COPPERAS COVE — Officials on Wednesday will break ground on a new Scott & White Health Clinic.
“We’re excited to be coming to the community and service (the Copperas Cove) area. People won’t have to drive long distances anymore to get health care. They will be able to get it right here there at home,” said Tiffani C. Jenkins, marketing coordinator for Scott & White.
The groundbreaking takes place at 10 a.m. at 239 W. U.S. Highway 190. The clinic will be built on 2.45 acres on U.S. 190 and South Farm-to-Market 116 between the Valero gas station, Clear Creek Meadows Apartments and Seoul Garden Restaurant.
One of the largest employers to benefit from the clinic opening is the Copperas Cove school district.
Benefits Specialist Shirley Bennett said a lot of the district’s employees chose Scott & White when offered a health care option.
“This will certainly be more convenient for our employees because they will not have to drive (to Killeen or Harker Heights) for medical care. This means not as much time off from work,” Bennett said. “It also means more choices for our employees, which means they should be able to get appointments easier and be seen more quickly.”
Urgent Care Clinic opens
The groundbreaking will occur just two days after the opening of Precision Urgent Care in the Five Hills shopping center on Monday.
The facility will provide general medical care such as treating sprains, fractures and dislocations as well as basic illnesses.
Pre-employment physicals, laboratory and X-ray services also will be available.
Precision Urgent Care accepts Scott & White insurance, along with several other insurance plans.
Scott & White officials will announce the medical services the clinic will provide and the targeted opening date during Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony.
Two Scott & White clinics in Harker Heights have greatly benefited residents, said Bill Kozlik, Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce president.
“The more locations (Scott & White) obtains, the more diversified it can become. When you don’t feel well, you certainly don’t want to have to drive a long way to be seen by the doctor,” Kozlik said. “The clinics’ opening created jobs and definitely help the area economically. It meant more money for the city and more opportunity for our citizens.”