HOLLY SPRINGS — A facility heralded as a “one-stop shop” for health care opened on Monday, following a community preview on Saturday.

WellStar Cherokee Health Park at Holly Springs began welcoming patients at the gleaming new facility on Monday. It was the first of a series of staggered openings of services in the four-story, 112,000-square-foot building, said Guillermo Sanabia, executive director of the company’s health parks in Acworth, Holly Springs and another under construction in Alpharetta.

At a reception Saturday afternoon, WellStar executives stressed the convenience of their health park concept, which the company introduced in 2014.

During a tour of the facility, Sanabia pointed out that the urgent care portion of the facility is separated from the imaging department by a short hallway, meaning urgent care patients are seconds away from X-rays and more sophisticated imaging like CT scans.

On the second floor, which will open Sept. 16, family physician offices and pediatrics are likewise just steps away from specialists in disciplines like ear, nose and throat, audiology and more.

The third floor will open Sept. 23 and houses cardiac care, a sleep center and more.

The fourth floor is starting out empty, but isn’t expected to stay that way for long as the health park grows.

An orientation for health park employees was held on Thursday, Sanabia said, and he asked how many of the 140 staff in attendance live in Cherokee County and nearly all raised their hands.

“Ninety percent of the people who work here, live here,” Sanabia said.

WellStar officials said the Cherokee Health Park at Holly Springs is expected to see more than 100,000 patients in its first year.

Dr. Mark Salsberry, medical director for WellStar’s urgent care facilities said the company’s health parks see more than 700,000 patients a year. The urgent care department at the Cherokee health park will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. seven days per week, he said.

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Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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