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Published Tue, Jan 01, 2013 08:00 PM
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Johnston Medical Mall celebrates ten years

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Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield opened 10 years ago and Johnston Health is hosting a month-long series of health talks by the surgeons, specialists and other medical providers who see patients in the mall or have a connection to services.

Johnston Health spokeswoman, Suzette Rodriguez said the Health Chats will last about an hour and will include a period of questions and answers. Light refreshments will be served.

The series is free and open to the public. However, space is limited. To register for a particular presentation, visit johnstonhealth.org. Go to the classes and events page, then click on the subheading for Johnston Medical Mall Celebration.

The Johnston Medical Mall is the hub of outpatient services for the hospital and home of HealthQuest Fitness and Wellness Center.

The building has 244,163 square feet and sits on 15 acres.

The Johnston Medical Mall is no ordinary space. It’s got history, character and purpose. It’s also a place where people walk, come to learn, and can grab lunch or a cup of coffee, according to Rodriquez.

Before it was the Medical Mall, the building was a textile mill for 88 years. Burlington Industries owned and operated the site for the longest period of time—56 years before closing in 1997.

After the company left town, then-hospital administrator Leland Farnell envisioned the shuttered plant as an affordable space in which to expand services. A few years later, the hospital’s board of trustees approved a development plan and, through the county, purchased the property in March 2000 for $2.7 million.

After an extensive $15.8 million renovation, the Medical Mall opened in 2003 with HealthQuest Fitness and Wellness Center as its anchor. During the last 10 years, the hospital has gradually up-fitted the mall with outpatient services and medical practices.

Out of public view, much of the interior space of the building is used for Johnston Health support services, including the accounting and billings offices. Below the ground floor, a large basement is the site of the general store, which stocks supplies that the health care system needs to operate. And the Early Learning Center, a day care open to the public, is located behind the mall.

The mall is located at 509 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., across the street from Johnston Medical Center-Smithfield.

Here’s a look at the presentations scheduled as part of the Medical Mall’s celebration.

•  “My Aching Knees: Evaluating and Treating Osteoarthritis” by Dr. Daniel Vande Lune, 7 p.m. Jan. 8;

•  A Panel Discussion: “What You Should Know About Diabetes” featuring Dr. Dennis Koffer, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Dr. Octavio Cieza, Dr. Mark G. Bowling, and Dr. Marie-Luise Zaldivar, 7 p.m Jan. 15;

•  “Keeping Your Family Healthy” by Angela Allen, family nurse practitioner, 7 p.m. Jan. 17;

•  “What Every Woman Should Know About Her Heart” by Dr. Eric Janis, 11 a.m. Jan. 22;

•  “What You Need to Know About Cancer” by Dr. Russell Anderson, and Dr. Charles Scarantino, 7 p.m. Jan. 22;

•  “Walking With Diabetes: How the Disease Can Affect Your Feet” by Dr. Chukwuma Ukata, 7 p.m. Jan. 24.

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  • Johnston Health is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield is the hub of outpatient services for the hospital and home of HealthQuest Fitness and Wellness Center.

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