2014-10-07 / Front Page

Family Medicine Clinic celebrates

Open house shows off new facility, which doctors say is equipped for growth
By DAVID LOWE
Staff Writer


Dr. Mark Lane, left, and Dr. James Cain, second from right, pose with Verlon Conradt and Doris Conradt during an open house Thursday at the new Family Medicine Clinic. 
PHOTO BY DAVID LOWE Dr. Mark Lane, left, and Dr. James Cain, second from right, pose with Verlon Conradt and Doris Conradt during an open house Thursday at the new Family Medicine Clinic. PHOTO BY DAVID LOWE In an open house Thursday, Family Medicine Clinic showed the public its new 12,000-squarefoot facility – which doctors said offers room for growth and new services for years to come.

FMC staff provided tours of the building, which is east of Oil States off U.S. Highway 190. The clinic opened in July after about a year of construction.

The new facility houses primary-care providers Dr. James Cain, Dr. Mark Lane, Dr. Morris K. Patteson Jr., Dr. Robin Cain, Dr. Georgia Hay, physician assistant Kara Kehoe and nurse practitioner Amanda Allen. The old West Avenue E clinic – renamed Lampasas Specialty Clinic – has a new purpose, as it now has space for doctors in a variety of specialized medical fields, James Cain said.

“The big picture of the thing is expanding into the new building allows for growth in primary care, and the secondary thing is it allows for growth in specialty care,” the doctor said.

The new Family Medicine Clinic has room for two additional primary-care providers, Lane said, and those professionals can be added as needed.

Specialty care available in Lampasas through FMC includes cardiology, general surgery, pain management, urology, orthopedics and obstetricsgynecology. Officials are working to bring to Lampasas specialists in ear, nose and throat care, as well as gastrointestinal medicine, oncology and ophthalmology, Lane and Cain said.

Other discussions have taken place about possible expansion of obstetrics and gynecology, along with the possible addition of nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, endocrinology and rheumatology, according to Family Medicine Clinic.

Cain said in the last 12 months, FMC has made 17,000 referrals for specialty care. With additional specialists slated to practice in Lampasas, primarycare providers at FMC hope to cut the number of out-of-town referrals in half, Cain said.

“We are hoping to solidify Lampasas as a destination to go to for medical care,” the doctor said.

As the clinic explores options for the future, Lane and Cain said the new facility offers several immediate advantages for patients and physicians.

Cain said a new, state-of-theart computer system allows doctors to interact live with hospitals, specialists and medical information systems across the nation.

“We also have digital X-ray, so we can send the X-ray to any radiologist anywhere to read -- or to any other provider, doctor or whatever to look at,” Lane added.

During tours of the new clinic, FMC staff members noted each medical provider has three examination rooms as well as an office. There also are private spaces for patients to be weighed and to receive shots. Cain said the new building gives the medical team ample space to work and should improve the efficiency of care. The new facility, the doctor added, also gives patients nice waiting areas and more parking than was available in the clinic on West Avenue E.

“It’s just a lot nicer for everybody, and it’s a lot more comfortable setting,” Lane added. “It seems like everybody’s more relaxed.”

The land at the new FMC facility gives the clinic room to expand if needed, Lane said. Cain said there also is space for other medical organizations.

“So as further needs arise and further medical entities show interest, we have the ability to expand right here on the medical complex,” the doctor said.

Cain said FMC hopes to cement the Lampasas facility as a permanent teaching institution. The clinic has helped train a number of medical students, medical residents and nurse practictioner students, the physician said, and officials are exploring options to create a more regular rotation.

Discussions about a new Family Medicine Clinic began about 10 years ago, Cain said. Thursday’s open house provided a look to the future as providers settle in to the new facility.

Cain mentioned FMC’s new logo -- a heart with a wave of water -- as a symbol of the clinic’s role as “the heart of primary care in Central Texas.” The wave, the doctor said, reflects Lampasas’ mineral springs -- a key attraction to early settlers who believed the waters had restorative qualities.

“Our hope of that is to always remind us that we are in the healing profession, and the town was founded on the healing profession,” the physician said.

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