Dallas, Texas – A new academic medical center that will serve the southern part of Dallas County has recently been launched by UT Southwestern.
The UT Southwestern Medical Center at Redbird, which is located in Dallas along Camp Wisdom Road, was formerly a Sears building. It now provides a variety of medical services, such as primary care, mammography and advanced imaging, heart and cancer care, infusion therapy for the treatment of cancer, laboratory services, and pharmacy services.
According to Dr. Marc Nivet, Executive Vice-President of Institutional Advancement at UT Southwestern, the concept to convert the structure into a medical center originated in other cities that have seen transformations that are analogous to the one being proposed.
“We were aware that the same thing was taking place in Mississippi and in Nashville. Therefore, we reasoned, why not right here in Dallas? Dr. Nivet said. Malls all around the country have been having financial difficulties, including this one here at Redbird, which is a historic mall in Dallas and people have a lot of affection for this mall. People born in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s have been frequenting this mall for years, but unfortunately, it has recently fallen into ruin.
Nivet continued by saying that historically, the region of southern Dallas County has been underserved.
This region is home to a significant number of people of African-American and Hispanic descent. A significant number of the community’s residents are students at UT Southwestern University. They are going to have to make their way down to the medical district,” he explained. “The available evidence demonstrates that having doctors who look like you and who speak your language increases the likelihood that you will enjoy a higher level of health. Because of this, it was essential for us to not simply come here and reenact what we’ve done in other locations, but rather to pay close attention to what the community had to say.
Lenora Hearst, who lives in Lancaster, has been looking for a primary care physician that specializes in internal medicine. Her trip to the doctor takes her around half an hour at the moment.
“It’s not worth it for me,” Hearst said, referring to the necessity of going early in the morning or late at night in order to avoid getting trapped in traffic.
Keith Vinson, Vice President of Operations at the Moorland Family YMCA in Dallas, stated that he has high hopes that the new facility will be able to provide health services to those individuals who require them but may be unable to access them due to constraints such as transportation.
“For me, it’s no problem. I can go 30-40 minutes across. That’s just an average, but when you’re talking about our elderly population, that’s a really significant distance for them to travel. “For those who rely on public transportation, those forty to fifty minutes can feel like even more time has passed,” Vinson explained. “For the past 13 years, I’ve been an active member of the community. There is a distinct gap between them. If you reside in Dallas, you are aware of this fact. Both the southside and the northside are accessible. It speaks a lot that UT Southwestern is willing to make such a significant investment in order to relocate to the southside.
Residents of the neighborhood, such as Hearst, have stated that the new facility at Redbird is just what the community requires to investigate healthier ways of living.
“In 2010, I vowed to my mother that she would never have to bury another child because I would not let it happen.” “That’s how I got started on my new healthy lifestyle,” she explained.
It is anticipated that the center would eventually offer services in neurology and culinary medicine.