By Jon Schroeder
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE – With plans for future expansions, Family Medicine Clinic cut the ribbon on its new Copperas Cove location Friday.
Family Medicine Clinic adds to two facilities in Lampasas and one in Cove's Town Square shopping complex with its newest facility, located on the west side of town.
The placement of the new, 10,000-square-foot clinic on Walker Place Boulevard is notable because of the large planned residential expansions just west of town.
"Timing is everything," Family Medicine Clinic Senior Administrator Ruben Cardenas said. "We think the timing is right."
It will initially house the offices of Dr. Robert Perry, Kristy Anderson, certified physician assistant William Montgomery and Dustin Smith, a podiatrist. Two more, Drs. Melanie MacLennan and James Kyle Morsch, will have offices in Cove starting in October.
Family Medicine Clinic's first Lampasas office has operated for more than 30 years, and its other Cove location has operated for about 10 years, Cardenas said at the ribbon-cutting.
He said the company is looking at other expansions as well, including a 30,000-square-foot office in Lampasas.
The office will open for business on Tuesday and operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The new location has 12 exam rooms, and Cardenas will move the corporate offices there in the near future.
Copperas Cove Practice Manager Amanda Allen, who started with the company as a receptionist 13 years ago, will run the new "first-class, first-rate" facility.
Family Medicine Clinic employs 35 people in Lampasas and 15 in Cove.
"It's just fabulous. It just shows how we're growing (as a city)," said Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce President Marty Smith.
The existing Cove location will begin moving toward a more occupational business model, providing drug testing along with other services.
The new site will offer preventive medical and primary care, serving patients of all ages.
Other speciality services include health screenings, physical exams, acute care for short-term illnesses, flu shots, allergy injections, and lab, X-ray and podiatry services, according to a news release.
The expansion is now in "phase 1," Cardenas said. The X-ray services, in particular, are a "phase 3" service, coming in October.
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