A new chapter in healthcare was started Wednesday as the community celebrated the official groundbreaking of the new Baylor Scott & White Primary Care Clinic. The clinic, which will be located at 4431 E. U.S. Highway 287 between Waxahachie and Midlothian, is anticipated to open in August 2020.

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie President Will Turner said the clinic provides another healthcare resource that is needed in the community.

“We are excited. This is our latest installment for primary care for Ellis County,” he said. “This will be a new primary care clinic that will offer urgent care and what we call primary care 3.0, with up to 15 providers, to deliver quality care for the citizens,” Turner said. “Our primary care 3.0 model is a full encompassing team-based approach. It will have social workers; it will have mental health professionals and a lot of team members that are not just physicians to help you and make you better.”

Overall, the clinic will employ about 100 people with 15 of those doctors. The facility will be around 22,000 square feet when it is completed, with room to expand to accommodate future growth of the area.

“We believe that primary care and the relationship with your doctor is at the heart of making people better and having a healthier community,” Turner said. “So, this is us continuing to invest in that and expanding our clinic offerings, like I said, family care, outpatient imaging and our urgent care offerings.”

The existing Baylor Scott & White clinic that opened in Midlothian in 1986 will remain in operation, with the new facility an expansion of services available for residents, he said.

Baylor Scott & White CEO Jim Hinton shared Turner’s thoughts about the expansion and the impact it will have on the community.

“This is the fifth groundbreaking that I have done since joining Baylor Scott and White three years ago,” Hinton said. “This clinic is destined for amazing success.

“I am so pleased that we are stepping out and putting this clinic here in the midst of this amazing growth, in the midst of an economy that is so vital and vibrant in healthcare in the southern star of DFW,” he said. “I know that this is going to be wildly successful.”

The clinic will provide a “new way” of delivering primary care and will continue to foster an environment where physicians can learn from each other so the patient receives the best care possible, Hinton said, describing the day as “a great celebration.”

Dr. Glenn Ledbetter, chief medical officer with Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie, said Baylor Scott & White has been blessed with physicians and team members that reflect the health care provider’s core values and desire to ensure patients receive the right care every time. He said the clinic will take health care to a new level.

“This new clinic is really designed and built to the idea that Jim alluded to, that we are putting together the pieces needed to redefine how primary care is done, not only in this community but across Baylor Scott & White Health,” Ledbetter said. “At this particular clinic, we will have a process where you can meet other team members such as a dietitian or a health coach or a community health care worker. All of that will be resources that are going to be a part of this clinic.”

Ledbetter said there will be tools available to physicians, such as bringing in a specialist if needed through a virtual interface in a patient’s room. He said it’s been exciting to talk to young physicians who are coming to the area from organizations that didn’t have these resources about the opportunities with this clinic.

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie board chairman and former Midlothian mayor, Bill Houston, shared his enthusiasm about the project.

He said the clinic will provide a new level of convenience for people where they can obtain services locally for which they would otherwise have to travel, as well as meeting health care needs in the future.

“Baylor Scott & White ‘Midway’ is a welcomed addition to the community,” Houston said. “When I became mayor in 2000, we had about 8,000 or 9,000 people. Now we have 38,000 to 40,000 people. The community is growing.

“It has been exciting to watch the development of this thing,” he said. “It is a major deal for Midlothian, Ellis County and this area. We are not on our board so much about competition, we are about quality health care and that is what we want to do.”

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