Physician Network Services
Welcome to UMC Physician Network Services! Physician Network Services (PNS) is a
physician practice management group formed by UMC in 1996 to manage the hospital's
Community Health Centers and to develop a broad base of primary care patients that
would support the hospital and medical school.
2014 was I-27’s first full year of existence. During this year, I-27 exploded on to the scene to become one of the flagship clinics for PNS.
During this year, its first year, I-27 saw 19,597 patients, had over $3.5 million in charges and collected almost $1.4 million. Of those patients 98 were new OccMed clients, 212 Workers Compensation visits, and 465 physicals. They had 1,833 referrals of which 81% stayed in system (1,490). Of those referrals 556 went into Tech reflecting a 75% capture rate.
I-27 partnered with The Dream Center, a ministry sponsored by Church on the Rock, for this year’s Back to School Bash. Their donation of pencil boxes, and participation in activities, allowed them to minister to individuals in their neighborhood. The children especially enjoyed throwing bean bags at Dr. Jason Lentz.
I-27 partnered with EHE (Executive Health Exams) to become the only provider of executive physicals for West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. They also partnered with Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) by offering on-site space for their educational outreach programs.
I-27 was front and center at this year’s Chamber of Commerce Business Expo which afforded them the opportunity to meet employers and introduce themselves as an option in meeting their workers’ compensation and occupational medicine needs. This, along with their Grand Opening/Open House, assisted them in meeting the goals they established for 2014 for workers’ compensation and occupational medicine.
Both Dr. Jason Lentz and Family Nurse Practitioner Emily Flathouse provided educational outreach to a number of I-27 valued employers sharing ideas on safe work environments and providing education on diabetes and other controllable diseases. They joined forces with UMC to educate patients with diabetes and hypertension. Both of these are part of major 1115 Waiver initiatives that are extremely valuable to the UMC Health System. They will begin working toward offering onsite educational seminars in 2015.
I-27 staff made donations toward Easter baskets and Christmas stockings for children of the Southwest Cancer Center. The staff donated to Meals on Wheels, the U Can Share Food Drive, United Way and the American Heart Association, as well as, participating in the annual Bowl for the Cure Tournament.
I-27 was this year’s winner of the PNS Annual Picnic T-shirt Design award and participated in picnic activities. Several staff members participate annually in the “Maintain, Don’t Gain” initiative sponsored by the Wellness Team. They were honored to have three Track Stars and a Star Provider for 2014. I-27 actively participated in the PNS Trading Spaces initiative and the Manager-in-Training program.
In addition to caring for the many patients that came through their doors, I-27 was busy with initiatives and projects within PNS and throughout the community.
When it comes to choosing a quality pediatrician for your child, Dr. Johnny Vuelvas is the doctor for you. Dr. Vuelvas attended college at the University of Texas at Austin and then went on to attend Medical School at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He served his residency in Pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas, approximately 140 miles north of his hometown of Odessa.
Dr. Vuelvas is accepting new patients from newborns to 17 years of age. When asked why he chose to practice pediatrics in Lubbock after completing medical school, Dr. Vuelvas replied, “I am drawn to the field of pediatrics because it provides an opportunity to help the most innocent and helpless of our society, our children. It is a privilege to care for and be a voice for those who cannot stand up for themselves. I look forward to sharing life’s wonderful moments with families and can think of no better place to do that than Lubbock.”
Dr. Johnny Vuelvas is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association and Lubbock Crosby Garza Medical Society.
He and his wife, Kristien have one daughter. When he isn’t busy with patients, Dr. Vuelvas chooses to spend time with his family and enjoying his hobbies of photography, soccer and basketball.
Dr. Vuelvas joins Robert Martinez, FNP-C at Freedom Clinic located just south of 50th Street on Avenue Q. Freedom Clinic accepts most commercial insurances, Medicare and Medicaid. The friendly staff is bi-lingual and fluent in Spanish. You may call 806-762-3597 to schedule an appointment. Walk-in patients are accepted.
5022 Avenue Q
Lubbock, Texas 79413
Open Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm
Se habla Espanol
Note: Freedom Clinic is on the City of Lubbock’s bus route.
Meet Our Staff
Ginger joined PNS in June of 2012 and stepped into the role of Controller. The task of getting acclimated to our systems and processes was a significant one; however, Ginger rose to the occasion and quickly understood our specific nuances. Ginger’s responsibilities as Controller are wide and she does a fantastic job of juggling these items on a daily and weekly basis. She assists staff with preparing month end reports and financial statements, works with outside auditors, and ensures that all of the other Accounting processes occur effectively and efficiently.
CFO Steven Maddux said, “Ginger is fantastic to work with. She has been instrumental in many of the great improvements PNS has made to the financial cycle. She always demonstrates a ‘can do’ attitude and leads by example. Her systematic approach to problem solving coupled with her dedicated work ethic makes her invaluable to PNS and I couldn’t be more proud to have her on my Team.”
Some of the many accomplishments lead by Ginger are:
- Significantly streamlining the monthly close process resulting in final financial information three days earlier than had previously occurred.
- Improving the Accounting group Press Ganey scores from the 26th%tile to the 84th%tile.
- Assisting with multiple Internal and External Audit initiatives.
- Instrumental in the initiative migrating OccMed invoicing out of GPMS and into QuickBooks.
- Managing the project of preparing PNS financial processes for GAAP audits in the future.
- Spearheading the project to move from manual spreadsheets to utilizing EPSI for all monthly budgeting variance activities.
When not at work, Ginger spends time with her family. Her husband Phillip is the Associate Principal at Coronado High School. They have two daughters: Kyndal is in 8th grade and Kayla is in the 3rd grade. Kyndal plays volleyball and Kayla participates in gymnastics. On the weekends, Ginger and Phillip help with the Children’s Ministry at Southcrest Baptist Church and have fun with K-3rd grade.