Due to weather conditions, a ceremonial groundbreaking was held at the Metroport Chamber offices Jan. 23 for a new Baylor Scott & White family medicine facility in Roanoke.

The details

Natalie Womble, regional marketing director for Baylor Scott & White, said the 10,500-square-foot facility, located at 740 US 377, will incorporate 28 exam rooms and 10 providers. She said the new facility takes the place of the current facility located at 610 E. Byron Nelson Blvd., Ste. 101.

“It will be primary care and will also offer services on site, including many point of care tests,” Womble said. “Eventually, [we’re] hoping to add some specialty, [like] cardiology.”

What they’re saying

“We’re very excited about having a medical facility that’s going to be on the south end of town that’s going to help keep our citizens healthy,” Mayor Scooter Gierisch said. “We’ve got a lot of great things happening on the south end [of town] now and that’s going to be one of them. That’s going to help anchor it.”

Dr. Beau Ellenbecker, who will serve patients out of the new clinic once it’s built, said the idea for this facility came to him 13 years ago while he was serving in the U.S. military in Afghanistan.

As a resident of Roanoke, he sent an email to Baylor Scott & White stating that he would like to treat people in his community when he came back. He interviewed for a job when he came home during vacation and was offered an opportunity to start his own clinic in Roanoke.

“I’m hoping we will eventually expand into specialty care and mental health in the future,” Ellenbecker said. “I think this is the first step to us continuing to be a health care provider for this community for a really long time.”