Drywall, Paint and Elbow Room

The dry wall work continues inside the new construction.

Spackle being applied...in the main corridor of the first floor.

Spackle being applied…in the main corridor of the first floor.


The former beams and posts are beginning to truly take shape. Check out this work:
This is the reception area for the new ER!

This is the reception area for the new ER!

This photo doesn’t even do justice to the natural light that will be in this area and the incredible amount of space.

Speaking of space, this is the current office of Ann Hamilton, radiology department director.ann's office nowAnn’s office is located inside the nuclear medicine room (which is not spacious either). Her office might have been some sort of utility area in the past. There’s tile on the wall, and she perches next to a set of counters to work on her computer.

Take a look at Ann’s future office:ann's office futureIt’s hard to “show” the size without furniture, but through the doorway the office is stacked with boxes of ceiling tiles. Basically, the office is spacious enough that it’s being used for storage right now!

More paint is going on the walls, too, especially in the future radiology department which will be completed first. There are lots of great earth tones in the paint color–chocolate, caramel, cappuccino. Or maybe those are ice cream tones?

Caramel colored walls are painted and ready for rails to be added along the walls.

Caramel colored walls are painted and ready for rails to be added along the walls.


Other earth tones are already on the walls in the new patient registration area.

Other earth tones are already on the walls in the new patient registration area.

Dr. Jeff Kerr, ER medical director, and Chris Weaver and Dana Wilson, ER staff, joined Wes Murray on a tour of the construction this week.

They are standing in the future ER trauma room, looking up at the area where the special lighting will go.

They are standing in the future ER trauma room, looking up at the area where the special lighting will go.

Chris, Dana and Dr. Kerr were very impressed by the patient/staff flow of the ER and radiology departments. They were also impressed by the number of bathrooms available. You can ask any hospital employee–it’s not easy to find and empty restroom in the current hospital! There are lots of bathrooms for patients and visitors as well as a number of bathrooms for staff members.
The tile in this bathroom is complete.  Now it just needs the bathroom fixtures.

The tile in this bathroom is complete. Now it just needs the bathroom fixtures.

The number of elevators in Houston will be added to significantly when the two elevators in the construction become operational. Work continues with elevator installation. The elevator in this photo is the visitor/public elevator. Not accessible by the public but located next to this elevator will be a patient/staff elevator.

Concrete blocks are added around the elevator.

Concrete blocks are added around the elevator.

A visitor to TCMH today asked about when the construction would be complete. When told “soon”, she remarked, “They’ve been saying that for a long time.” As these photos show, we’re just a few months away from the first patient arriving for care at the new ER.

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