Hospital Staff Plans Second Floor Move and Addition of Urgent Care Service

The Texas County Memorial Hospital board of trustees received an update on the plan to move into the second floor of new construction and the plan to add an urgent care in the emergency department at their monthly meeting on Tuesday.

“We will move the medical surgical department on June 14,” Doretta Todd-Willis, chief nursing officer at TCMH, told board members.

Todd-Willis explained that the state hospital inspection will be done a few days prior to the move.

“We will move med surg patients in the middle of the day,” Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH, said, explaining that the patients would be taken upstairs via the new patient/staff elevator.

“We expect the med surg move to go just as smoothly as the move we made to the first floor with the emergency and radiology departments,” Murray said. Murray, Todd-Willis and other department directors and staff members were on hand in the wee hours of the morning May 20 when the emergency department moved into its new location.

According to Murray, the TCMH emergency department was “busy” on the evening of May 19, but only one patient was actually cared for inside the old emergency department and moved to the new emergency department for continued care.

“We closed the door to the old emergency department and put a sign out to inform patients that the department had relocated,” Murray said.

Murray complemented Dr. Jeff Kerr, emergency department medical director, for the “positive support” he provided in moving to the new construction.

“Dr. Kerr worked that first night in the new ER, and it was a very exciting time for him,” Murray said.

Kerr is working with other members of the TCMH emergency department in planning the addition of an urgent care track that will be utilized during peak hours in the department.

“Dr. Kerr and the staff are still tweaking a few things related to the flow of the new department,” Murray said.

The urgent care will also open after the new helipad on the East side of the new construction is painted and receives approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. The concrete landing pad for the helicopters has been poured, and the pad still requires a few additional days to cure before paint can be applied to the pad.

The new helipad is not quite ready for use, so patients requiring air ambulance are being transported by ambulance from the new emergency department to the old helipad.  The new helipad will be ready for use in June.  It has a direct connection to the new TCMH emergency department.

The new helipad, shown here, will be ready for use in June. It has a direct connection to the new TCMH emergency department.

The new helipad is located steps from the new emergency department with its own entrance/exit in the department. Currently, the old helipad is being used for air emergency transportation and patients are being transported via ambulance to the helipad.

Renovation is underway in the portions of the hospital that have been vacated following moves by departments like radiology and ER.

“We have scaled back some of our renovation plans, and our architects have asked the contractors to re-bid the renovation work,” Murray said.

Working with HMN Architects, the changes in renovation plans will save TCMH some funds from the $18.1 million United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development low-interest loan. Those funds can be applied to other items that TCMH purchased–such as new radiology equipment–for the new construction.

“We want to make the best use of the funds we have available,” Murray said.

Betty Ice (left) and Barbara Wade, technologists in the laboratory at TCMH, are finding their way around inside the new, temporary laboratory office and specimen collection area.  The area was formerly the outpatient physician’s clinic, located off the lobby of TCMH.  The TCMH laboratory is undergoing renovation to enlarge the specimen collection area and office spaces.

Betty Ice (left) and Barbara Wade, technologists in the laboratory at TCMH, are finding their way around inside the new, temporary laboratory office and specimen collection area. The area was formerly the outpatient physician’s clinic, located off the lobby of TCMH. The TCMH laboratory is undergoing renovation to enlarge the specimen collection area and office spaces.


Look familiar?  This the current specimen collection area and offices for lab.

Look familiar? This the current specimen collection area and offices for lab.


Work stations, patient rooms and offices on the new second floor are being readied for occupation by medical surgical nursing staff on June 14.

Work stations, patient rooms and offices on the new second floor are being readied for occupation by medical surgical nursing staff on June 14.


The nutrition room for patients on the new second floor.

The nutrition room for patients on the new second floor.


The second floor pharmacy.

The second floor pharmacy.

Privacy curtains are up in patient rooms to allow healthcare providers to cordon off the room when needed.

Privacy curtains are up in patient rooms to allow healthcare providers to cordon off the room when needed.


Solid blinds have been installed in patient rooms.  They can be raised or lowered as needed over each of the large windows in each patient room.

Solid blinds have been installed in patient rooms. They can be raised or lowered as needed over each of the large windows in each patient room.


Kelly Bell, purchasing department director and PJ Murray of the maintenance department sort new furniture arriving for the second floor and deliver it to its proper location.

Kelly Bell, purchasing department director and PJ Murray of the maintenance department sort new furniture arriving for the second floor and deliver it to its proper location.


The physician dictation room on the second floor.

The physician dictation room on the second floor.


The nurse "report room" on the second floor.

The nurse “report room” on the second floor.


The nurse break room and lockers can be accessed from both ends of the second floor.  Here's the view of the new area from one side....

The nurse break room and lockers can be accessed from both ends of the second floor. Here’s the view of the new area from one side….

...and from the other side.

…and from the other side.


Furniture is just starting to show up in the main waiting area for the second floor.

Furniture is just starting to show up in the main waiting area for the second floor.


The patient activity room/sun room is also awaiting more furniture.

The patient activity room/sun room is also awaiting more furniture.

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One Response to “Hospital Staff Plans Second Floor Move and Addition of Urgent Care Service”

  1. Hi there! great post. Thanks for sharing a very interesting and informative content, it is a big help to me and to others as well, keep it up!

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