Texas Spine & Joint is working to expand its services into south Tyler.
Dr. Patrick Wupperman, orthopedic surgeon at Azalea Orthopedics, is one of the owners/partners of Texas Spine & Joint and focuses his practice on sports medicine. He moved to Tyler in 2006 and has been with the group for nearly seven years.
He said a lot of the emergency rooms around town are filled with sick people and have a long wait time so they wanted to offer another option to patients. Texas Spine & Joint Urgent Care will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and there will be a nurse practitioner there all of the time, he said.
Wupperman, 41, said they wanted to construct a facility that was more accessible to Loop 323 and people living in and around South Tyler.
Dru Crenshaw, spokeswoman for Texas Spine & Joint, said the Texas Spine & Joint Urgent Care facility will open in January and there will be nurse practitioners seeing patients and referring them to about 40 different doctors.
Azalea Orthopedic is leasing the remaining space of the back of the building to open a practice in South Tyler. Wupperman said they will focus on joints, with an orthopedic emphasis at the facility, which should open in mid-January.
Dr. Garrett and Schreiber are two of the founding partners of Texas Spine & Joint Hospital and they, along with Foreman, have been with Azalea Orthopedics since its inception.
The idea for the new facility is more than a year old, Wupperman said. They were looking at different properties in south Tyler and bought the property that formerly housed the Rose City Baptist Church, which had been vacant for a few years, he said. They bought the property, as well as land south of it, and construction is under way for the new facility.
Texas Spine & Joint Hospital filed a building permit with the city of Tyler to renovate the former church, a 4,900-square-foot facility at 8101 S. Broadway Ave. for an urgent care facility. UEB Builders, of Dallas, is the contractor for the $850,000 project.
Wupperman said the main idea behind opening Azalea Orthopedic offices in the new facility is to offer better access to orthopedic care.
A physicians group opened Texas Spine & Joint Hospital as a 20-bed hospital in 2003 with a focus on spine and joint diseases and injuries.
Since October 2011, the hospital has been undergoing a $22 million renovation and expansion project that officials said would create 70 new jobs at its facility at 1814 Roseland Blvd.
Tony Wahl, Spine & Joint CEO, has said he is proud of the decade of service and quality health care and economic activity the hospital has brought to the community.
The $22 million expansion updates patient rooms, enlarges operating rooms, adds on to the outpatient area and includes an added parking lot on the ground level, Wahl said earlier.
Dr. Timothy Beck, chairman of the hospital’s board and partner at Spine & Joint and Azalea Orthopedics, said the renovation will help them provide better service to their patients and make the facility more competitive in the local medical market.