The University of Alabama opened a new primary health care clinic in Sumter County Thursday, the sixth location for its University Medical Center in West Alabama.

In a Thursday news release, Dr. Richard Friend said the UMC is the largest multispecialty medical practice in the region and treats more than 150,000 patients annually at their locations in Tuscaloosa, Northport, Demopolis, Fayette, Carrollton and now Livingston, Alabama.

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Friend, who is the dean of the University's College of Community Health Sciences, said bringing effective and accessible health care services to more communities in the area is a top priority for the UMC, especially in West Alabama's more rural counties.

“Our mission at UMC is to help improve the health of individuals and communities in rural Alabama, and expanding access to care in Livingston, particularly in primary health care, is one way we are meeting that mission,” Friend said.

The new clinic is open now at 711 North Washington Street in Livingston and will operate Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Livingston Mayor Thomas Tartt welcomed the UMC's new clinic to his city of around 3,500 residents and said he expected it to continue to grow in the years to come.

“We are very excited to have University Medical Center in our community to provide expanded health care opportunities in Livingston, for the university and for the entire county,” Tartt said. “Any time you can offer more choices and places to receive medical services, it’s always a plus.”

New patients can schedule an appointment at 205-348-4055 or visit their new website.

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