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Local ophthalmologists merge into new facility on Highway 72

Dr. John Shipp welcomes Bruce Feathers of Tiplersville as the first patient to be treated Monday at the new Shipp Wooten Eye Center facility.

Photo by Kenny Carson

By L.A. Story

Daily Corinthian

Two well-established ophthalmology practices have merged to provide Crossroads area patients with a wide range of services under one roof.

The Shipp Wooten Eye Center is a new facility which began receiving patients Monday. The center is a modern facility in a highly visible location at the intersection of U.S. Highways 45 and 72.

Coming together are Bernard Shipp, M.D. and John Shipp, M.D. of Shipp Eye Clinic and Darwin Wooten, M.D. of Crossroads Eye Clinic.

Dr. Bernard Shipp established his practice over 40 years ago and his son, Dr. John Shipp, joined the practice in 2009. Dr. Wooten came back to Corinth to establish a practice around 2000.

Among other factors, the decision to merge came from a mutual desire on the part of each doctor to offer more for their patients.

"Dr. Wooten and I have been colleagues for the past several years and we looked at our practices and saw a lot of similarities in the practices and our approach to patient care," said Dr. John Shipp. "We both had respected practices and we saw the potential for these two practices coming together to provide a service for patients — for our community — that we thought would be better together rather than separate."

The discussion regarding a merge began about three years ago, said Shipp. He added that one of the drivers for the discussion was for the doctors to be able to provide surgery for their patients in the same building as their clinic.

"We do have a lot of patients that need surgery and so the convenience of providing them with one place to come was something that we thought would be really beneficial," said Shipp.

The serious part of the process began two years ago, when the doctors began to talk to architects and consultants concerning the feasibility of what they hoped to accomplish. Plans progressed from there and construction of the Shipp Wooten Eye Center began in February 2018. The completed facility is 12,000 square square feet, The clinic side takes up 8,000 square feet, while the surgery center takes up the remaining 4,000.

"We want to do what's best for our patients and part of that is offering everything under one roof," said Shipp. "It's also offering the best technology, the best techniques to deliver the best care, the best way possible. We wanted to do that with a team approach.

We feel like patients in this community deserve the best and we feel that there's no reason they need to go anywhere outside of our community to receive first class eye care and part of this facility is to be able to provide that."

(The Shipp Wooten Eye Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located at 306 Bradley Road —the intersection of U.S. Highways 45 and 72 —in Corinth. For more information, call 662-286-2020.)