Community Celebrates opening of James G. Barrett Medical Office Building
Friday, April 11 was a day of celebration for many at Atlantic General
Hospital and within the Worcester County community, as local elected officials
and chambers of commerce commemorated the grand opening of the new James
G. Barrett Medical Office Building with a ribbon cutting ceremony and
building dedication. Not even a power outage caused by a downed utility
pole that lasted more than an hour dampened attendees’ spirits.
Recognition of the hospital’s 15th anniversary was held in conjunction
with the event, with tours, free health screenings, face painting and
a visit from Lollipop the Clown.
The 42,000-sq.-foot Barrett Medical Office Building, named in honor of
the late James G. Barrett, was a dream for the former Worcester County
Commissioner and member of the hospital board of directors. A proponent
of the Atlantic General long before it was even built, Barrett had envisioned
a central medical office complex on the hospital’s campus that offered
convenience and comfort as well as specialized services.
Barrett was taken by cancer before the building was constructed, but his
vision lived on. The new building brings to the community a new Wound
Care Center, the Atlantic Endoscopy Center and the developing Women’s
Health Center as well as the independent offices of Chesapeake Eye Center
and Neurological Associates. Coastal Drug Center and Coffee Beanery also
occupies space within the building.