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ETMC First Physicians Clinic ribboncutting held


Trinity Plaque
Carlyn Bluis, Jim Rippey, Warren Robicheaux, Byron Hale, Dave Ward, Jerry Massey, Elmer Ellis, Larry King, Marguery Williams, Cheryl Spearman and Lois Saldana pose beside a commemorative plaque that was unveiled at the May 27 open house at the new ETMC First Physicians Clinic in Trinity.

Ribboncutting ceremonies were held May 27, 2009, during a community open house at the new ETMC First Physicians Clinic in Trinity, located adjacent to ETMC Trinity.
Construction of the new 7,679 square feet ETMC First Physicians Clinic was recently completed with finishing touches on the new parking lot and landscape plantings. However, patients have been seen in the new clinic since mid-April.

No matter where you live in East Texas...
“No matter where you live in East Texas – whether in a city or a highly rural area – ETMC’s mission is to ensure that quality healthcare is available to you,” said Elmer G. Ellis, president/CEO of the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System. “This new First Physicians Clinic illustrates that mission in action.”
Ellis unveiled a plaque at the event to honor the partnership of spirit and service between ETMC and the Trinity Memorial Hospital District. It reads:

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 ETMC Trinity board of directors and the Trinity Memorial Hospital District board were recognized during the ceremony for their advocacy of ETMC’s growth and outreach in Trinity County.

The new clinic will provide adequate 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. Drs. Mandel and Desphande join Dr. Lawrence Quan, family medicine, and certified physician assistants David Price and Nita Ragle in caring for clinic patients. General surgeon Dr. Ray Chen will continue to see patients at the clinic on a part-time basis.

A $2 Million Investment
The clinic project is an investment of $2 million into the healthcare services of Trinity County, Robicheaux noted. “We are proud to offer such a modern and beautiful clinic, staffed by excellent physicians and physician assistants, for our community.”

The new clinic, which was designed to complement the hospital, is also conveniently connected to it, Robicheaux said. The new clinic was designed by Fitzpatrick Butler Architects, while the contractor was RPR Construction Company. Located at 315 Prospect Drive, appointments at the new clinic can be made by calling 936-594-3595.

Originally posted May 29 2009