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Hospital construction moves forward
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TRINITY – Ground preparation is nearly complete and actual construction of a new hospital wing is set to begin soon, according to ETMC-Trinity Administrator Warren Robicheaux. During a meeting Aug. 16, Robicheaux told the Trinity Memorial Hospital District (TMHD) board the final drawings for the new 15-patient room wing as well as other improvements are set to be completed over the next couple of weeks. “Once that is done, we will be ready to go,” he said. “Until then, there is no shortage of work to be done on the site.” In addition to the new patient wing, the project will include a new entrance and reception area, an area for a surgical suite and a new kitchen/dining hall. During the meeting, Robicheaux said East Texas Medical Center’s staff at its Tyler headquarters are currently preparing a deed transfer that will shift ownership of some of the land to be used for the new hospital wing to TMHD. The hospital district owns the hospital and the land on which it sits and leases it to ETMC to operate. Several years ago, ETMC purchased the land located between the hospital and Pine Valley Drive. The current expansion of the hospital will mean that much of the new patient wing will be built on land owned by ETMC. “We’re drawing up the deed to donate all of the land that the new building will touch,” Robicheaux told the board. “When the project is completed, the hospital district will own all of the land on which the building will sit.” The rest of the ETMC land north of the hospital is currently being converted into parking space and a new entrance/exit will be built connecting it with Pine Valley Drive. Other business During the meeting, the hospital board: • Learned that during July, ETMC provided $122,000 in free or discounted medical care to 19 patients seen in the local emergency room. Under its lease agreement with ETMC, the hospital district pays $25,,000 per month to help offset the cost of indigent medical care. In addition to the free care provided to those who qualify for the indigent program, ETMC also offers reduced cost care to low income people who qualify for its Charity Care Program. • Learned the hospital had recently completed a federal and state Medicare inspection which is administered to hospitals on a random basis. Robicheaux said the inspection was a detailed look at the hospital and ETMC-Trinity passed the review. • Learned that ETMC is in the process of interviewing a physicians assistant that they hope to add to the staff of the local clinic • Learned that work on an information brochure is nearing completion and that it should be ready in time to distribute at the Sept. 24-25 Trinity Community Fair. The brochure will contain information about the local hospital, hospital district and local medial services.