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New ETMC clinic opens in Trinity
Trinity Standard - June 2009
TRINITY – The new 7,679 square foot ETMC First Physicians Clinic formally opened last week following an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony.
Although the new facility has been in use since April 20, officials with the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System and the Trinity Memorial Hospital District came together May 27 for a formal dedication ceremony.
“No matter where you live in East Texas – whether in a city on a highly rural area – ETMC’s mission is to ensure that quality healthcare is available to you,” said Elmer C. Ellis, president and CEO of the ETMC Regional Healthcare System.
“The new First Physicians Clinic illustrates that mission in action,” he added.
During the program, Ellis unveiled a plaque honoring the partnership of spirit and service between ETMC and the Trinity Memorial Hospital District.
It read: “East Texas Medical Center Trinity and the ETMC Foundation acknowledge with gratitude the generous support of the Trinity Memorial Hospital District in benefit of the ETMC First Physicians Clinic and all it serves.”
Members of the hospital district’s board were recognized during the ceremony.
The new clinic will provide space for up to five physicians or mid-level providers.
“The increased space compared to our previous clinic has allowed us to recruit two new physicians – internal medicine specialist Dr. David Mandel and pediatrician Dr. Amol Deshpande,” said Warren Robicheaux, ETMC-Trinity administrator.
Mandel has relocated his practice from Corpus Christi to Trinity while Deshpande moved his Trinity office into the new ETMC clinic.
They join Dr. Lawrence Quan, a family medicine practitioner, and certified physician assistants David Price and Nita Ragle in the clinic. General surgeon Dr. Ray Chen will continue to see patients at the clinic on a part-time basis.
Robicheaux noted that the clinic project represents a $2 million investment into the healthcare services of Trinity County.
“We are proud to offer such a modern and beautiful clinic, staffed by excellent physicians and physician assistants, for our community,” he said.
The new clinic, which was designed to complement the hospital, is also connected to it, Robicheaux said.
It was designed by Fitzpatrick Butler Architect, while the contractor was RPR Construction Co.
Located at 315 Prospect Drive, appointments at the new clinic can be made by calling (936) 594-3595.
The ETMC regional system serves Athens, Carthage, Clarksville, Crockett, Fairfield, Gilmer, Henderson, Jacksonville, Mount Vernon, Pittsburg, Quitman, Trinity and Tyler.
For more information about the services offered by ETMC, visit its website at www.etmc.org.