Shallowater Clinic – Keeping Health Care Close to Home
Shallowater Clinic is one of PNS’s premier clinics and it came from humble beginnings. In 1975, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s (TTUHSC) Department of Family Medicine moved into an old bank building on 8th Street, renovated the building and even made use of the bank vault, transforming it into the X-ray room. For the people of Shallowater and the surrounding areas, health care close to home was a welcome addition. UMC and PNS took over the management of the clinic in September 1995 and during that first month, 290 patients were seen.
By 2009, the clinic had outgrown the original 2,500 sq. ft. location. A brand new clinic with approximately 4,700 sq. ft. was built on 12th Street, near the Shallowater ISD Campus opening in January of 2010. The comfortable, up-to-date clinic features six exam rooms, one procedure room, a laboratory and state of the art x-ray equipment. Located In the suite next door to the clinic is a pharmacy and gift shop.
The clinic is staffed by Family Practitioner Dr. Brian Carreon and Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Vanessa Bolyard. Shallowater native Erma Landers serves as clinic manager, working with 11 other employees from around the West Texas region, including New Deal and Littlefield as well as Shallowater and Lubbock.
Libby Murray has been with the clinic for nearly 20 years, and while much has changed in healthcare, some aspects have not. “It’s a good group of people to work with,” Libby said. “Not only are they knowledgeable; they have passion, they have empathy, and they care about the patient.”
Libby said the clinic is very community oriented. Whether it’s providing a Thanksgiving dinner to one family who had fallen on hard times, or chipping in to pay for a single mother’s medicine for her children, the employees at Shallowater are committed to helping the residents in their community in any way they can. When medical needs extend beyond what a patient’s insurance allows it isn’t unusual to find the Shallowater Clinic staff coordinating fundraisers to offset those medical expenses.
Sometimes being a healthcare provider means helping the patients beyond their medical needs. No matter the need, the Shallowater Clinic is a small-town provider with a big emphasis on caring.
“Our patients mean a lot to us,” Landers said. “It’s like they’re family. They touch your heart.”
1502 – 12th Street Suite A
Brian Carreon, MD, Family Practice
Vanessa Bolyard, C-FNP
Monday through Thursday 8am – 12noon; 1 – 5 pm
Friday 8am – 12noon; 1 – 4 pm