can be written for healthy foods and the health professionals can help guide families in healthy eating.

It’s right across the street from the MTA bus station¬†for easier access to¬†public¬†transportation.

The space allows for an innovative environment, with high ceilings and an open layout.

The balcony area may be transformed into a putt-putt golf course for children. The waiting area will have desk and cubicle space if the family needs to work on things while they wait. Families can go downstairs and visit the market, or there will be parenting classes and seminars in the market’s conference room.

There will be a lab station for blood work and medical prescriptions can be delivered right to the clinic, Napier said.

Interior decorating decisions will be finalized in the near future.

Inside the waiting area will be end tables with a touch screen computer top, allowing children and their families to have access to educational programs while waiting.

“It will just be a positive environment for everyone … It will be very innovative,” Napier said. “We’re trying hard to bring everything up to the future. We’re excited. I think it’s going to be one of a kind.”

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Information from: The Flint Journal, https://www.mlive.com/flint

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