Doctors Darwin Wooten, John Shipp combining practices
By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
A new eye clinic and surgery center is coming into view at the northwest corner of U.S. Highway 45 and U.S. Highway 72 West in Corinth.
Corinth ophthalmologists Dr. Darwin Wooten and Dr. John Shipp are combining their practices to start a new eye clinic and modern surgery center.
Wooten said he thinks it will be nice for the patients to have the clinic and surgery center in the same location. The facility will have the latest technology and provide “outstanding” care to the community and surrounding area, Wooten added.
The building’s frame is starting to go up, and the clinic and surgery center is expected to open in early 2019. It will be called the Shipp & Wooten Eye Center and the Specialty Surgery & Laser Center.
The clinic and surgery center will be located under the same roof but will be separated into their own facilities.
Wooten and Shipp, who are both comprehensive ophthalmologists, currently utilize a surgery center at Magnolia Regional Health Center. The hospital’s surgery center is great, including the staff, nurses and other physicians, Wooten said.
While the hospital provides excellent facilities and top-notch medical staff, Wooten said it is a natural progression for ophthalmologists nationally to have their own surgery centers. He has conducted surgery at the hospital since 2001 and said he and Shipp will remain on the hospital’s medical staff.
Wooten’s current eye clinic is on Corder Drive and Shipp, who practices with his dad, Dr. Bernard Shipp, has a clinic on Linden Street.
The three doctors will move from their current locations to the new facility once it is ready. The surgical center will provide outpatient procedures, such as oculoplastic surgery, glaucoma operations and cataract surgery.
Having three doctors under one roof will benefit patients in terms of scheduling and accessing different areas of expertise, Wooten said.