2012-05-23 / Living

What’s new at STRMC

South Texas Regional Medical Center in Jourdanton is committed to providing new services which are needed and requested in the South Texas region.

The hospital would like to take this opportunity to announce three recent, exciting developments: a new orthopaedic group, a new cardiology group and an urgent care center.

Orthopaedic team

STRMC is very pleased to enter into an agreement with South Texas Orthopaedics, to provide emergency room coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outpatient services will be provided five days a week.

The team of physicians includes: Dr. Michael Charlton, Dr. Siraj Sayeed, Dr. Edward Anderson and Dr. Dmitry Tuder.

“We are very excited to work with them and have them be part of our medical community,” said STRMC CEO Jim Resendez.

The physicians are very highly trained and experienced in various subspecialties, including total joint replacement and hand surgery.

This is a bonus to the Atascosa County area which has a high elderly population. The orthopaedic team will also prove valuable to the Eagle Ford Shale activity, which is expected to see an increase in hand and other injuries.

They are located at 1901 Highway 97 East, Suite 210 and they are currently accepting new patients. On opening day, they saw 15 patients. The office can be contacted at 830-769-5351.

Cardiology services

STRMC also anticipates entering into an agreement with Methodist Healthcare on June 1 for cardiology services on campus. They will perform outpatient and emergency department services. They will staff the clinic five days a week and staff the ER 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“They have had a presence in our community for awhile,” said Resendez. “So the patients can be followed up here. It will provide a continuity of care. It speaks to the increasing needs of the community and the hospital’s ability to provide for that.”

Urgent care

Plans are underway at STRMC to open an urgent care center in June where the Rehab Center currently is.

It will be open evenings and weekends to provide basic urgent care, lab, radiology and other services. This alternate will provide Atascosa County residents with a much needed option that does not currently exist. This is a reflection of the growing population in this area.

It is especially important to the STRMC staff that the urgent care center be staffed with medical doctors, rather than just nurse practitioners or physician assistants.

Long-term, plans are to make the urgent care center a free-standing clinic, with a permanent site. This will hopefully be done within the next year, said Resendez.

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