River Valley Primary Care Services held a grand opening Jan. 25 of its Mulberry Family Clinic 4,000-square-foot expansion.

RVPCS opened the clinic at 437 North Main Street Dec. 1, said RVPCS Chief Executive Officer Jerry White. Construction on the building was completed in November, he said.

“The response has been fantastic from the people of Mulberry and the surrounding area,” White said. “It’s a real ‘shot in the arm’ for Mulberry to have the construction and it brings new life to the community.”

Opening the expansion has been part of the River Valley Primary Care Services Board’s five-year plan since the medical group took over the clinic in 2009, White said.

With 1,000 more square feet than the old clinic, which sits next to the new expansion, RVPCS is able to employ a third provider at the clinic, White said. This allows the clinic to serve more clients, he said.

Total cost for the expansion was about $750,000, White said. The new clinic has 10 exam rooms and a saferoom, he said.

RVPCS seeks rural areas such as Mulberry to open its clinics in an effort to provide easier access to medical care, White said.

White noted that transportation often is an issue for people who live in rural areas, especially the elderly. Mulberry’s clinic also sits across the street from Medi Quik Pharmacy.

“That makes it convenient - it’s not an all day affair when they need to go to the doctor,” White said.

Offices for clinical support personnel are now housed in the old clinic, and office access also is granted to the University of Arkansas for Medical Science pediatric cardiologist to see area patients, White said.

RVPCS broke ground on the expansion on Thursday, June 2. The old clinic has been at its location since 1962, White said.