Crews work on a new patient tower at Texoma Medical Center.
Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas is nearing the final stages of a $50 million expansion project that features a new four-story tower and expanded emergency department boasting 110,000 square feet of additional space. Sourcing for the funds was not disclosed.
The tower has the capacity to be expanded to eight stories in the future, which is expected to increase both the number of beds and the hospital's staffing level, with the goal of making things more efficient for patients waiting to receive care.
According to the Herald Democrat, the first floor of the expansion doubles the size of the emergency department as well as the number of beds, and features a 16-bed chest pain unit, two extra trauma rooms and suites dedicated to tomography and imaging.
The second floor will be home to an expanded, 52-bed intensive care unit, while the third floor will have a new neonatal ICU, the only one of its kind in the region. The fourth floor will house additional beds and will effectively serve as a shel for future growth.
Still to be completed is a new helipad and hangar for emergencies, which will likely be built after the new wing is opened. The new wing is being constructed at the former entrance to the ER, with traffic routed behind the hospital during the construction phase.
Hospital officials said the expansion will result in 250 new positions, on top of the 300 or so doctors currently on staff. The project is projected to be finished by early 2018, at which point the existing emergency room will be renovated and connected to the new expansion, a phase that is expected to take about six months.