Groundbreaking ceremony for the medical center in Kilgore

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KILGORE, Texas (KETK) – A groundbreaking ceremony for the Roy H. Laird Regional Medical Health Sciences Education Center was held Tuesday at 1612 South Henderson Boulevard in Kilgore.

According to a press release, the community college’s health sciences facility will be the first of its kind, serving patients in Kilgore and surrounding communities in East Texas in an environment that utilizes clinical students from health care programs. nurses, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and medical imaging.

The development will be a collaboration between CHRISTUS Good Shepherd, the Roy H. Laird Memorial Hospital Foundation, the City of Kilgore and Kilgore College which will be called the Roy H. Laird Medical Center, after a former mayor of Kilgore.

Construction of the center will be funded in part by a $2.5 million Economic Development Assistance grant, revenue from the center and funding from the hospital foundation.

The original hospital building opened over 70 years ago and served the Kilgore area until 2007. Since then, the campus has hosted a variety of tenants, the statement said.

“This expanded facility will establish a graduate ‘pipeline’ to help meet the ongoing nationwide challenge of finding and recruiting qualified health science professionals,” said Jim Gaton, vice president of system operations for health CHRISTUS Good Shepherd. “The center will also provide a place for continuing education for staff members at CHRISTUS facilities and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic sites in Northeast Texas.”

Todd Hancock, President and CEO of CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System, said they were excited about the facility and the potential it holds for area patients and Kilgore College students.

“Once complete, this state-of-the-art facility will have a tremendous impact not only on our healthcare students, but on the medical community as a whole,” said Brenda Kays, President of KC. “We are grateful for the partnerships with CHRISTUS, the Laird Foundation and the Town of Kilgore to elevate the future of healthcare in our region to a new level.”

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