Grand Opening for New Construction on Thursday, May 16th

Texas County Memorial Hospital will host a public grand opening ceremony, including a ribbon cutting, for the 59,000 square foot expansion project on Thur., May 16th at 1 p.m.
The event will be held in front of the new hospital construction entrance. Following the formal ceremony and ribbon cutting, guests will be invited to tour the new facility. The building will remain open for tours and refreshments until 6 p.m.

Prior to the public grand opening ceremony, TCMH will host members of the Missouri Free Masons in a Masonic cornerstone laying ceremony at 11 a.m. on the East corner of the new construction.

Members of the Masonic Lodges of Texas County purchased the cornerstone, and John Broyles, deputy grand master of the Missouri Free Masons, will preside over the cornerstone event.

The public is also invited to participate in the cornerstone ceremony.

The expansion–the largest in the hospital’s 55-year history–features two floors of new patient care areas. The ground floor houses a 13-bed emergency department, a radiology suite and an expanded registration area. The second floor features a 32-bed medical surgical floor with private patient rooms. Additional renovation and remodeling will be done inside the hospital’s current structure as departments are moved to the new structure.

To fund the expansion, TCMH received an $18.1 million, low-interest loan from the United States Department of Agriculture. The 59,000 square foot expansion was funded with $16.9 million, and the second phase of renovation was funded by $1.2 million in loan funds.

“I hope that everyone that’s interested will come out and take part in this very special day in the history of our county hospital,” Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH, said.
Construction of the new facility began in the fall of 2011. TCMH will take ownership of the first floor of the expansion prior to the grand opening, but the hospital will not begin to use the new construction for patient care until after the grand opening.

Final work on the second floor of the new construction will continue to be in progress through mid-June, but visitors during the grand opening will be able to tour the second floor, too. A small portion of the second floor, including patient rooms will be open for touring on May 16.

“We chose to hold our grand opening in between moving into the first and second floors so our community would have the opportunity to take a good look inside the new emergency and radiology departments as well as the new medical surgical floor,” Murray said, explaining that when the departments are opened for patient use, it would have been much harder to provide public tours.

Related renovation is beginning inside the current hospital. When the affected departments vacate their current spaces into move to the new construction, renovation to create more space for many different TCMH departments will begin in earnest. The renovation portion of the project should be complete by September of this year.

The cornerstone dedication and grand opening ceremonies are open to the public. The hospital is located at 1333 S. Sam Houston Boulevard in Houston.

For additional information, contact Joleen Senter Durham, director of public relations at TCMH, (417) 967-1258.

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