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Hospital emergency department moves to new quarters

Henderson, Texas – The emergency department (ED) at ETMC Henderson now occupies new quarters as part of the hospital’s ongoing expansion project.

The ED has moved from its previous location to seven recently completed exam rooms in a newly constructed portion of the hospital. The new area includes two major treatment rooms and five additional exam rooms.

“When the project is complete, we will have 12 rooms, up from our current seven, which should allow doctors to see patients more quickly,” said John Montalto, director of the emergency department at ETMC Henderson. “The two major treatment rooms have more space, which will allow us to better access the patient in order to stabilize critically injured or ill patients.”

New rooms includeThe new rooms include some glass walls, with curtains that can be drawn for privacy, that improve visibility for the ED staff, Montalto said. “These rooms are more spacious and provide better visibility when we are monitoring patients.”

The old ED will be closed so that the area can be renovated, providing an additional five new exam rooms. The project should be complete in four to five months.
“We are excited to be moving into our new emergency department facilities,” said Mark Leitner, ETMC Henderson administrator. “These new facilities are not only visually pleasing, but are designed to facilitate the most efficient provision of quality emergency care for our patients. We look forward to continuing to expand and renovate our facilities in order to better meet the healthcare needs of the people of Henderson and Rusk County.”

New ambulance entranceIn addition to moving into the new facilities, in the coming weeks, ambulances will begin to access the ED through a new entrance on the west side of the building. Since construction began, ambulances and others have been accessing the ED through the main entrance of the hospital.

Patients not transported by ambulance, but still seeking care in the ED, will continue to use the main hospital entrance on Wilson Street. Guests are reminded that the covered drive at the main entrance may be used to drop off or pick up patients, but parking in the drive is prohibited.

The ED entrance will be relocated to the west side of the building when construction is complete on the new hospital entrance and lobby area, which is expected by the end of the year.

The new lobby area will house admissions and registration, as well as a larger general hospital waiting area. A separate ED waiting area with 24-hour access and a walk-in entry with a covered drive will open at that time as well.

New heating, ventilation and air conditioning New heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems have been installed to support the expanded areas of the hospital. Additionally, the hospital’s main electrical system has been rebuilt throughout, including the addition of a new generator to provide emergency power.
Improvement efforts have moved beyond new construction. Seven patient rooms on the hospital’s fourth floor have been refurbished to create a more comfortable environment. Cosmetic improvements include new flooring, ceilings, lighting, paint, oak doors, millwork and headwall units. Bathrooms were updated with new tile, spacious showers and new fixtures.

The rooms also feature new LED televisions, an upgraded nurse call system, new Hill-Rom beds and furniture. The corridors in the area of the refurbished rooms also received a facelift with updated floors, walls and ceilings.

“These rooms have a whole new look—one that we believe is more visually pleasing and also more comfortable for our guests,” Leitner said.

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.