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Connally dives into urgent-care pool
Wilson County NewsOctober 16, 2013 | 4,327 views | 2 comments
Consistent with its continued mission of reaching more of Wilson County’s health-care consumers, the Wilson Memorial Hospital District board of directors has given the go-ahead for the Connally Memorial Medical Center to establish an urgent-care clinic in La Vernia. Brian Burnside, the hospital’s chief executive officer, told the board at an Oct. 10 special meeting that the goal is to open the clinic -- currently known as the “La Vernia Health Center” -- before Dec. 31.
Burnside said the hospital is in negotiations related to the terms of a five-year lease -- with two optional five-year renewals -- of a former doctor’s office in a retail center on U.S. 87 near the Lifechek Pharmacy. The 4,700-square-foot suite comes completely finished with features, including eight exam rooms, an X-ray machine, and laboratory equipment. The monthly rent for the first five years is $5,891.
Current plans are for the clinic to be open evenings Monday through Friday, and one weekend day. Services will be available on a walk-in basis and will include on-site X-rays, suturing for minor lacerations, basic sprain and fracture care, pain management, immunizations, occupational medicine, and more.
The La Vernia Health Center’s Dec. 31 goal comes within striking distance of the opening of another urgent-care clinic being planned for the La Vernia area. San Antonio-based Fossil Creek Urgent Care, which maintains a clinic of the same name in the city’s Stone Oak area, is planning to open its second location of Eagle Ford Urgent Care Jan. 1, 2014. In a telephone interview, Joel Kaye -- who, along with business partner Brian Johnson, owns Fossil Creek -- said the company is negotiating to lease space in the H-E-B shopping center near the corner of U.S. 87 and F.M. 1346 in La Vernia.
Kaye said the La Vernia location will be the second of several planned for counties located within the Eagle Ford shale oil- and natural-gas play. The first such clinic is set to open Nov. 1 in Floresville, in Dr. Bhavesh Shah’s former podiatry clinic on U.S. 181 near Plum Street.
Kaye said Shah is renting the building to Fossil Creek, which will offer services similar to those being offered at Connally’s urgent-care clinic, except that Eagle Ford Urgent Care is set to be open seven days a week. It will be staffed with three physicians and three nurse practitioners, he said.
In attendance: Board members Ronnie Eckel, Tommy Soriero, Tom Miller, Larry Richardson, and Keith Johanson; Chief of Staff Emily Frye, Chief Executive Officer Brian Burnside, Administrative Assistant Shirley Bienek, Interim Finance Director Jamie Jacoby, Chief Nursing Officer Celeste Brizzee, Human Resources and Risk Management Director Dane Bonecutter, Dr. Jim Brand of Victoria Emergency Associates, Director of Physician Practice Operations Brandi Nutt, and Executive Director of Ancillary Services Thomas Repino
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