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Right now, Roberta only has two general physicians. For specialized doctors, most people have to drive more than 25 miles to Macon.

But now, the Flint Professional Group is working to build a 24,000 square foot facility called the Milton B. Hatcher Medical Complex, that will house a pharmacy, and offices for specialists such as eye doctors, dentists, and audiologists.

"It's basically a one-stop shop," explains David Mincey from Flint.

The center is named after a Macon doctor who helped found the Mercer Medical School, and who advocated for health care in rural areas.

His daughter, Kathleen Hatcher Cook, says that's what they're hoping the center will do for Roberta.

"We're one of the most underserved counties in the state," she said.

The center will be located at the corner of highways 80 and 341 in Roberta. They're also opening a senior assisted living center nextdoor, called Hydrangeas Senior Living. The cost for both projects is estimated at around $5 million.

They're expecting the project to be completed in around 8-10 months, and say they are using local subcontractors.

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