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Lone Star Circle of Care, Scott & White Healthcare partner to open new clinic for underserved patients

Lone Star Circle of Care (LSCC) and Scott & White Healthcare announce a partnership to operate a family medicine clinic serving adults and children in Taylor at 305a Mallard Lane starting in February, 2011, that will provide primary care services to uninsured and medically underserved patients.

The Taylor clinic will officially be named The Lone Star Circle of Care Health Center at Taylor. Like all LSCC locations, the clinic accepts all patients regardless of insurance status or income, and offers a sliding fee scale based on income for those patients who do not have health insurance and do not qualify for programs such as Medicaid or Medicare. Lone Star Circle of Care Health Center at Taylor will be staffed by board-certified Scott & White family practice physicians and certified family nurse practitioners assigned by LSCC.

“With this new clinic, Lone Star Circle of Care is pleased to provide a high quality, affordable medical home for uninsured and underinsured patients in the Taylor area,” said Jayne Pope, CEO of clinical systems for LSCC. “We are grateful to our partners at Scott & White Healthcare for making the continuation of our mission possible through the opening of this location. The clinic will allow us to provide primary and preventive care to some of the most vulnerable patients in Eastern Williamson County, improving their health and quality of life while also reducing costs for the overall health care system.”

“Lone Star Circle of Care’s clinics in Georgetown and Round Rock have been serving many patients from Taylor and the surrounding area for years, and we believe that bringing our clinical services to Taylor will be very beneficial to the community, as we can now meet the needs of those patients closer to home,” said Scott Nicklebur, chief medical officer, Lone Star Circle of Care.
“We also anticipate adding a number of new patients who may previously have been unaware of our services or were unable to travel to our locations in other parts of the county.”

Under the partnership, Scott & White Healthcare will provide clinical expertise and space, as well as access to diagnostic services. The clinic will provide primary care for patients of all ages, including preventive care, immunizations, acute care and chronic disease management.

“Through this partnership, we are also providing access to an extensive network of specialists and a comprehensive system of care linked to the Scott & White family of health care professionals and facilities in Taylor and throughout Williamson County,” said C.M. “Bud” Chumbley, MD, chief medical officer at Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock. “Our ability to reach out to those in need of the highest quality care continues to grow through the Lone Star Circle of Care Health Center at Taylor.”

This is the first partnership between Lone Star Circle of Care and Scott & White Healthcare in Williamson County. The two organizations partnered to open Sparta Road Pediatric Clinic in Belton in 2009, and in September 2010 they opened a clinic in Temple known as Lone Star Circle of Care at Santa Fe.

By bringing together the expertise of a health care system known for its ability to provide high quality patient care at lower cost with a federally qualified community health center experienced in providing safety net medical services for the underserved and uninsured, the collaboration between Scott & White and LSCC is bringing families in Williamson and Bell Counties increased access to a high quality health care home.

To schedule an appointment at The Lone Star Circle of Care Health Center at Taylor, patients can call LSCC’s toll-free number: 877-800-5722. The clinic will be open Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.

Lone Star Circle of Care is a federally qualified community health center operating more than 20 clinics throughout Central Texas. LSCC’s clinics are linked through a cutting-edge electronic medical records system, allowing for seamless provision of care across service lines and geographic locations.

Scott & White also operates the Scott & White Taylor Clinic, which has served the community for over 24 years.

About Lone Star Circle of Care
Lone Star Circle of Care is a nonprofit, federally qualified community health center with clinics throughout Central Texas providing a person-centered and behaviorally enhanced health care home and a range of services for the uninsured and medically underserved, including adult primary care, pediatric primary care, senior care, comprehensive OB/GYN services, general dentistry, psychiatry and behavioral health, and pharmacy services. For more information visit www.lscctx.org. LSCC’s clinics have been awarded Joint Commission accreditation, which is recognized nationally as the Gold Seal of Approval in health care. Lone Star Circle of Care also holds recognition from the National Committee on Quality Assurance as a Level 3 Physician Practice Connections® — Patient-Centered Medical Home™, a prestigious designation held by only 0.3% of primary care practices in the nation.

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