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UT Health East Texas breaks ground on $12 million new facility

Tyler, Texas (September 15, 2023) —  UT Health East Texas will build a two-story, 20,000-square-foot building in South Tyler to house orthopedics and sports medicine services, an urgent care, a diagnostic and imaging facility as well as outpatient rehabilitation.

On Friday, Tyler Mayor Don Warren joined UT Health East Texas physicians and leaders to break ground on the new facility, which has an anticipated opening in mid to late 2024.

The new building will be located on Old Jacksonville Highway, adjacent to the existing UT Health East Texas Physicians clinic on Three Lakes Parkway that houses family medicine, internal medicine, facial plastics and ear, nose and throat physicians. 

“This expansion is in response to the growth patterns in South Tyler and allows us to offer a more convenient and accessible medical office building, thereby delivering care more efficiently,” said Todd Hill, CEO of UT Health East Texas Physicians. 

The first floor of the new building will house extended-hours urgent care, imaging center and outpatient physical therapy. The urgent care will have an orthopedic emphasis, focusing on sprains and strains, possible broken bones or simple fractures. It also will provide walk-in care for minor illnesses and injuries, treating patients for conditions including fever, cold, flu and minor cuts that may need stitches.

The second floor will be dedicated to UT Health’s growing orthopedics and sports medicine specialties. 

“This facility will allow us to provide general orthopedic and sports medicine evaluations, fracture care and the full range of joint injections,” said Don McKay, market director of orthopedics and sports medicine. “With the population growth to the south, our goal is to provide convenient access for patients in South Tyler and surrounding communities.”

McKay noted the location also will be instrumental for graduate medical education in sports medicine and orthopedics, with an emphasis on training the caregivers of the future.