The Mid Coast Healthplex opens Monday, June 3 at 1602 N. Mechanic as part of the Mid Coast Health System to provide convenience and free up room at El Campo Memorial Hospital for additional services.
The healthplex, located beside Sutherland’s parking lot, will house Mid Coast Rehabilitation, formerly at the hospital, and another MidCoast WellCare walk-in clinic, according to Donna Mikeska, who does marketing for the hospital.
All therapy services – speech, physical and occupational– will move from the hospital to the healthplex.
“This is a brand new concept, the opportunity presented itself and we jumped on it. It’s wonderful, and it’s been long overdue. It’s a process,” Mikeska said.
“The decision was made to provide various access times, but ultimately the therapy department moving over there was to alleviate stress on this facility (hospital) because we need space over here to utilize for other services. We are bursting at the seams we are so full,” she added.
The walk-in clinic will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“It will not have the extended hours that the present walk-in clinic has. The other one is open until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and is open on Saturdays and Sundays,” Mikeska said.
Mid Coast WellCare - El Campo is at 3703 FM 2765 Suite B.
“We are just trying to add additional walk-in clinics to alleviate some of the stress on the clinic here (Mid Coast Medical Clinic) and the walk-in, too,” she added. “Both of them are very full. We are just trying to provide more locations to spread that out.”
Appointments are taken in addition to walk-ins at the new clinic. Dr. Paul Lifland, orthopedic surgeon, will office at the new site to make room for a cardiologist who starts July 1.
Mid Coast Medical Clinic has early morning and late afternoon walk-in times, too (7-9 a.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 7-9 a.m. Friday, 8-noon Saturday) creating a total of three walk-in clinics open at various times in El Campo.
“The healthplex is large enough to where we will in the future be able to add some additional services because they have a lot of exam rooms. We totally remodeled that facility with new flooring and paint. It looks like a brand new facility,” Mikeska said.
“If there is an empty space, we will have something to put in it, but as it is, we had no space for it,” she said from her office at the hospital.
“In the clinic next door, there is not a room available for a physician to come. We don’t have the space to put anybody. That is the premise for a new hospital and adding onto the clinic.”
The healthplex brings job opportunities with it, too. Three nurse practitioners – Heather Kana, Ariel Fojt and Kelsie Barta – have been hired. Barta will start at the healthplex and will transfer to the Wharton County Junior College Campus Care walk-in clinic when it opens.
“We will have to get receptionists and nurses to assist at the new clinic,” Mikeska said.
Other healthplex staff will include Kathy Enright, physician assistant, who practiced at the Palacios Community Medical Center, but will be full time at the healthplex.