Improving patient care: Moore Co. Memorial Hospital building new addition

Improving patient care: Moore Co. Memorial Hospital building new addition
A street view of the current 70-year-old Moore Co. Memorial Hospital; Source: KFDA
A banner inside the hospital shows a rendering of the new facility; Source: KFDA
A banner inside the hospital shows a rendering of the new facility; Source: KFDA
A sign shows 2nd street closed as crews work on the new addition; Source: KFDA
A sign shows 2nd street closed as crews work on the new addition; Source: KFDA
Construction cones block off access to the construction zone for the new facility; Source: KFDA
Construction cones block off access to the construction zone for the new facility; Source: KFDA

DUMAS, TX (KFDA) - Residents in Moore County will see an upgrade to their health care facilities since construction is in progress for a new addition to the Moore County Memorial Hospital.

The new addition will be state-of-the art, and it's all in an effort to improve the quality of patient care.

"A new addition that will essentially replace all of our patient care services in to a new 55,000 sq.ft., two-story structure," said Moore County Medical District CEO Jeff Turner.

CEO Turner believes they already provide outstanding patient care, the new addition just be an increase to ability to respond to community situations.

"We will be gaining new surgical suites, we will also be gaining [a] new GI lab, and procedure rooms," said Turner. "We will be expanding our emergency department to include the ability to not only do the emergency and trauma work, but also to be more responsive to the community for urgent care type needs."

Other services like physical therapy, which are currently done off-site, will be brought back under one roof. Turner says that will improve efficiency.

"Our services will just make them more efficient," said Turner. "They are closer to where the services are being delivered. So when we need to work out issues, we are able to do that more efficiently, face-to-face, and [by] doing those things on campus."

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Another issue spurring the addition is the current age of the facility.

"Our existing facility turns 70-years-old today," said Turner."

Modern medicine practices have changed a lot in nearly three quarters of a century.

"There's been quite a bit of change in medicine in the last 70 years," said Turner. "So when you're trying to provide modern medicine in a facility that was built for the standard of care 70 years ago, you can naturally understand some of the challenges that are providers and physicians are having in order to do that."

Originally, funding for the new addition was intended to come from a bond measure.

However, plans change.

"The bond did not pass," said Turner. "We understood that [it not passing was] not [because of] a lack of support for the local hospital and providing for the hospital; it simply was a response to 'we don't want to pay for the facilities with taxes.' We accept that."

That's when the medical district decided on another route to get the addition built.

"No tax dollars are being used to support his project," said Turner. "I like to say we're going to pay for this the old fashioned way where revenues exceed expenses."

In addition to personal finances, three local banks and the USDA will chip in funds to have the upgrades done.

Turner says the overall plan is in the best interest of the community.

"We're excited to be able to do this for our community, we think it's a great value," said Turner. "Not only does this need to be done, but we also believe it's being done in a way that the community benefits without having the tax burden."

The new addition will begin accepting patients in late summer of 2019, with full construction being done near winter of 2019. As for renovations to the existing building, those will be completed some time in 2020.

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