UTHCT celebrates construction of clinic in Gladewater

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

East Texas elected leaders and UTHSCT officials are shown in front of the sign for the University Physician Associates Clinic at Gladewater. From left are UTHSCT Physician in Chief Dr. David Coultas, Gladewater Mayor John Paul Tallent, Gladewater City Manager Jay Stokes, Gladewater Chamber of Commerce President Cisco Frierson, State Rep. Tommy Merritt, UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun, Gregg County Commissioner Bob Barbee, UTHSCT Director for Clinical Operations Albert Esparsen, Gladewater City Councilman Jimmy Williams, and Jeanette Deas Calhoun.

GLADEWATER – About 50 people attended a “construction celebration” held Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the site of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler’s clinic, 112 N. Lee St. in Gladewater.

“We are now celebrating the start of construction of the University Physician Associates Clinic at Gladewater. The Health Center has served this area for a long time, and we want to provide more services locally,” UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun said during the brief ceremony.

UPA is a physician practice associated with UTHSCT.

“This family medicine clinic, which also will offer specialty services such as cardiology and geriatrics, will enable you to receive these services right here in your own community,” he said.

State Rep. Tommy Merritt, R-Longview, also spoke, praising Dr. Calhoun for his “vision for rural Texas” and the “renowned experts” at UTHSCT.

“When Dr. Calhoun comes to the Legislature and asks for money to help people in Northeast Texas, and then opens clinics like this, he walks the walk,” Rep. Merritt said.

“Dr. Calhoun is not only a medical professional, but he has a great heart. This facility, UT Health Science Center, has a great heart,” he said.

Albert Esparsen, UTHSCT director for clinical operations, said the clinic will be staffed by a family medicine provider, and specialists will be available on an as-needed basis, Esparsen said.

The clinic is about 3,000 square feet and has nine exam rooms.

The Gladewater clinic should be completed, weather permitting, by the end of February 2008, and is scheduled to open for business in March 2008, he said.

Other East Texas officials attending the celebration included Gregg County Commissioner Bob Barbee, Gladewater Mayor John Paul Tallent, Gladewater City Council Member Jimmy Williams, Gladewater City Manager Jay Stokes, and Gladewater Chamber of Commerce President Cisco Frierson.

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