WEST ODESSA -- Medical Center Health System broke ground on its new MCH Center for Primary Care - West University Wednesday.
The new clinic will be on the corner of FM 1936 and University Avenue in West Odessa. Local residents and hospital administrators agree that is an area that badly needs healthcare services.
“I feel it's a fantastic idea to provide the healthcare that we need out in this area,” said West Odessa resident, Garry Garner.
Garner has lived in West Odessa for almost 40 years, and always had to drive to downtown Odessa for healthcare. But Medical Center Health System is changing that.
“Our hope is to bring some really high-quality primary care out to this under-served area," MCH Chief Executive Officer, Bill Webster, explained. "Our prediction is this is going to be a very busy clinic, very quickly."
Hospital administrators say 30% of Ector County ISD elementary students live west of West Loop 338 and that they will be bringing healthcare to an area that's in need.
“There’s been an existing need for the western part of Odessa and Ector County for quite some time, so we have actually been looking at this for a couple years,” said MCH Chief Operating Officer, Tony Ruiz.
Administrators say the new 22,000 square foot clinic will provide a range of services from pediatrics to urgent care.
The $5.4 million project is expected to be completed next year and open by the summer of 2014.
"I am glad to see it growing and I am glad to see the schools coming out here, we need the assistance and the medical care,” said Garry Garner.
Once the MCH Center for Primary Care - West University is open, officials say it will provide care seven days a week. We're told the clinic will accept most insurance, Medicare and Medicaid.
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