A Moving Plan, Big Boy Toys &A Minor Mishap

A proposed plan for the Texas County Memorial Hospital renovation project was presented to members of the TCMH board of trustees at their monthly meeting on Tuesday.

The renovation will begin inside the current hospital when certain departments within the hospital are relocated to the new construction. The relocation and the renovation will be done in phases.

“Doretta has assembled a relocation team that includes all affected departments and others that are needed to make the move happen such as maintenance and information technology,” Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH, said regarding Doretta Todd-Willis, chief nursing officer at TCMH.

Todd-Willis is also working with outside companies that install and service new equipment going into the construction and equipment that will be moved to the new construction. These companies are also scheduled to provide advance training to TCMH employees prior to installing new equipment.

“We will have the x-ray and CT units up and running first,” Murray said, describing the phases of moving into the new construction.

“The emergency department will move in the wee hours of the morning when the department is least busy,” Murray explained. “The ER will care for patients in the old and the new department until everything and everyone is moved.”

The plan will begin implementation the first week of March.

After the emergency, radiology and registration departments move to the new construction, renovation in the vacated areas will begin. Departments such as laboratory, cardiopulmonary and dietary will have increased space for patient care and for storage.

The hospital’s administrative offices will be displaced temporarily during the renovation portion, but all other hospital departments will be able to remain in their current location during renovation.

The second floor of the new construction will be completed with an estimated date to move in to the new floor in May.

“We are just a few months away from moving into our new construction,” Murray said, adding, “We want to be as prepared as possible.”

Murray also noted that the additional parking areas and new driving routes are “working well”.

A generator for the new construction has been put into place.

This new generator will power the new construction portion of the hospital during power outages.

This new generator will power the new construction portion of the hospital during power outages.


The generator is housed next to the new ambulance bay.  You can barely see the generator peeking out above the brick shelter where it sits.

The generator is housed next to the new ambulance bay. You can see the yellow of the generator peeking out above the brick shelter where it sits.


Electricians still have a maze of wires to connect to breaker boxes in the basement.  This is just a small portion of the wiring in the bowels of the new construction.

Electricians still have a maze of wires to connect to breaker boxes in the basement. This is just a small portion of the wiring in the bowels of the new construction.


Drywall installation is underway throughout the first and second floors.
Drywall is up in much of the first floor of the new construction.  This photo shows the private registration areas in the new registration department at TCMH.

Drywall is up in much of the first floor of the new construction. This photo shows the private registration areas in the new registration department at TCMH.

Drywall is being installed on the outer wall of a private patient room in the new medical surgical department on the second floor of the expansion.

Drywall is being installed on the outer wall of a private patient room in the new medical surgical department on the second floor of the expansion.


Headwalls for the patient rooms have also been delivered and are being installed.
This is where the headwall will go in the new ER trauma room.  The headwall has special tools in the wall that provide oxygen, suction and other medical devices.  Drywall is stacked in the floor of the trauma room awaiting installation.

This is where the headwall will go in the new ER trauma room. The headwall has special tools in the wall that provide oxygen, suction and other medical devices. Drywall is stacked in the floor of the trauma room awaiting installation.


“The project continues to progress well, and we are on target with our construction plan,” Murray said.

One minor mishap occurred on site involving an electrician, a lift and the helipad retaining wall.

Oops!  Backing from memory is never a good thing.

Oops! Backing from memory is never a good thing.


The only injury was the pride of the lift operator, an electrician that’s been working on the TCMH job for some time. The retaining wall and the grass below it can be repaired.
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