It is said that the measure of greatness is not in what
a man does, but in what he leaves behind for those who come after. Collom and Carney
Clinic Association, which started as an idea of "group practice" in the minds of
two physicians in Military Service, has now grown into one of the largest and most
important medical services complexes in the East Texas area.
From its humble beginnings in a renovated duplex on Main Street in Texarkana, Texas,
the clinic now boasts a facility of over 88,000 square feet at 4800 Texas Blvd.,
plus facilities at Central Mall, Wake Village, Summerhill Road, Galleria Oaks, New
Boston, and Hope, Arkansas. Collom & Carney Clinic provides a full range of
services, including diagnostic radiology, laboratory, ultrasound, on-site pharmacy,
physical therapy, optical shop and some limited respiratory therapy services.
What is more important is the impact that
Collom and Carney Clinic has made on thousands of individuals in the Texarkana area.
One patient said this: Dr. Carney saved my life. I was a senior at Texas High School
in 1947 and would go to his office down the street [at 619 Main] on my lunch hour.
I had fever and nosebleeds all the time. He found out I had something wrong with
my spleen and found
a way for me to go on the train to John Sealey Hospital in Galveston, Texas. Dr.
Carney was so patient and caring. I loved him. I'm here today because of him.
Another patient who had broken her leg while climbing a tree as a child in the 1940s,
was bedfast in a back bedroom for six months because her mother, who worked the
night shift at Red River Army Depot, could not afford a physician. Someone told
Dr. Collom about her, and after he examined her leg, he immediately provided an
ambulance and rode with her to Galveston, Texas. Osteomyelitis and gangrene had
set in, and after two years of treatment at John Sealey Hospital with the threat
of amputation, she received full use of her leg and learned to walk again.