HOUSTON (May 01, 2012)

Memorial Hermann has acquired South Texas Medical Clinics, P.A. (STMC), the largest, multi-specialty physician practice in the Southwest region spanning three counties - Wharton, Matagorda, and Fort Bend.

With roots that date back more than 60 years to the Outlar-Blair and Rugeley and Blasingame Clinics, two highly-regarded rural medical practices, STMC emerged from a merger between the two healthcare entities in 1985. The main and largest clinic in the South Texas Medical Clinics practice - based in Wharton - is comprised of 31 full-time physicians, 11 contract physicians, and 13 practice extenders (physician assistants and nurse practitioners). STMC also has clinics located in El Campo, Bay City, Needville and Rosenberg.

"We are happy to welcome South Texas Medical Clinics into the Memorial Hermann family," said Dan Wolterman, President and CEO of Memorial Hermann. "We have had a long relationship with this respected practice that has been raising the bar and providing high-quality healthcare for many years.

"We look forward to strengthening our relationship by enhancing services and adding new doctors," Wolterman continued. "I also want to ensure the clinics' patients, and the community as a whole, that they will continue to receive the same quality of care from their trusted doctors and clinical staff."

STMC already provides an array of comprehensive services, including imaging services such as CT, nuclear medicine, digital mammography, ultrasound, and bone density. The laboratory services include routine and special chemistries, hematology, coagulation, immunology, and microbiology. STMC also offers various ancillary services such as chemo and infusion therapy, audiology procedures, sleep studies, pain management and physical therapy. In addition, STMC has a full-service pharmacy and optical shop in the Wharton Clinic.

"The physicians of South Texas Medical Clinics are very excited to join the prestigious Memorial Hermann Healthcare System," said Dr. Jeffery Gubbels, Board President of South Texas Medical Clinics, PA. "For us, it is the most logical choice in our evolution as an organization. From its inception, South Texas Medical Clinics has endeavored to be innovators in the delivery of healthcare to our neighbors in the community.

"With this next step we will be able to expand the services we offer as we recruit new medical and surgical specialists, Dr. Gubbels continued. "We will also expand access with primary care, women's services, and pediatric specialists. The conversion to electronic health records will ensure that all our physicians in every location will have the complete information necessary to ensure the best quality care. By joining the Memorial Hermann family we will be ensuring the best possible care for our patients and community for generations to come."