Wharton OakBend Medical Center

OakBend Medical Center in Wharton.

After the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton closed in 2016, OakBend Medical Center worked for months to establish a hospital in the same building to bring emergency and medical services back to the rural community.

From the day it opened June 4 through the end of July, the hospital’s signature “no-wait emergency room” saw more than 1,500 patients, according to a news release from the hospital.

The Wharton hospital campus, 10141 U.S. 59, also handled more than 1,300 patients with its CT scan, ultrasound and X-ray services.

Starting July 11, OakBend began doing endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopy and upper gastrointestinal studies.

Hospital officials said outpatient surgical services such as eye, orthopedic, hernia repair, gallbladder removal and foot procedures will soon be available in Wharton.

“We believed that the community deserved exceptional health care, and we are making that happen,” said OakBend Medical Center CEO Joe Freudenberger. “We are proud to include Wharton as part of our family, and we look forward to a long lasting partnership.”

OakBend Medical Group, has several of its doctors working part-time. Drs. Long Cao, cardiologist; Amber Dobyne, OB/GYN; and Sadia Durrani, OB/GYN, work every Thursday afternoon, and Fred Speck, orthopedics, works every Tuesday afternoon in the offices of Mark Marconi, D.O.

Call 281-238-7870 to make an appointment.

Kathryn Cargo reports on business and agriculture for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at kcargo@vicad.com or 361-580-6328. Follow her on twitter @kathryncargo.

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