The Maude L Whatley Health Center in Alabama, US, has announced a $2.4m renovation and expansion.

The 8,600ft2 expansion will add more exam rooms and create larger waiting rooms.

The expansion also adds space for a training classroom, more office space and additional parking, health centre officials said.

The project, which is being paid for with a $2.4m federal capital development grant, began in December 2011 and is expected to completed by 2012.

Service will continue during the construction period, but certain areas of the clinic will be blocked off as they are renovated.

The facility is currently 15,500ft2, and will grow to 24,100ft2 once the work is complete.

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Whatley Health Service is a private, non-profit, community health centre that provides primary health care services to the medically underserved residents of West Alabama.

CEO Deborah Tucker said the expansion will improve the overall condition of the area and expand its capacity to see patients.

"We just don’t have enough exam rooms for everything we are trying to do. Our lobbies are very crowded and we didn’t have enough rooms for case management," Tucker added.

Maude Whatley nurse practitioner Parthenia Oliver added that the expansion may decrease the waiting time for patients.

The facility was built in 1981, and renovated and expanded in 1989. A dental centre was added in 2006.