Clinic consolidation creates one-stop-shop for medical care in Temple

King's Daughters ClinicBig changes have taken place at King’s Daughters Clinic in Temple—all for the benefit of Little River Healthcare’s patients.

In the past, Temple patients seeking OB/GYN, Gastroenterology, Podiatry, and Ear, Nose & Throat services visited separate clinics, but as of August, these practices have moved to KDC, virtually creating a one-stop-shop for those seeking medical care in a variety of areas.

“This consolidation allows us to provide all of our services under one roof,” said Robert Torres, administrator at KDC. “It also allows for better patient care and patient access to the services we provide.”

Kay Hubbard, executive assistant at KDC, said the consolidation will makes things much easier for patients. “If a patient is seen in the Women’s Center or Gastro or Podiatry and they need lab work, we’re right here in the building,” she said. “They can walk across the hall and get their lab work done instead of having to jump in the car and drive somewhere.”

Hubbard said another benefit is if someone is seeing their Primary Care doctor and their doctor has a question for a specialist, they’re able to find someone right away. Jeff Madison, CEO of Little River Healthcare, said this makes a big difference because Little River Healthcare offers such a wide array of medical specialists.

“The more our providers are able to rub shoulders and talk to each other in the hallway, the better our ability to communicate about care and increase the colleagueship that needs to exist in a multispecialty group,” Madison said.

In addition to the consolidation of numerous clinics, plans are also in motion to add a physical therapy department in the near future. KDC is currently hiring for a Physical Therapy Director.

King’s Daughters Clinic is located at 1905 SW H.K. Dodgen Loop in Temple and is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. KDC also offers an urgent care center open after hours and on Saturdays. Please visit for more information or to schedule appointments.

Little River adds new imaging center in Waco

Waco ImagingLittle River Healthcare has added a clinic to its roster in Waco, creating a trio of offices that will serve patients in the area better than ever before.

The new clinic, Waco Imaging, shares the same building as Central Texas Urology and Waco Ear, Nose & Throat, the other two Little River clinics in Waco. Robert Torres, director of imaging services for LRH, said by having the partnership with Central Texas Urology and Waco ENT, it allows Waco Imaging to now provide imaging services to patients of those particular practices.

“The Imaging Center opened a couple of months ago, and now we are able to provide patients in that area with diagnostic x-rays, CT scans and ultrasounds,” he said.

Torres added that he is thrilled to have Waco Imaging as part of the Little River organization.

“One of the goals that Little River Healthcare has is that we want to make Little River’s presence along the I-35 corridor stronger and stronger,” he said. “By opening the Imaging Center in Waco, it continues to help us move farther north and serve more people.”

Waco Imaging is located at 601 West Hwy. 6 in the Six West Medical Center. Visit for more information.

Meet the doctor behind Little River’s newest health clinic in Salado

person-621045_1920A new health clinic has joined the Little River Healthcare family in Salado. The Salado Medical Clinic is the practice of Dr. Ramiro Pena—a seasoned doctor who has spent approximately 50 years practicing medicine.

Dr. Pena served as a trauma surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and had a lengthy career practicing private surgery at King’s Daughters Hospital in Temple until he retired in 1996. At that time he wasn’t ready to retire, he said, so he started his own family practice in Salado.

His clinic joined LRH Oct. 1 and will be developed as a rural health clinic. Plans are already in the works to build out the space next door to the clinic, doubling its size and creating space for other mid-level providers to practice there as well. The remodel is slated to be complete in early 2016.

The acquisition of his clinic by LRH is gratifying because it allows Dr. Pena to personally continue to be active and practice in an area he loves.

“I have a large following of people here and Salado is a very pleasant community,” he said. “Little River is allowing me to work in a group again and at the same time to be a little bit separate, so patients still get the advantages of a small, intimate family practice, yet we’ll have the facilities and specialists available that a large group practice allows.”

Salado Medical Clinic is located at 213 Mill Creek Drive, #180. The clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.