The local Texas Spine and Joint Clinic recently had its grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony at its newest location 725 North 4th Street.  Director of Operations Ann Ribble welcomed guests to the facility, and introduced front desk clerk Shannon Rosser, X-ray technician Leah Spencer, Clinical Nurse Bienvenida Torres and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Sharon Patterson. The clinic is providing orthopedic and neurologic treatment, X-rays and non-surgical pain management from 22 physicians and practitioners.  Doctors Ryan Patterson, Aaron K. Calodney, David Penn and some of the clinic’s first patients were on hand for the ceremony.
Each doctor brings his own area of expertise.  Additional resident physicians are Cary Clark, Guy Danielson, Paul W. Detwiler, Brad Duhon, Kim Foreman, Thomas W. Graham, Duane Lee Griffith, Rebel Huffman, Jon T. Ledlie, Chad McNeil, Mark Renfro, James Michaels, Eduardo Ozuna, Todd Raabe, Andy Redmon, Laurence Rosenfield, Michael Russell, Jerry Schwartzbach and Claire Tibiletti.
Dr. Patterson is a newcomer to this area, and thrilled about serving Longview.  He specializes in orthopedic surgery on the hand and upper extremities.
New patients are not required to have a referral to see the Family Nurse Practioner (FNP).  Patients are not required to be referred to the clinic either.  The staff is enthusiastic about serving Longview and its people.  The Longview satellite office will enable local patients to receive treatment they previously could get only by driving to Tyler.  Clinic CEO Tony Wahl expressed his staff’s eagerness to commence improving Longview residents’ health.
“We’re excited to finally invite the Longview community inside to tour our new spine and joint clinic,” he said.  “We are very honored to meet the medical needs of patients in this area, and being a part of a growing medical community.”
One early patient, Linda L. Voyles, a real estate broker for Suzanne Cook Realty, attended the opening and spoke on the treatment she has already received for an automobile accident four years ago and for a recent fall.  Her pain has been decreased to the point she can again climb stairs.
“You don’t have to live with pain,” she said.  “It is just a matter of finding the right business, the right person and the right time for treatment.”
Clinic hours will be 8:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday, no appointment required.
“Calling to schedule an appointment is not necessary,” said Wahl.  “People just walk in.”
The local Spine and Joint Hospital is a 20-bed facility providing acute care, an outpatient surgery center and ancillary imaging center, and a total staff of 220 full- and part-time employees who have already performed over 30,000 procedures this year.  It focuses on patient-centered care, and a Press Gamey Associates survey indicates it ranks in the 99th percentile nationally for patient satisfaction.  For more information, please call 903.758.8754

Cynde Bell, Chamber ambassador, presents new membership plaque to Ann Ribble, Operations director; Dr. Ryan Patterson, left, as Dru Crenshaw, marketing director, looks on.