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Groundbreaking slated for ETMC patient wing
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TRINITY – Construction of a new patient wing and other improvements to East Texas Medical Center – Trinity will officially kickoff Monday during groundbreaking ceremonies scheduled for noon at the local hospital. The public is invited to attend. East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System and the Trinity Memorial Hospital District’s (TMHD) board of directors have partnered to build a new 15-room patient wing, entrance and cafeteria space at ETMC Trinity. Space for surgical suites also will be added during the construction project. “We are very pleased that construction is beginning on the new patient wing and other areas of expansion at ETMC-Trinity,” said Larry King, president of the TMHD board of directors. “This groundbreaking ceremony marks the latest in a long list of accomplishments, which the hospital district board and ETMC have achieved by working in partnership to benefit healthcare services in Trinity County.” Previously the two entities partnered to renovate the emergency department and create a comfortable waiting area for its patients and families. Last year, they opened the new ETMC First Physicians Clinic, which cares for hundreds of patients each month. “ETMC’s mission centers on advancing healthcare to the highest level possible in the home communities we serve,” noted Elmer G. Ellis, president/CEO of the ETMC Regional Healthcare System. “Monday’s groundbreaking is rewarding, as we see another dream on its way to becoming a reality for ETMC Trinity and all the people it serves. We are proud to recognize the benefits of the community partnership that makes this expansion possible,” Ellis added. The new wing will offer 15 private, comfortable patient rooms, each with its own bath. “Studies show that the healing process is enhanced by a comfortable environment, and we are very pleased that we will be able to provide our patients and their families with large, private rooms,” said ETMC Trinity Administrator Warren Robicheaux. “Each room will be designed so that the nursing staff can provide care efficiently to our patients, while also serving as an attractive, pleasant space.” The construction project will also include the creation of a new main entrance for the hospital, offering a drive-through canopy to protect visitors from the elements. Inside, a new lobby and registration areas will comfortably accommodate visitors. An additional canopy will be built for the ambulance entrance of the emergency department. A new kitchen, specially equipped with commercial food service equipment, will be complemented by a hospital cafeteria capable of seating 50. The project will also include creating shell space for a future surgery department with two surgical suites, a post-anesthesia care unit, and areas for patients to be prepared for surgery. A new mobile technology pad will also be added to the hospital, and additional hospital parking will be created. The project is estimated to be a $7.4 million investment into healthcare services in Trinity County, and is a joint effort of the ETMC system and TMHD. Members of the TMHD board, in addition to King, are: Carlyn Bluis, Jim Rippey, Jerry Russ, Lois Saldana, Cheryl Spearman, Travis Starr, Dave Ward and Marguery Williams. Members of the ETMC-Trinity board of directors are: Ellis, King, Jerry Massey, Byron Hale, Terry Cutler, Jessica Parish and Pam Weaver. The East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System is East Texas’ largest healthcare system. ETMC facilities include hospitals in Athens, Carthage, Clarksville, Crockett, Fairfield, Gilmer, Henderson, Jacksonville, Mount Vernon, Pittsburg, Quitman, Trinity and Tyler, in addition to the ETMC Rehabilitation Hospital and ETMC Specialty Hospital. ETMC is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life in communities throughout East Texas. For more information, please visit on the web at www.etmc.org.