Dr. Matthew Hitchcock is preparing to begin a long-awaited expansion of his business, but he hasn’t quite found his new location — he kind of found it.
“I got a cold call from a realtor in 2020,” said Hitchcock, who started Hitchcock Family Practice in 2015. “That’s how this whole long ordeal started.”
It ended last month when, according to Hamilton County records, HFP paid $1.6 million for the former Ryan’s Steakhouse and Crazy Buffet location at 5104 Hixson Pike.
“I’ve wanted to do this for a while,” Hitchcock said. “We were running out of square footage.”
Hitchcock estimated renovations to the nearly 11,000 square foot building will cost an additional $1 million. He expects the new building to open next spring.
Hitchcock Family Medicine set to move into former restaurant
A graduate of the McCallie School, Hitchcock joined the United States Navy after earning his undergraduate degree in microbiology from Clemson University. He earned his MD from the University of Tennessee and spent seven years in the Navy in California before returning to Chattanooga.
It opened its first HFP site in Hixson in 2015, followed by the Eastgate site four years later.
He said he was the only doctor in the practice at first, but the practice now has three other doctors, a physiotherapist who splits his time between Hixson and Eastgate, two nurses and two pharmacists.
“The two buildings we have now are about 5,000 square feet in total,” he said. “Bringing everyone together under one roof, where we can look after each other and support each other, will be gold.”
Hitchcock said the practice will have room in the new location for another family doctor. He also hopes to expand HFM’s offerings by adding a dietitian and a mental health professional, and transform the prescription service available to HFM patients into a comprehensive, open-to-all pharmacy.
“Our patients would still get the best deals, but any doctor could send in a prescription,” Hitchcock said. “I hope this will reduce prescription costs for patients.”
Hitchcock also wants to dedicate some of his new space to what he called less expensive “cash-only” imaging services.
“I’m thrilled to be able to do this,” he said. “We hope to offer a simpler process that will certainly be competitive, if not outright cheaper, than insurance. You would pay a lump sum, upfront, and you wouldn’t have to worry about receiving a bill longer than six weeks. later – no hassle, no headaches, much easier.”