SEVIERVILLE — UT Medical Center is working on a major expansion of its urgent care and primary care center on Middle Creek, just six years after it opened the facility.

They’re adding a new, two-story wing to the building, covering about 18,410 square feet of space.

The plans include more offices for primary care physicians as well as more space for the specialists that come to the facility to see patients, said Dr. Steven Ross, senior vice president for strategic development for the University Medical System.

It will also include a new pharmacy and relocation for the urgent care center.

“We’re making it larger and we’re moving to the front so it will be visible from Middle Creek Road,” he said.

The center had been in the rear of the facility; moving to the front will make it more accessible.

It has proved to be a popular feature at that location; since opening it has shifted from an after hours clinic to an urgent care facility that’s open from 9 a.m. to 9 pm., seven days a week.

The pharmacy is another new feature they’re happy to be adding.

“It will serve anybody but it’s really going to serve the patients coming in and out of that building,” he said.

With services including chemotherapy on site and specialists in several fields who see patients there, the pharmacy is set up to provide specialized medicine that they can’t always get filled easily, Ross explained.

In addition to those changes, they’re also adding more offices and more primary care physicians, as well as more labs and equipment for specialists who see patients there.

It didn’t take them long after opening to see there was enough demand to justify an expansion to all their services, Ross said.

“When we opened, the people of Sevier County and the surrounding counties responded to our presence in a very enthusiastic manner,” he said.

“We outgrew that building two and a half years after we built it.”

Contact Jeff at jfarrell@themountainpress.com or Twitter at @jeffmtnpress

Contact Jeff at jfarrell@themountainpress.com or Twitter at @jeffmtnpress