Allen area residents will soon have ready access to more specialty health care right in their own community.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen (THA), along with Spine Team Texas and Medcore Partners, announced on Friday the groundbreaking of Allen Medical Plaza, a new medical office building that will offer back and spine care on the THA campus, with other services to come in the future.

THA President Jared Shelton said moving the rapidly growing spine care center onto their campus was a response to the growth in the community since the hospital’s opening in Allen.

“When the hospital opened in 2000, the population was 43,000. The latest estimates put the city’s population at about 98,000,” he said. “When that happens, obviously there’s going to be a higher need for access to health care services. That’s really what spurred the idea for this project was to be able to expand our campus, expand our access to care and also expand the specialty services that we’re able to provide.”

Since opening in Southlake, Spine Team Texas, a subsidiary of Texas Health Resources, has added locations in Fort Worth, Rockwall and Allen where it currently operates on Raintree Circle. Shelton described them as a “very conservative” back and spine care group; only 8 percent of their patients end up undergoing surgery.  The practice can cover anything from minor back pain to “some very high-end, technologically advanced spine surgery,” Shelton said.

“All this occurred this past April when we kind of developed that partnership between THR and Spine Team Texas with the goal of trying to expand our brand. We’re trying to expand our footprint within the D-FW area,” said Dr. Kibulee, an orthopedic spine surgeon with Spine Team Texas.

Spine Team Texas will occupy almost 19,000 square feet of the two-story, 48,000-square-foot medical office building on the southeast corner of Exchange Parkway and Raintree Circle. Kibuule and Drs. David Garrigues and Cortland Miller, both physiatrists, will practice in an ambulatory surgery center exclusively reserved for Spine Team Texas and their out-patient surgery, according to Shelton.

Shelton said as of right now, THA plans for the new building to also house a new primary care office, an office with Texas Center for Joint Replacement focused on orthopedics and a sports medicine practice in the future.  THA currently houses a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a Level IV trauma-designated emergency department and comprehensive women’s services including obstetrics and gynecology, labor and delivery, a breast center and behavioral health.

“Part of why we’re doing this building is we’re trying to get the word out to the community that we offer almost every specialty that our community could need,” Shelton said. 

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