UT Southwestern to open first of two new satellite clinics
By Jan Jarvis
UT Southwestern Medical Center patients and employees living in the Richardson, Plano, and Park Cities areas soon will be able to get world-class health care close to home.
In October, UT Southwestern plans to open its first neighborhood Clinical Center across from UT Dallas in north Richardson. A second center is targeted to open in January in the Park Cities.
Both Clinical Centers will offer a mix of primary and specialty care. They will be operated on patient-centered medical home principles, a holistic approach to health care that focuses on the management of chronic illnesses and the coordination of care so individuals stay healthier while avoiding costly hospitalizations.
“We recognized that in order to effectively serve our community, we needed to have more services placed off campus where they can be more accessible,” said Dr. Bruce Meyer, Executive Vice President for Health System Affairs and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “At the same time, it improves efficiency and promises a more comprehensive way of taking care of patients.
“We believe this philosophy will improve outcomes, decrease costs, and ultimately we will be able to take better care of our patients.”
The Richardson/Plano Clinical Center will provide primary adult and women’s health care when the facility opens. Plans call for rotating specialists in sports medicine, cancer, and behavioral health to join the staff in 2013.
It’s the first of several neighborhood clinics that will take UT Southwestern’s clinical expertise into communities throughout North Texas. Also being considered in the future is a clinic to be located near UT Arlington.
The Richardson facility, at 3030 Waterview Parkway, is across the street from UT Dallas. The area is an ideal location to launch the first neighborhood Clinical Center, said Randy Jones, Associate Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Ambulatory Care.
“We know we have a lot of patients who live north of Interstate 635,” he said. “Our goal is to provide convenient care and a medical home where their health care is carefully coordinated.”
The Park Cities clinic will be located at 8611 Hillcrest Road and will initially provide adult primary care, Ob/Gyn care, and cardiology care. Mammography and general radiology services also will be offered, along with other internal medicine specialties based upon demand.
For UT employees, the neighborhood Clinical Centers offer a convenient way to access world-class medical care. They’re also a cost-saving option since employees with UT Select Network coverage pay just $10 for office visits, with no out-of-pocket costs for inpatient and outpatient care.
UT Southwestern Clinical Center – Richardson//Plano
- Targeted to open in October
- 15,000 square feet, expanding to 41,000 square feet by mid-2013
- Physician staffing will include adult primary care, women’s health care, and rotating specialists in sports medicine, behavioral health, and cancer
- Services to include mammography, general radiology, infusions, physical therapy
- 8 examining, 4 procedure, and 2 consultation rooms
UT Southwestern Clinical Center – Park Cities
- Targeted to open in January
- 13,000 square feet
- Physician staffing will include adult primary care, women’s health care, cardiology, and rotating specialists in other internal medicine disciplines
- Services to include cardiac imaging, mammography, radiology
- Up to 17 examining, 4 procedure rooms