Construction Update Given at Board Meeting

Paint, tile, flooring and ceiling tiles are part of the current TCMH expansion progress. “Cabinetry is being delivered for installation, and doors are going in,” Murray said.

Low cabinets in the radiology work station area.  Counter tops have also arrived that will be applied.

Low cabinets in the radiology area. Counter tops have also arrived that will be applied.

Cabinets for storage in a room in the new radiology department.  Doors have also been installed in the department.

Cabinets for storage in a room in the new radiology department. Doors have also been installed in the department.

Cabinets in the radiology employee break room.  The TCMH radiology staff have not had a staff break room to utilize in the past.

Cabinets in the radiology employee break room. The TCMH radiology staff have not had a staff break room to utilize in the past.

Sliding doors are located at each bay in the hospital registration area.  Glass will be installed in each door, allowing privacy for the patients that are registering at TCMH.

Sliding doors are located at each bay in the hospital registration area. Glass will be installed in each door, allowing privacy for the patients that are registering at TCMH.


According to Murray, the weekly “owners, agent, contractor” meetings are beginning to focus on the remodeling portion of construction that will take place inside the current hospital as certain departments are moved to the new construction.

“JE Dunn is asking the subcontractors to be proactive about looking for potential obstacles they might encounter in the current hospital which has portions that have been built from the 1960s to 1990s,” Murray explained.

In March TCMH is planning to hold a “thank you” barbeque lunch for the subcontractors.

“It will be an opportunity to provide lunch and to thank the subcontractors for the work they have done,” Murray said.

TCMH will also provide tours of the current construction to hospital employees during the lunch.

“It’s hard to keep our employees out of new construction right now,” Murray said. “There is a growing feeling of excitement among the staff.”

TCMH staff has also been looking at area urgent care and fast track emergency room models with plans of offering a faster care model for non-emergency patients in the new emergency department during peak times.

Current peak times in the TCMH ER are typically on weekends when there are no other healthcare options available in Texas County other than the emergency room. Forty-six percent of ER visits at TCMH are primary care-related health concerns rather than emergency healthcare needs.

“We anticipate that our volumes will go up in the new emergency department when it opens,” Murray said. “And we have identified mid-level providers that are interested and willing to work with our ER physicians to provide urgent care coverage.”

TCMH plans to roll out an urgent care option at peak times each weekend when the new ER opens.

The trauma room in the new emergency department received a "pour on" floor this week.  The floor is textured which helps prevent accidents from slipping when blood or other fluids end up on the floor.

The trauma room in the new emergency department received a “pour on” floor this week. The floor is textured which helps prevent accidents from slipping when blood or other fluids end up on the floor.

Another addition to the new TCMH emergency department is a bathroom with a basin for washing hair.  Many patients that have been in automobile accidents have blood and glass in their hair that needs to be removed before the patient can be treated.  A patient will be wheeled up to the basin and their hair can be cleaned before he or she is treated.

Another addition to the new TCMH emergency department is a bathroom with a basin for washing hair. Many patients that have been in automobile accidents have blood and glass in their hair that needs to be removed before the patient can be treated. A patient will be wheeled up to the basin and his or her hair can be cleaned before they treated.

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