Ser­vice area ex­pands

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OU Physi­cians is tak­ing the first steps of a two-year growth plan with the open­ing a new south Tulsa of clinic.

The Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa-af­fil­i­ated health care provider will open a clinic at 106th Street and Memo­rial Drive in the old Wel­lQuest build­ing on Wed­nes­day.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity to make our­selves avail­able to peo­ple in Tulsa who may have found it dif­fi­cult to use our ser­vices be­fore,” said Dr. James Her­man, chair­man of OU Physi­cians in Tulsa. “We are putting our­selves in places where peo­ple live and would like to see our prac­tices grow over time.”

OU Physi­cians pri­mar­ily has a pres­ence in mid­town and north Tulsa. This clinic is the first in an ef­fort to create a larger cov­er­age area.

“We want to po­si­tion our­selves so we are avail­able to peo­ple through­out the Tulsa area,” Her­man said, adding that the prac­tice is hop­ing to open ad­di­tional lo­ca­tions in east and west Tulsa.

Her­man said that in the next sev­eral months the plan is to ex­pand the south Tulsa clinic to in­clude women's health and other spe­cial­ties on site.

“We want to of­fer pri­mary care backed up by our cadre of spe­cial­ists and sub­spe­cial­ists,” he said. “When peo­ple be­come ill, they don't want to search around for the spe­cial­ists they need. It's very help­ful to know you have some­one who knows your fam­ily and can be around for all types of care.”

Dr. James Beebe is the first doc­tor named to the new south Tulsa clinic. He is board cer­ti­fied in fam­ily medicine and com­pleted his res­i­dency at the OU Col­lege of Medicine in Tulsa.

“My goal is to pro­vide a full spec­trum of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity, from chil­dren all the way up through geri­atrics. What makes fam­ily medicine unique is that we are able to han­dle all the age groups,” he said.

The 10,414-square-foot clinic has 16 exam rooms, on­site lab­o­ra­tory and X-ray fa­cil­i­ties, and a com­mu­nity room events.

The clinic, 8005 E. 106th St., will of­fer ex­tended hours and be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur­day.

“I think the big­gest thing for a lot of peo­ple in this area is that they work and are not able to get to their doc­tor dur­ing the day,” Beebe said. “This lets us pro­vide ser­vices to those who can't take the time away from work.”

OU Physi­cians is a mul­ti­spe­cialty group prac­tice with more than 300 physi­cians and spe­cial­ists in the Tulsa area. They per­form over 250,000 pa­tient vis­its each year and pro­vide clin­i­cal care at six OU Physi­cians clin­ics, as well as at most lo­cal hos­pi­tals.

JOHN CLAN­TON/Tulsa World

The wait­ing room at the new OU Physi­cians clinic at 106th Street and Memo­rial Drive is lit by warm­col­ored lights. This clinic is the first in an ef­fort to ex­pand the group's cov­er­age area.

JOHN CLAN­TON/Tulsa World

Dr. James Beebe, who is board cer­ti­fied in fam­ily medicine, is the first doc­tor ap­pointed to the new OU Physi­cians clinic at 106th Street and Memo­rial Drive.

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