Christine Lee, NBC 5 Grand Prairie Reporter
After almost 10 years of planning, the 33,000 square foot Parkland Clinic will open this July in Grand Prairie.
After almost a decade of planning, the Parkland Hospital System will open the doors a clinic in Grand Prairie this summer.
The 33,000-square-foot facility will soon make life easier for the 175,000 people who call Grand Prairie home.
"Right now, our bus transit service makes about three round trips to Parkland in Dallas, and that is just for medical appointments," Grand Prairie spokeswoman Cami McKillop said.
Harrison Ondimu, a Grand Prairie resident without medical insurance, said he recently found himself in a desperate situation when his daughter had an asthma attack and couldn't breathe.
"I had to call for emergency services to get her all the way to downtown Fort Worth," he said.
Colette White, spokeswoman for the Parkland Hospital System, said Grand Prairie has 36,4000 uninsured residents who could benefit from the clinic.
She expected up to 100,000 people to pass through the doors on an annual basis.
White also said doctors would be available on-site.
"Initially, there will be seven (doctors), but then we will be adding staff pretty rapidly," she said.
White said up to 12 doctors will be working at the clinic when fully staffed. The new location will also bring 65 new jobs to Grand Prairie.
The city donated almost 5 acres of land to build the new facility.
Parkland Clinic in Grand Prairie is expected to open July 2.