New solar-powered sign lights the way to UT Physicians of Gladewater

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

GLADEWATER – Everyone is invited to the Thursday, July 7, 2011, dedication of a unique new solar-powered sign for UT Physicians of Gladewater. The dedication will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the sign, which is located at the intersection of U.S. 80 and Lee Street in Gladewater.

“We’re very pleased to have such an attractive sign and we’re proud of this example of community support and generosity,” said Wyn Andrews, MD, of UT Physicians of Gladewater. UTP is a physician practice associated with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

Joe Jones, a respected local businessman and director of Gladewater National Bank, owns the property on which the sign stands.

“I’m happy to give UTHSCT a spot for their sign. Dr. Wyn Andrews is a fine person and a good doctor, and I know the clinic is going to do well. The sign is solar-powered, and that’s a plus. I think it’s really good for Gladewater,” Jones said.

While this is not the first solar-powered sign in the area, it is the first to combine solar power with existing sign-building techniques, said the company who made it, Leon’s Signs, Inc.

Because solar panels on top of the sign provide the electricity to operate its dozens of white energy-saving LED lights, it doesn’t have to be hooked up to an electric line. The new sign points the way from U.S. 80 to UT Physicians of Gladewater, at 112 N. Lee St.

After brief remarks from UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun and Leon’s Signs owner Matt Nellenback, light refreshments will be served.

For more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million to the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2010, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 75 competitive grants and contracts totaling more than $14 million. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education program – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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