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Clinic plans grand opening
Houston County Courier - May 2009
TRINITY – “After a busy weekend of moving we are glad to finally have our doors open for business.”
That’s the word from Warren Robicheaux, ETMC-Trinity administrator, after the new ETMC First Physicians Clinic in Trinity opened to its patients on Monday, April 20. It’s a feeling shared by the clinic physicians and staff, as well.
The new clinic measures 7,679 square feet, and connects to the hospital, providing greater convenience for physicians and patients alike. Located at 315 Prospect Drive, appointments at the new clinic can be made by calling 936-594-3595.
Plans are underway for a grand opening ribbon cutting and community open house, scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27. More details will be announced in advertisements closer to the open house date.
The clinic provides space for five full-time physicians or mid-level healthcare providers, including Dr. Lawrence Quan, family medicine specialist, David Price, certified physician assistant, and Nita Ragle, certified physician assistant.
Two physicians will be new additions to the clinic. They are internal medicine specialist Dr. David B. Mandel, who has also moved into the clinic and is accepting new patients, and pediatrician Dr. Amol Deshpande, who anticipates beginning his practice as an ETMC First Physician at the new clinic in May.
In addition to these five full-time caregivers, Dr. Ray Chen, general surgeon, will continue to see patients at the clinic on a part-time basis.
Construction, furnishings and other equipment for the new ETMC First Physicians Clinic in Trinity represent a $2 million investment in the community’s healthcare services. The clinic will be owned by the Trinity Memorial Hospital District.
Members of the current Trinity Memorial Hospital District board are: Dave Ward (President), Larry King (Vice President), Travis Starr (Secretary), Jim Rippey, Marguery Williams, Lois Saldana, Carlyn Bluis, Cheryl Spearman, and Tommy Turner.
“The new clinic doubled the size of the front of our hospital,” Robicheaux said. “We are proud to offer such a modern and beautiful clinic, staffed by excellent physicians and physician assistants, for our community.”
ETMC Trinity is part of a regional system of hospitals that seeks to maximize the quality and level of care offered by each community’s hospital.
Other ETMC hospitals include those in Athens, Carthage, Clarksville, Crockett, Fairfield, Gilmer, Jacksonville, Mount Vernon, Quitman, Rusk, and Tyler.