New clinic doctors aim for patient convenience
By Jan Jarvis
The physicians who staff the new UT Southwestern Clinical Center – Richardson/Plano share the goal of delivering compassionate care in a setting that makes medical services convenient to neighborhood residents.
When the Clinical Center opened earlier this month across from UT Dallas, it expanded access to UT Southwestern services for the community, including UTSW employees and their families, said Dr. Rudy Nelson Lea Jr., Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine.
“The biggest advantage of working in the new Richardson facility is that it will allow me to bring the high-quality service of UTSW into the local community and deliver it on a primary-care level,” he said. “And I have the support and expertise of UTSW available to address any medical concerns.”
Dr. Lea, who has practiced family medicine in North Texas since 2000, is one of two physicians to initially staff the 15,000-square-foot center at 3030 Waterview Parkway, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
But that’s just the beginning.
“Over the course of the next 18 months, we will be adding many other physicians and clinical specialties to the site as we expand care opportunities into the community,” said Dr. Bruce Meyer, Executive Vice President for Health System Affairs at UT Southwestern.
Dr. Lea initially has been joined by Dr. Zarmina Aman, who provides obstetrical and gynecological care at the Clinical Center. Dr. Aman, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received her medical degree in Pakistan and moved to the U.S. to complete her residency at St. John’s Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. Her interests include adolescent gynecology, perimenopause, and minimally invasive surgery.
In addition, two UTSW faculty members work at the clinic once a week: Dr. Tam Truong, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who received his medical degree from UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Methodist Dallas Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital; and Dr. Xercerla Littles, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.
Patients can turn to these physicians for preventive care as well as for treatment of medical problems ranging from sinus infections to twisted ankles. They’ll also be able to get mammograms, well-woman exams, and obstetrical care.
Dr. Lea expects to treat common health problems, manage chronic illnesses such as diabetes, and enhance coordination of patient care.
As a family medicine physician, he said he approaches his patients with the same kind of compassion that he would have for a relative. The conversation may be different, depending on the patient’s age and medical condition, but the approach is with understanding and care, Dr. Lea said.
It’s that same kind of attitude that Dr. Aman plans to bring to her role at the UT Southwestern clinic.
“I hope to bring genuine compassion and excellent care to the community,” Dr. Aman said. “My patients should know that I am fully committed to support them throughout all changes of their reproductive lives.”
Dr. Truong has been providing obstetrical and gynecological care to area patients since 1991, when he joined the UTSW faculty. With the opening of the Richardson-Plano center, Dr. Truong said he’ll be able to take care of more patients as the community discovers all the services that UTSW provides beyond research and education.
“For years, UTSW has been providing wonderful clinical services, but people didn’t realize it,” Dr. Truong said. “Now the University can reach out to the community and let people know we’re here and available to them.”
The UT Select benefit
When employees and covered family members in the UT Select Network receive care from a UT Southwestern physician or at a UTSW facility, out-of-pocket costs are greatly reduced or eliminated. The cost is just $10 for primary-care (previously $30) and $10 for specialist (previously $35) office visits. There are no out-of-pocket costs for inpatient and outpatient care.
Emergency room visits still require a $150 copayment. There’s a $2,500 deductible for inpatient bariatric surgery and a $5,000 deductible for outpatient bariatric surgery.
To make an appointment with a UT Southwestern physician, contact Patient and Physician Referral Services (PPRS) at 214-645-8300. Please note: the PPRS is for new patients or established patients who are going to a new clinic. Patients established with a UTSW doctor or clinic should make the appointment by calling the clinic directly or using MyChart to schedule appointments.