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Surgeon coming to ETMC-Trinity
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TRINITY – A general surgeon is scheduled to begin practicing in Trinity and Crockett by mid-November, it was announced Monday during the Trinity Memorial Hospital District’s board of directors meeting. Warren Robicheaux, administrator of the East Texas Medical Center-Trinity, told the board the Dr. Bob Carlson of Sterling, Colo., had agreed to relocate his practice to this region and had already found a house in the Lovelady area. “He’s originally from Texas – the Valley area, I believe – and he wanted to come back to this state,” Robicheaux told the board. While he will be working out of both the Trinity and Crockett hospitals, Robicheaux said he was particularly excited about coming to Trinity. ETMC currently is building a new 15-bed patient wing as well as a new operating suite at the local hospital and Robicheaux said Carlson sees this as an opportunity to help build a surgical program “from the ground up.” “We will be sharing him with Crockett but I think the new operating room facilities here in Trinity are what really sold him on coming to this area,” Robicheaux said. Because Carlson has been working in a relatively small community, he is familiar with a wide range of surgical procedures. “Surgeons who practice in larger communities – even general surgeons – tend to end up specializing in one or two procedures,” he said. Among the procedures that Robicheaux said would be offered locally when Carlson begins work will include gastro-intestinal (GI) procedures, appendectomies, gall bladder surgery and hernia operations. In other business during the board meeting, a brief update on the ongoing hospital renovation program was presented. It was reported that ETMC was attempting to schedule a state inspection of work on the new patient wing/operating suite as well as the new kitchen/dining room for mid November. Such inspections are performed when work is about 80 percent complete to insure that plumbing, electrical and other systems have been installed properly. Once the new kitchen/dining room is opened on the south side of the hospital, work will kick off on a new pediatric clinic. Under the current plan, the hospital’s administrative offices and conference room will be moved into the space used by the existing kitchen and dining room. The existing administrative space will then be converted into a pediatric clinic and will become a part of the ETMC clinic that is attached to the hospital. In other business, Robicheaux reported that during the month of September, the hospital treated 22 patients under its indigent or charity programs and provided $99,000 in free or reduced cost care to them. Only one of the 22 patients were admitted to the hospital with the remainder receiving treatment through the emergency room.