Dr. John McNeill, who owns the company, said that they are excited to be able to pick up where Christus Spohn Medical Group left off.
“We have been nothing but pleased,” McNeill said. “Everybody has been grateful we have been able to come in here and do that.”
About 90 days ago, the Christus Spohn Medical Group made the decision that they would no longer be able to run the clinic.
McNeill was one of those who stepped in and made an offer to take it over.
He said that not having the clinic open would have hurt the health of the community here.
“It would have limited health care for a lot of people,” he said.
The clinic, now named Twin Fountains Primary Care Clinic of Beeville, will be open the same hours as before. Along with that, three of the doctors, Karole Beasley, Arthur Chin and Frank R. Dehnisch Jr., all practicing family medicine, will remain at the clinic.
For those wondering why the name McNeill sounds familiar, it could be for multiple reasons.
He owns Twin Fountains Medical Clinics not just in Victoria but also in Rockport.
Of course, others may know him because he is the medical director for Angel Care Ambulance. But it may also be because he worked in the hospital emergency room in Beeville in 1998 and 1999.
“I have had a connection to Beeville for several years,” he said.
Also in the works is a walk-in clinic where Dr. Chandler’s medical practice was.
The building is undergoing an extensive remodel in preparation for its Sept. 3 opening date.
Inside of it will also be occupational medicine including breath alcohol testing, the ability to do Department of Transportation physicals and drug screening along with full-time digital X-rays and lab equipment.
McNeill said that he has been looking at opening the walk-in clinic for well over a year, but the decision to take over what was Beeville Medical Associates came rather quickly.
The transition, he said, has been smooth despite the speed — all within only about 30 days.
“Our goal is to make it a more patient-friendly practice,” he said.
Among the numerous improvements will be a new phone system that will make getting hold of someone far easier.
He added that, despite these changes, one thing that will remain the same is their ability to work with the hospital just down the highway.
“We intend to work closely with the existing hospital,” he said adding that he can also refer to other medical facilities when necessary.
McNeill had nothing but praise for the medical group’s willingness to help in the transition.
“Spohn has been very good to work with,” he said. “Throughout the transition, they have been very helpful.”
He did have one request to the patients as the doctors open their doors Monday morning and for the next days to come.
“We ask people to be patient with us,” he said. “There will be growing pains.”
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.