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June 20 2008 - Construction Underway For New Trinity Clinic-Lake Palestine

For Immediate Release

June 20, 2008

Contact: John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542

CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY FOR NEW TRINITY CLINIC-LAKE PALESTINE

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FLINT, TX – Today, officials with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics broke ground on a $6.3 million expansion project at Trinity Clinic-Lake Palestine, located at 20208 Highway 155 South. In addition to offices for five medical providers, Health System officials say the facility will offer a DirectCARE, Trinity Mother Frances-Premier Fitness Center with a pool, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Ross Breast Center, Physical Therapy and a Sleep Center.

Construction will take several months to complete, with a target opening date of Fall 2009Providers at the clinic include Alan Eli, MD; Danell Stuckey, MD; and Amy Delleney, PA-C.

“This is an exciting time for growth in this part of east Texas,” said David K. Teegarden, MD, president and chief medical officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. “Trinity Mother Frances is proud to have served these communities for the last two decades, and we are looking forward to expanding with so many new and needed services for our patients in this part of the region. This expansion is part of our long-term plan to better serve the people who live in Flint, Emerald Bay, Bullard and southern Smith County.”

“Because of the growth in this area of the county, the number of patients we serve from the Lake Palestine and surrounding areas has continued to increase over the last several years. It became obvious that we had to grow to meet the health care needs of these communities,” said Ray Thompson, FACHE, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, and chief executive officer, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler. “The existing location is the perfect place to grow because it is at a convenient crossroads for those who live in that area. When it is completed, it will be comparable to the state-of-the-art facilities we have in Athens, Canton, Jacksonville and Lindale.”

“With the cost of fuel, our patients will enjoy having many new services close to home,” said Dr. Eli. “Cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, sleep center and Ross Breast Center services will be available at Trinity Clinic-Lake Palestine. Previously, patients would have to travel to Tyler for this high level of specialty care. As a physician, I am very glad we will be able to serve our patients and their families with new and expanded services.”

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the region’s preferred multi-specialty physician group serving east, northeast and north-central Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances, visit www.tmfhs.org.

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