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Floyd County picks Redmond for health clinic, asks state to OK Paul Smith Interchange

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The Floyd County Commission announced Tuesday it will contract with Redmond Regional Medical Center for an employee health clinic.

The free service will be available for all 600-plus employees, whether they have insurance coverage through the county or not, as well as all covered dependents.

“They will still be able to go to their family doctor; they don’t have to go to the clinic,” Commission Chair Rhonda Wallace said. “This is a benefit to try to defer some of that cost.”

County Manager Jamie McCord said a start date would be set once the details of the contract are negotiated.

The wellness clinic will offer primary and urgent care, disease management and generic prescriptions. It also will handle work injuries and pre-employment drug and alcohol testing.

City of Rome and Redmond employees already use the clinic, set up in the Redmond Occupational Health building on Shorter Avenue.

McCord said they received eight proposals, with some prices topping $800,000 a year once the estimates were adjusted to reflect the same number of potential patients.

A committee analyzed submissions from the three finalists — Redmond, Floyd Medical Center and North Carolina-based Healthstat — and recommended Redmond’s $109,113 a year. FMC’s offer calculated out at $127,649.

“We’re very lucky. Both our hospitals are superior and either would have been a great choice,” McCord told the board. “Multiple counties … are spending five times what we’re going to spend, and they’re still seeing results in managing their health care costs.”

Commissioners voted 3-0 to select Redmond. Commissioner Scotty Hancock, who works at Redmond, abstained from both the discussion and the vote. Commissioner Allison Watters was absent.

Also on Tuesday, the board adopted a resolution to name the interchange at U.S. 27 and the South Rome bypass in honor of Paul Smith, who represented Floyd County in the Georgia General Assembly from 1984 through 2006.

“If it wasn’t for Paul Smith, we wouldn’t have had any of the bypass,” Commissioner Wright Bagby said.

The former lawmaker, who chaired the House Transportation Committee, funneled more than $400 million in road money to Northwest Georgia. Smith, who attended the meeting with his family, told the story of the bypass — how he and then State Transportation Board member David Doss fought to hold the Georgia Department of Transportation to its promise to fund the entire bypass if the county put up $6 million in SPLOST money.

“Throughout my career, I did the things I thought were good for Rome and Floyd County … This is by far the best deal we ever put together,” Smith said.

The county’s legislative delegation will submit a bill proposing the Paul Smith Interchange during the 2018 Georgia General Assembly session. Board members also restated the county’s 2012 resolution that all current and future segments of the bypass be named Veterans Memorial Highway.

“We want to make sure that stays a commitment by this commission,” Wallace said.

Commissioners also heard a presentation from Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful Director Mary Hardin Thornton, which included an announcement of an electronics recycling collection Saturday.

Residents may call 706-291-5266 to make an appointment to drop off televisions, computers and electronic components at the Rome-Floyd Recycling Center, 405 Watters St.

Thornton said the last collection, in March, drew 196 vehicles with 21,000 pounds of electronics, including 251 pounds of keyboards and mice.

“It’s worth it to make that call and just spend 10 minutes driving through, to keep all that out of the landfill,” she said.