DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - A new healthcare clinic has opened its doors in Diboll to provide primary care to the community. The city was without a medical clinic for several months this year, but Woodland Heights stepped up to fill the need.
Woodland Heights Primary Care at Diboll is now open and accepting patients.
"It's a hospital-owned, mid-level clinic that's going to provide family medicine to ages 10 and above," said Joshua Talbert, a physician's assistant at Woodland Heights Primary Care at Diboll.
The extension of the Lufkin-based hospital opened on September 2 after the long-time family medical clinic physician moved to Lufkin.
"Dr. Cathcart moved to Lufkin and wanted to assure that primary care medicine would still be given in Diboll, so he and Woodland Heights came up with an agreement to continue primary care," Talbert said.
Diboll was without a primary care facility for several months during the transition while renovations were taking place. There are currently five exam rooms available for patients to use but there is room for growth.
"There is no other medical provider here and this is a pretty good-sizes community with obvious health needs, and it seemed like an obvious need for us to step in and provide that," Talbert said.
The clinic does everything from department of transportation physicals for truck drivers to preventative medicine, vaccinations, and minor urgent care procedures.
"Well-child, well-adult visits, well-woman visits, screening exams, sickness visits, your common cold, strep throat, bronchitis, pneumonia. We do urgent care type of procedures lacerations, take care of broken bones," Talbert said.
However, staff at the clinic says patients should definitely go to a hospital if there is an emergency medical situation. Woodland Heights Primary Care at Diboll is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and accepts most forms of insurance to serve the needs of the community.