EL RENO, Okla. – As a native Oklahoman, Dr. Richard Lowrance III always wanted to practice medicine in a small town in his home state.
Lowrance now has the opportunity to do just that. He joins the new Mercy Clinic in El Reno, located at 605 Southwest 27th Street. The facility is Mercy’s second primary care clinic in El Reno.
“El Reno is a place that is growing and I felt like it was a good opportunity to be part of that growth,” said Lowrance. “Being in a smaller community, I can participate more in the overall health of that community. I can be available locally for my patients so they don’t have to drive far for care.”
Lowrance received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City, and completed his residency in June at the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler Family Medicine Residency in Tyler, Texas. He has previously worked in the emergency room at Arbuckle Memorial Hospital in Sulphur, Oklahoma.
As a new provider, Lowrance looks forward to learning about all aspects of patients’ lives, including their spiritual and social lives.
“I became a family medicine doctor so I could treat an entire family’s health needs,” he said. “Every day when I come to work I think, ‘if this was a family member of mine, how would they want to be treated?’ Part of my job is to also educate patients with the right information so they can take their health into their own hands.”
Lowrance relocated to the area from Tyler, Texas, with his wife, Mandi, and their two young children. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, camping and rock climbing. He is also an active member of his church.
Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 33 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and one orthopedic hospital, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Mercy Clinic is a physician-governed group of more than 2,000 medical providers across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. In Oklahoma, Mercy Clinic is more than 300 providers and 65 clinics statewide. With access to Mercy’s facilities, electronic health records, telemedicine and each other, Mercy Clinic providers can give their patients the best care available, regardless of the patient’s location. Patients of Mercy Clinic providers can connect to their own health records and health teams anywhere they connect to the Internet. For more information, visit www.mymercy.net.