Saying Thank You

Thursday, March 14th was a beautiful day in the Ozarks. The sun was shining and the weather was warming. TCMH couldn’t have asked for better conditions in mid-March when they began planning a “Thank You Barbeque” several weeks ago.

Numerous subcontractors are working on the hospital expansion construction. Right now there are subcontractors doing everything from wiring to lighting to flooring to cabinetry or glass installation. About 50 people a day are on site working for various subcontractors. Some of the subcontractors are specialists in their field doing things like installing radiology equipment, and they do not claim Texas County as home. Other subcontractors are our friends and neighbors, working for Gentry Construction in Houston and Wood Mechanical in Cabool. No matter what the subcontractor does or where they call home, they are playing an important role in the future of healthcare in Texas County.

TCMH and JE Dunn, the general contractor for the project, took the opportunity to thank the subcontractors with a barbeque lunch on Thursday. The event was held inside the new ambulance garage that has been built.

Before everyone dived into hamburgers and hot dogs hot off the grill, Wes Murray, TCMH CEO welcomed the group and the employees representing many hospital departments that also came to say thank you.

Wes addresses the crowd.

Wes addresses the crowd.


Dr.Jeff Kerr, emergency department medical director, also addressed those present. He has worked in the TCMH emergency room since 1989 when it had just three beds and a doorbell. He expressed his pride in what the emergency department is today and in the state of the art department that he and the ER staff will move into in late May.

“Even if you are not from Texas County, this is your hospital that you helped build,” Kerr told the subcontractors present. He told the story of his father, an electrician, that wired are large mall in Arizona. The mall is still standing today, and when he and his family members see the mall, they are reminded of Kerr’s father.

"Your work here is not forgotten," Kerr said.

“Your work here is not forgotten,” Kerr said.

Neal Palmer with JE Dunn also thanked the subcontractors for the work that they have done. He noted that many of them might not see the final product, but they “are building a place where miracles will take place”.

Neal Palmer with JE Dunn

Neal Palmer with JE Dunn

Hospital employees were invited in small groups to tour the new construction while the subcontractors had lunch.

Jerri Sue Crump, ER nurse manager, shows a staff member the new department under construction.

Jerri Sue Crump, ER nurse manager, shows a staff member the new department under construction.

In other construction news for the week…

The partition for the triage room has been installed.  Lights are also going in.

The partition for the triage room has been installed. Lights are also going in.

Cabinetry is going in on the first floor.  This is inside an exam room in the Radiology department.

Cabinetry is going in on the first floor. This is inside an exam room in the Radiology department.

This is the Radiology department waiting area and reception desk.

This is the Radiology department waiting area and reception desk.

Lockers for staff have been installed in the new departments.

Lockers for staff have been installed in the new departments.

The new CT unit is in place.

The new CT unit is in place.

The CT unit control room.

The CT unit control room.

New X-ray unit 1 in currently being installed.

New X-ray unit 1 in currently being installed.

New X-ray unit 2 is also being installed.

New X-ray unit 2 is also being installed.

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