Public invited to open house for ETMC Lake Palestine

Public invited to open house for ETMC Lake Palestine

POSTED: Monday, December 7, 2009 - 7:50pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:06pm

Public invited to open house for ETMC Lake Palestine

The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting for East Texas Medical Center’s new $9 million facility near Lake Palestine on Monday, December 7 at 11 a.m. The 25,000 square foot state-of-the-art building features a fitness and outpatient rehabilitation services, as well as a new and expanded physician clinic. The clinic will be open from noon-2 p.m. for tours and the Olympic Center from noon-7 p.m.

The ETMC Regional Healthcare System purchased the land, located at FM 344 and Highway 155 in Flint, several years ago to prepare for growth in southern Smith County, according to CEO/President Elmer G. Ellis. “The communities in the Lake Palestine area have really exploded in growth, and this expansion will help us better serve the needs of East Texans and bring healthcare closer to home,” Ellis said.

The facility features a striking contemporary design with walls of glass extending three stories high. ETMC First Physicians Dr. Gary Babbitt, Dr. C. Renee Bean, Dr. Theodore Gould and family nurse practitioner Bethany Starks will continue to offer services. Dr. Babbitt has been serving area residents since 1991.

ETMC Lake Palestine will offer imaging services, including digital mammography and diagnostic testing. Other services will include physical therapy, cardiac rehab and a sleep disorders center. The building is also expandable for future growth needs.

“ETMC Lake Palestine will not only help people when they are sick but also encourage a healthy lifestyle with the addition of our Olympic Center,” Ellis said. The two-story fitness facility includes a salt water swimming pool as well as modern exercise equipment, group exercise classes and a suspended indoor walking track that overlooks the fitness floor.

The ETMC Olympic Center also features degreed/certified fitness staff, fitness assessments and exercise prescriptions. For more information on memberships to the Olympic Center call 903-596-3028.

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