Alcoa City Center adds Cherokee Health as tenants

Cherokee Health System is coming to the Alcoa City Center.

Cherokee, which specializes in providing primary medical care and behavioral care to customers, will consolidate two offices currently in Maryville.

Cherokee chief financial officer Jeff Howard said the move-in date is Sept. 1.

“We’re consolidating locations,” said Howard. “One is currently at the Good Sam Clinic, and the other is the Cherokee office on Smithview Drive,” he said. “Those are the two sites that we will combine.”

Howard said that after Cherokee took over management of Good Samaritan Clinic in June, they began talking about relocating to the Alcoa City Center. “We saw what they were doing with this location and all the other tenants on site and it seemed to make sense that it would be a very good place for us,” Howard said.

Cherokee chief executive officer Dr. Dennis Freeman said one of the things he found appealing is how the former Hall School has been renovated. “When someone takes an old piece of property tied to the community and does something new with it, it still has lots of the character of the old school,” he said. “There are still a lot of people who get emotional when they talk about it. The history that is there seems to make it a lot more of a community asset than a strip mall someone has built somewhere.”

Howard said Cherokee would use 10,736 square feet of space to “provide medical care and behavioral care in an integrated model,” he said.

Freeman said Cherokee is known for its integrated model. “We put behaviorists in the primary care team. So much of medicine is really behavior,” he said. “If you add a behaviorist , someone who is an expert in behavior change, you help the patient make the lifestyle changes they need to be healthy.”

The CFO said the building developer is paying for any renovations needed before Cherokee moves in to the Alcoa City Center. “For us, it’s going to be a monthly lease. We’re not having to put money up front. We talked to the developer, and he looked at different options,” Howard said. “What we came up with is paying a lease, and the developer will be responsible for all the construction costs. ”

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