Children’s Medical Center will formally open a new primary care office Friday in Irving at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Mayor Beth Van Duyne.

The ceremony marks the opening of the 15th MyChildren’s location. It’s the latest expansion of Children’s pediatric primary care practices into neighborhoods where high numbers of families depend on Medicaid and the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Media tours of the site are available after the ribbon-cutting, which is at 2:30 p.m. Friday at 1111 W. Airport Fwy, Suite143, Irving, Texas 75062.

“We are so pleased to open the doors in Irving,’’ said Dr. Ray Tsai, Medical Director of MyChildren’s. “For years, some people in this community have been taking their children to our Bachman Lake location, which was the first MyChildren’s office to open 13 years ago.

“Now, many of those families can get the same consistent level of care at a practice even closer to their homes,’’ Tsai said. “That means parents will miss less work and children will miss less school. We are happy to be part of this community.’’

Each MyChildren’s practice is located in a neighborhood where even those with Medicaid may find it difficult to get adequate care. Declining reimbursement rates prevent many physicians from accepting new Medicaid patients.

MyChildren’s Irving is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All MyChildren’s locations are staffed by highly trained nurses and physicians who are board-certified in pediatrics.

The first six clinics were recently recognized as Level 3 patient-centered medical homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and were among the first in the nation to be recognized under NCQA’s newest guidelines.

Founded in 1913, the not-for-profit Children’s Medical Center is the fifth-largest pediatric healthcare provider in the country, receiving nearly 700,000 patient visits annually with 595 licensed beds at its two full-service campuses in Dallas and Plano, and multiple specialty clinics and 15 primary care MyChildren’s locations.

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