Saluda Family Medicine has opened in Polk County, filling a void in local medical care since the Saluda Medical Clinic closed four years ago after nearly 40 years in the small but bustling hamlet.
Family physician Lisa Broyles, MD, and staff at the new Saluda Family Medicine practice invite friends, family and patients to drop by to tour the office and enjoy refreshments during a communitywide open house and ribbon cutting celebration from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday.
The new medical practice, which opened for patients April 17, is located at 1347 Ozone Drive, Suite 2, not far from I-26. Located in a building owned and renovated by father and son Don and Sean Mintz of Don Mintz Builders LLC, the doctor’s office is designed and decorated to appeal to all ages.
Meeting almost daily with the builders as construction progressed, Broyles said the new office has a warm, inviting and “homey feel” so that patients will be comfortable.
The pediatric treatment room features fun art and bright colors while another treatment room features photos of her travels on medical mission trips.
Throughout the office, original artwork by Polk County artist Jean Wright is featured, as well as photos of Saluda long ago, offered by the Saluda Historical Society.
“During construction, I dropped by often to check on the progress,” said Broyles. “Now, I’m just so excited to be open and do what I love!”
The new office features three treatment rooms, a small lab, a staff break room, comfortable lobby and reception area. Her office features a beautiful desk made by her husband, also a physician. On the desk, she points out, are a fern and card of congratulations from her proud grandmother.
Despite a few “bugs” in the phone system, Broyles, Rhonda Alford and Mary Wooten, both certified medical assistants, are greeting new patients on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As the practice grows, a physician assistant will see patients Mondays and Wednesdays. The office will be closed Fridays.
Caring for patients from infancy to the golden years, Broyles looks forward to providing multi-generational care and wellness through nutrition, lifestyle and prevention. She is certified in functional medicine and believes in a holistic approach to family care.
When not in the office, Broyles enjoys trail running, gardening and homesteading. She and her family — husband, Brad, and children Adison and Ethne — have been a part of Saluda for more than two years. An Asheville native, Broyles graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and from Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.
She has practiced family medicine in Johnson City, Tennessee and urgent care and occupational medicine in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Greer, South Carolina.
Saluda Family Medicine, a member of St. Luke’s Physician Network, was initiated during last year’s strategic planning process by the St. Luke’s Hospital Board of Trustees after a third-party consultant identified the need in Polk County for additional access to primary care. Trends in the health care industry point to the need for preventive care.
Recruiting primary care physicians is often challenging for small communities like Saluda and rural hospitals like St. Luke’s Hospital in Columbus, said hospital Chief Executive Officer Jim Bross.
“But improved access to primary care has been a focus and goal for our Trustees throughout the strategic planning process,” Bross said. “We are extremely pleased to open this new physician practice and make medical care convenient to residents in the Saluda area.”
Broyles agreed. “I’m very excited about this opportunity, not just for me, but for the people of Saluda.”