Providence Health Center introduced its new Lacy Lakeview Medical Plaza on Tuesday, and about 75 people showed up to celebrate the occasion despite rain and a whipping wind that moved the ceremonies inside the $10 million complex.

Located next to a retail center at Lake Shore Drive and Interstate 35, the 32,000-square-foot plaza will serve the medical needs of people living across town from the main Providence campus at State Highway 6 and Medical Parkway.

Providence officials said they expect residents of Lacy Lakeview, Bellmead, China Spring and Axtell to make use of the new facility, which offers care for minor illness or injury in its Express Care area that will remain open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Other features and services offered in the two-story medical plaza include lab and imaging services, including CT scans, X-rays and ultrasound, as well as Providence family health and pediatric clinics, rehabilitation services and Providence Medical Equipment.

“Providence is pleased to provide a facility that offers the convenience of physician and outpatient services in one location,” Steve Province, interim president and COO of Providence, wrote in a prepared statement. “Adding this new care site in a medically underserved area of our community allows us to continue providing quality, personalized care, when and where it’s needed.”

The center will cut down on the need for crosstown trips in most cases, Province said in an interview at the ribbon-cutting.

“This is a whole lot more than a clinic,” he said. “It’s a one-stop medical center meant to eliminate the need to drive across town, in most cases.”

Providence spokeswoman Erin Rogers said the center will create 50 new jobs. Ten service providers staff Providence’s three Express Care locations, including the new Lacy Lakeview location and those in Woodway and in downtown Waco.

“I can’t say how much this means to Lacy Lakeview and the surrounding communities,” Lacy Lakeview Mayor Calvin Hodde said during the ceremony. “Thanks for placing such an awesome facility in our area.”

Province, who moved to the Waco area about three years ago, said one of his first impressions was the need for a medical center near the I-35 corridor communities of Lacy Lakeview and Bellmead.

Kent Keahey, who retired four years ago after serving 29 years as president of Providence Healthcare System, said hospital officials were “in the thinking stage” of placing a one-stop health care provider in the Lacy Lakeview area when he departed.

“They bought the land and started the project after I left,” Keahey said during an interview before joining the crowd in taking a tour. “I’m anxious to see the finished product.”

Providence recently announced the opening of a pediatric emergency room at the hospital on State Highway 6 that it will operate in collaboration with Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Providence and Dell are part of the Ascension health care system.

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