Counting Down the Days

Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH, gave our local dignitaries a tour of the new construction last week. Members of the Texas County Commission–Fred Stenger, John Casey and Linda Garrett–took part in the tour that also included county assessor, Debbie James. Familiar with the current emergency room, radiology department and other patient care areas at TCMH, the commissioners found it easy to see why TCMH staff are counting down the days to moving into the new construction.

Commissioner Linda Garrett (far left) asks a question of Wes Murray, CEO while standing just outside the new ambulance garage.  Murray is next to Garrett, followed by Commissioners Fred Stenger and John Casey.

Commissioner Linda Garrett (far left) asks a question of Wes Murray, CEO while standing just outside the new ambulance garage. Murray is next to Garrett, followed by Commissioners Fred Stenger and John Casey.


John Casey, Debbie James, Linda Garrett, Wes Murray and Fred Stenger stand in a main hallway in the new emergency department.

John Casey, Debbie James, Linda Garrett, Wes Murray and Fred Stenger stand in a main hallway in the new emergency department.

The second floor of the new construction will not be ready in move into until June.

Stacks of ceiling tiles are on pallets on the 2nd floor.

Stacks of ceiling tiles are on pallets on the 2nd floor.


The second floor "nutrition room" where coffee, snacks and other items will be available for patients, has cabinetry installed.

The second floor “nutrition room” where coffee, snacks and other items will be available for patients, has cabinetry installed.


A nurse's station area has cabinetry in place on the second floor.

A nurse’s station area has cabinetry in place on the second floor.


The stairwell rails are painted, and the stairwell walls are in various stages of receiving paint.

The stairwell rails are painted, and the stairwell walls are in various stages of receiving paint.

On the first floor, the area with the most major construction work remaining is the space between the new construction and the current hospital. The ceiling grids are in place, ready to receive tiles. Drywall work is also being done.
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Looking through the former front doors into the current front lobby.

Looking through the former front doors into the current front lobby.

The radiology department is just about ready for staff to begin training on the new equipment–digital mammography, two new X-ray units and a new CT unit.

X-ray unit

X-ray unit


X-ray unit

X-ray unit


CT unit

CT unit


New chairs waiting to be used in the CT work station area.

New chairs waiting to be used in the CT work station area.


The rolling shelves from the current radiology department have been moved and installed in the new department to hold supplies.

The rolling shelves from the current radiology department have been moved and installed in the new department to hold supplies.

In the new emergency department….

Doors connecting the main ER hallway to the helipad area have been put into place.

Doors connecting the main ER hallway to the helipad area have been put into place.


The ER pharmacy room is taking shape--just lacking a window in the door.

The ER pharmacy room is taking shape–just lacking a window in the door.


A work station in the ER makes a good place to lay blueprints.

A work station in the ER makes a good place to lay blueprints.


All patient care areas including bathrooms are equipped with a cord for the patient to pull to alert staff of any emergencies a patient may experience while in the room.

All patient care areas including bathrooms are equipped with a cord for the patient to pull to alert staff of any emergencies a patient may experience while in the room.


Each patient room in the new ER and the new med surg features a small window with an enclosed blind that can be opened or closed by the staff when they want to check on a patient without actually going into the room and possibly disturbing a sleeping patient.

Each patient room in the new ER and the new med surg features a small window with an enclosed blind that can be opened or closed by the staff when they want to check on a patient without actually going into the room and possibly disturbing a sleeping patient.


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Move in is just one month away…and cars will be driving under this brand new canopy….
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