University Health Clinic celebrates expansion with open house

Thursday, March 28, 2013

In the clinic’s new waiting area, members of the UHC medical staff, the expansion’s architect, and members of the firm that built it pose with administrators from UT Health Northeast and UT Tyler. From left are Paulia Jacobs, NP; Jesse Acosta, associate vice president for administration, UT Tyler; Jonathan Buttram, MD; Michael Barham, Barham Architects, LLC; Paul Sharkey, MD; UT Health Northeast President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun; Blake Curtis, construction manager, UT Health Northeast; Joey Garrett, Garrett & Associates; Christine Powell, MD; Eric Olmstead, Garrett & Associates; Howard Patterson, Ph.D, vice president for administration and government relations, UT Tyler; and David Hullum, associate vice president for business development, UT Health Northeast.

About 25 people attended an open house held Thursday, March 28, 2013, to celebrate the $1.5 million expansion of University Health Clinic (UHC). It is located at 3310 Patriot Drive, near the corner of University Boulevard and Patriot Drive on the campus of the University of Texas at Tyler.

“Buildings are wonderful. But the most important thing is the people. We have great doctors, great nurses, and exceptional staff. That’s what makes University Health Clinic very special,” UT Health Northeast President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun told the crowd.

Howard Patterson, Ph.D, vice president for administration and government relations at UT Tyler, said, “We are blessed to have this partnership with UT Health Northeast."

Dr. Patterson added that Tyler is the only place where a UT System health institution provides medical care for the students of a UT university.

UHC is a collaboration between UT Health Northeast (The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler) and UT Tyler. It houses two clinics: the University Physician Associates (UPA) Clinic, which is open to the public, and the UT Tyler Student Health Clinic. UHC opened in spring 2006.

“In the past three years, appointments at University Health Clinic have grown by 18 percent. With this $1.5 expansion, we can offer more services and allow for future growth,” said David Hullum, associate vice president for business development at UT Health Northeast.

He stressed that the expansion was built by Garrett & Associates General Contractors, Ltd., of Tyler, using only local contractors and subcontractors

The expansion increased the size of UHC from 10,000 square feet to 13,500 square feet. A new digital mammography suite, four new pediatric allergy exam rooms (for a total of 14 exam rooms, including a procedure room), and an expanded waiting area fill the 6,100 square feet of new and renovated space.

The UPA Clinic offers services in family medicine, allergy care, rheumatology, and cardiology. Allergy testing, radiology, digital mammography, and laboratory services are provided on site. The student clinic is available to serve the health care needs of students enrolled at UT Tyler.

For more than 60 years, UT Health Northeast has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UT Health Northeast’s annual operating budget of $138.8 million represents a major economic impact of over $347 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $120 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UT Health Northeast is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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