UT Southwestern opens satellite clinic in Park Cities
By Jan Jarvis
It’s just a short elevator ride to a new way of providing health care.
The new UT Southwestern Clinical Center - Park Cities, housed on the third floor of a building at 8611 Hillcrest Road, blends the comfort of a small neighborhood doctor’s office with the expertise of a world-renowned medical institution.
For patients, that means having a convenient medical home with the highest quality of care, said Dr. Thomas Andrews, a general cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center who works at the Clinical Center.
“They’ll get a high level of service, not unlike a boutique practice,” Dr. Andrews said. “But we have all the strength of UT Southwestern backing us.”
The clinic opened in late January with UT Southwestern physicians Dr. Thomas Hyslop, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Dr. Andrews, Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine. Other specialists are expected to join them. The specialties lend themselves to a close doctor-patient relationship that often spans decades.
“You’re establishing a long-term relationship, not seeing someone one time to take out an appendix,” Dr. Hyslop said. “When you see someone from their first pregnancy through menopause, you build a special bond with them.”
Similarly, patients with heart issues will find it a convenient way to forge a relationship with a cardiologist close to their home.
“It is world-class cardiovascular care in the neighborhood,” Dr. Andrews said.
With UT Southwestern just 7.5 miles away from the Park Cities location, patients have access to the latest technology and advanced medical services should they need care beyond what is available in the clinic.
This integrated approach to health care is something that sets UT Southwestern apart, Dr. Andrews said. Physicians from different specialties are able to talk easily with each other and coordinate care so that the patient gets the best treatment possible, he said. This is especially important for cardiac patients who also may have diabetes, high cholesterol, and other health problems requiring an integrated approach.
“We can make sure the whole picture, and not just a piece of it, is being addressed,” Dr. Andrews said. “I believe this allows us to provide a level of care that exceeds the average community cardiology group practice.”
The benefits of this approach are already being seen at the UT Southwestern Clinical Center - Richardson/Plano, said Dr. Bruce Meyer, Executive Vice President for Health System Affairs.
“Our new clinical site in Richardson has been rapidly growing and is being well-received and highly reviewed by patients and the community,” Dr. Meyer said. “We will be bringing that same level of patient-centered care to the Park Cities.”
Sports medicine services recently were added to the Richardson facility, where primary care and Ob/Gyn physicians have been on staff since its October opening. Dr. Robert Dimeff, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Family and Community Medicine, and Pediatrics, and Dr. William Robertson, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, joined the Richardson clinic in December.
Sports medicine services include evaluations and treatment for overuse and acute injuries, Dr. Dimeff said. Although surgery is not performed at the site, X-rays, advanced imaging, lab work, and physical therapy are available.
“We hope to improve the quality of sports medicine services delivered to the community,” Dr. Dimeff said.