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ETMC Trinity patients settling in to new patient wing, surgery department

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 TRINITY, Texas - Since the May 1 ribbon-cutting that celebrated the completion of the $7.4 million expansion project at ETMC Trinity, hospital staff have been busily admitting patients into the spacious new 15-bed nursing unit, and marking the first surgery performed at the hospital in more than 20 years. 

Since the new nursing unit opened on May 21, it has averaged 10 patients each day and earned raves from patients and family members alike for its spacious, comfortable rooms and private baths.

"This is a very exciting time for ETMC Trinity. The new nursing wing brings the hospital up to the highest standards of patient care through the purchase of new high-performing beds and beautiful private rooms," said Brett Kirkham, hospital administrator. "We have been receiving such a positive response every day from patients and family members regarding the new rooms, and they are extremely happy to find out that the new rooms are all private."

On May 25, the hospital marked a milestone with the first surgical procedure in more than 20 years, performed by Bob Carlson, MD, FACS, a board certified general surgeon. Since then, more than 15 procedures, ranging from colonoscopies to hernia repairs, have been performed, allowing Trinity residents to recover while closer to home and family.

"It is nice to have a facility close so my patients don't have to go out of town," Dr. Carlson said. The surgery department offers two surgical suites, a post-anesthesia care unit, and areas for patients to be prepared for surgery.

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 The project was made possible through a partnership between the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System and the Trinity Memorial Hospital District. Previously the two entities partnered to renovate the emergency department and create a comfortable waiting area for its patients and families. They also worked together to create the spacious ETMC First Physicians clinic, which cares for hundreds of patients each month.

The recent construction project also included the creation of a new main entrance for the hospital, offering a drive-through canopy to protect visitors from the elements, a new lobby and comfortable registration areas.  An additional canopy has been added to the ambulance entrance of the emergency department.

A new kitchen, specially equipped with commercial food service equipment, and a cafeteria capable of seating 50 have been added at the hospital. "The new cafeteria and food service line have been well received by patient's family members, community members and staff. We have been averaging 30 meals a day and continue to explore offering new items to our menu," Kirkham said.

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Additional hospital parking has also been created.

Members of the Trinity Memorial Hospital District board are: Larry King, Carlyn Bluis, Jim Rippey, Jerry Russ, Lois Saldana, Cheryl Spearman, Laura Vanecek, Dave Ward and Marguery Williams.

Members of the ETMC Trinity board of directors are: Elmer G. Ellis, ETMC Regional Healthcare System president/CEO; ETMC Senior Vice President for Affiliate Operations Jerry Massey, ETMC Senior Vice President/CFO Byron Hale, ETMC Crockett Administrator Terry Cutler, Mr. King, Ms. Vanecek, Jessica Parish and Dr. Amol Deshpande.