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Burke Center breaks ground on new facility

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 After serving East Texas for nearly 40 years, Tuesday the Burke Center broke ground on their new facility.

"New facilities should mean better service for the customers we serve that is our intent," said Howard Daniel Jr., Chairmen, Burke Center Board.

Burke Center CEO Susan Rushing says currently the burke center has two buildings off the loop in Lufkin but says their new Frank Street location puts them in the center of the medical community.

"As opposed to our current location which is becoming a retail, restaurant destination," said Rushing.

The new facility will include psychiatric care, counseling and a primary care clinic.

Yearly rushing says the center sees about 8,000 patients and with 400 people currently waitlisted the expansion will help them reach more people in need.

"We're going to be able to serve more people and adding staff and when you add staff you need space and this new facility helps us complete that expansion," said Rushing.

The Burke Center has collaborated with the Angelina County Health District and ADAC to provide not only mental health services but substance abuse and medical services.

"A lot of time we'll have patients that are experiencing a mental health crisis and treat and provide services for people that are having all kinds of medical and mental health issues," said Wes Suiter, Angelina County Judge

 And once construction is complete, Burke Center officials will continue to provide quality care for the entire community with all their services in one brand new building.

Construction should take about a year and the facility is expected to open at this time next year.

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