May 17, 2004

As thousands go west in the coming years to settle in popular new developments in and around Eagle Mountain, Lake Worth and Saginaw, Fort Worthâ??s medical school will be there to provide area residents the health care they need to keep themselves and their families healthy.

At groundbreaking ceremonies May 13, University of North Texas Health Science Center President Ronald R. Blanck, D.O., announced that current residents of northwest Tarrant County should be able to take advantage of the professional services offered at the health science centerâ??s new Eagle Ranch Family Medicine Center as soon as this fall.

â??The families and individuals who live in, and will move to, this rapidly growing area need conveniently located and comprehensive health care, and the physicians and professional clinical staff of our Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine will provide that,â? he said.

The new clinic, located at 7235 Boat Club Road, is expected to open in September, and will offer family medicine services as well as subspecialty care such as internal medicine and general surgery. Dr. Jill Gramer and Dr. Yung Chen, family medicine physicians, will move their practices from the health science centerâ??s Saginaw Clinic.

To build the new facility, the health science center entered into a long-term lease agreement and partnership with Gary Baker Construction Company of Fort Worth. The approximately 5,300-square-foot-clinic will have eight exam rooms, three minor procedure rooms, staff physician offices, a student study area and a large waiting room. Blanck said that a 5,000-square-foot Specialty Clinic is also planned for the site.

Dr. Marc B. Hahn, dean of the health science centerâ??s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, said that the Eagle Ranch Clinic, one of eight community clinics operated by the medical schoolâ??s Department of Family Medicine, will also be a clinical rotation site for medical students and students enrolled in TCOMâ??s physician assistant studies program.

Wielding shovels at the groundbreaking were: Gary Baker, owner of Gary Baker Construction; Dennis Shingleton, chief of staff, UNT Health Science Centerâ??s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine; Dr. Yung Chen, assistant professor of family medicine, UNTHSC/TCOM; J.D. Johnson, Tarrant County commissioner; Dr. Ronald R. Blanck, president, UNTHSC; Dr. Marc B. Hahn, dean, TCOM; Dr. Jill Gramer, assistant professor of family medicine, UNTHSC/TCOM; and Dr. Elizabeth Palmarozzi, acting chair of family medicine, UNTHSC/TCOM.

For more information about services to be offered at the new Eagle Ranch Family Medicine Clinic, call 817-232-9877 or 817-735-2228.

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