The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
On his first day of work at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Dr. David Reddell saw a few patients, tried to adjust to the new computer systems and went downstairs to be honored at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Permian Premier Health Services.
Reddell and nine other doctors are new to Perian Premier Health Services, which recruits and employs physicians to support the Texas hospitals of the IASIS Healthcare Corp. The Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce, the Nederland Chamber of Commerce and the Port Neches Chamber of Commerce coordinated the open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon to welcome the new additions to the staff.
Matt Roberts, CEO of the medical center, said the medical center spent millions of dollars over the past year to bring in these new physicians because, simply, it needed them.
“We expect over the next 25 years that they are going to be a tremendous asset to our patients and our community,” he said.
Having worked with the physicians to get them to the medical center, Roberts said he was excited about the new staff members.
Redell, a pediatrician, came to Port Arthur from Temple. He said this was an opportunity for him to be busier in a better atmosphere.
With grandchildren ranging in age from 2 months to 6 years old, Redell said he gets plenty of practice at home. But he enjoys taking care of children because they are not chronic complainers and they heal more quickly, he said.
“I tell people all the time that half of my job is taking care of mothers,” he said.
For Dr. Lei Chu, the medical center was the next step for her after completing her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center last year. Roberts recruited the urologist, who has been at the medical center for seven weeks, because he wanted her to succeed, she said.
“I really like the people here,” Chu said. “They’re very genuine. They’re very helpful. They’re very friendly.”
Because there is such a great demand for female urologists in the area, Chu said, she provides her services to the medical center and CHRISTUS - St. Mary, as well.
With nearly two months under her belt at the medical center, Chu was impressed by how advanced it is. She said the center had much of the same equipment she had used during her residency.
“The next thing we need are robots,” she said.