News New Clinical Facility Opens at University Medical Center Brackenridge

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AUSTIN, Texas - (Oct. 8, 2008) - Central Texans now have a new place to go for primary and specialty care all under one roof.

The new Paul Bass Clinic, located in the lower level of the Clinical Education Center at UMC Brackenridge, a member of the Seton Family of Hospitals, will provide care for as many as 20,000 primary and specialty care patients annually.

"This expansion gives UMCB additional capacity to serve patients with multiple diagnoses who are in need of primary care as well as specialty care." said Jesus Garza, COO, Seton Family of Hospitals.

The clinic includes 10 patient treatment rooms, one procedural room and the latest equipment in evaluation and treating total patient care of all specialties. Staffed by local private physicians, University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston physicians, and Seton's RNs and case managers, the clinic offers an environment that is convenient, efficient and pleasant.

In addition to the primary care services, the clinic will offer quality specialty care in such specialties as cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, endocrinology, and rheumatology.

The clinic is named after longtime Seton RN, Paul Bass. Bass was the first male nurse to graduate from the Brackenridge School of Nursing and now is the director of all outpatient specialty and primary care clinics as well as the Shivers Cancer Center at UMC Brackenridge.

"I am truly honored to work all these years and now know that the work will continue. It's a dream come true," said Bass. "This clinic will give the kind of care that focuses directly on we do best-excellent patient-centered care in a clinical setting in one of the nation's best hospitals."

"Paul Bass is a perfect example of someone who has dedicated his life to serving the patients of central Texas. Naming the clinic in his honor will serve as a reminder for decades that service to others is what it's all about," said Dr. Tom Caven, Medical Director, UMC Brackenridge.

The Paul Bass Clinic wouldn't have been possible without funding provided by the Travis County Healthcare District.

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