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ETMC Trinity breaks ground on new patient wing, hospital entrance

Trinity Groundbreaking 



Trinity Memorial Hospital District Board of Directors President Larry King, ETMC President/CEO Elmer G. Ellis,ETMC Trinity Administrator Warren Robicheaux pose at the recent groundbreaking event.

TRINITY, Texas – Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on Monday, April 26, in celebration of a construction project to build a new patient wing, entrance and cafeteria space at ETMC Trinity by the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System and members of the Trinity Memorial Hospital District board of directors.

“We are very pleased that construction is beginning on the new patient wing and other areas of expansion at ETMC Trinity,” said Larry King, president of the Trinity Memorial Hospital District board of directors. “This groundbreaking ceremony marks the latest in a long list of accomplishments, which the hospital district board and ETMC have achieved by working in partnership to benefit healthcare services in Trinity County.”

Previously the two entities partnered to renovate the emergency department and create a comfortable waiting area for its patients and families. Last year, they opened the new ETMC First Physicians clinic, which cares for hundreds of patients each month.

ETMC's Mission
“ETMC’s mission centers on advancing healthcare to the highest level possible in the home communities we serve,” noted Elmer G. Ellis, president/CEO of the ETMC Regional Healthcare System. “This groundbreaking is rewarding, as we see another dream on its way to becoming a reality for ETMC Trinity and all the people it serves. We are proud to recognize the benefits of the community partnership that makes this expansion possible.”
Patients and their families will benefit from the new construction.

“The highlight of our construction project will be a new patient care wing, offering 15 private, comfortable patient rooms --- each with its own bath. Each room is designed for efficient nursing care, and to provide a comfortable, attractive space for our patients and their families during their hospital stay,” said ETMC Trinity Administrator Warren Robicheaux. “This is an exciting day in the life of our hospital.”

New Main Entrance
The construction project will also include the creation of a new main entrance for the hospital, offering a drive-through canopy to protect visitors from the elements. Inside, a new lobby and registration areas will comfortably accommodate visitors. An additional canopy will be built for the ambulance entrance of the emergency department.
A new kitchen, specially equipped with commercial food service equipment, will be complemented by a hospital cafeteria capable of seating 50.

The project will also include creating shell space for a future surgery department with two surgical suites, a post-anesthesia care unit, and areas for patients to be prepared for surgery. A new mobile technology pad will also be added to the hospital, and additional hospital parking will be created.

The project is estimated to be a $7.4 million investment into healthcare services in Trinity County, and is a joint effort of the ETMC system and the Trinity Memorial Hospital District.

Members of the Trinity Memorial Hospital District board, in addition to Mr. King, are: Carlyn Bluis, Jim Rippey, Jerry Russ, Lois Saldana, Cheryl Spearman, Travis Starr, Dave Ward and Marguery Williams.

Members of the ETMC Trinity board of directors are: Mr. Ellis, Mr. King, Jerry Massey, Byron Hale, Terry Cutler, Jessica Parish, and Pam Weaver.
The East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System is East Texas’ largest healthcare system. ETMC facilities include hospitals in Athens, Carthage, Clarksville, Crockett, Fairfield, Gilmer, Henderson, Jacksonville, Mount Vernon, Pittsburg, Quitman, Trinity and Tyler, in addition to the ETMC Rehabilitation Hospital and ETMC Specialty Hospital.

Originally posted May 6 2010