Community members joined with representatives of the East Texas
Medical Center Regional Healthcare System and the Fairfield
Hospital District today to celebrate the opening of the final phase
of a multi-year construction and renovation project at ETMC
"We are so excited to open this phase of our construction and
renovation to the public. With its completion, the people of
Fairfield and surrounding communities have what is essentially a
new hospital. And, this work has been completed at a fraction of
the cost of constructing an entirely new facility," said Ruth "Raz"
Cook, FACHE, administrator of ETMC Fairfield.
"The upgrades to our infrastructure and equipment, as well as
the expansion and remodeling of our facilities, will make providing
healthcare services easier for our staff and provide a more
pleasing and comfortable atmosphere for our patients and guests,"
The area opened today includes a newly constructed six-room
north wing, remodeled areas at the core of the facility and a
remodeled east patient wing, as well and infrastructure
ETMC, in partnership with the hospital district, funded the
nearly $3.7 million final phase of the project. The FHD provided
$1.478 million for the project. ETMC provided the remaining $2.2
The 4,179-square-foot new north wing includes six rooms -- two
intermediate care rooms, observation and isolation rooms, offices
for nutrition services and dictation and storage areas.
In the newly renovated east patient wing, 14 inpatient rooms
were converted to eight spacious private rooms. The rooms were
enlarged to meet today's hospital standards and include new
equipment, mechanical systems and furnishings.
The hospital's core was remodeled, which included a major
upgrade to the mechanical and infrastructure systems -- replacing
and enlarging air handling equipment and much of the electrical
circuitry for the area.
As part of the remodel, the dining room was expanded to double
its previous size. The area received all new finishes, floors,
ceilings and a new entry. The nurses' station was remodeled,
corridors received a facelift and a new assisted bathing facility
was constructed. In addition, a new waiting area was created for
family members and friends of patients undergoing inpatient
care or outpatient procedures.
More than 11, 500-square-feet of the existing facility was part
of the remodeling project. Fitzpatrick Architects of Tyler was the
architect and RPR Construction of Tyler was the contractor.
"This effort would not have been possible without our
partnership with the Fairfield Hospital District Board and their
support of our efforts to provide the highest quality healthcare to
the citizens we serve," said Perry Henderson, senior vice
president, ETMC affiliate operations.
Phases I and II
Construction began nearly four years ago on the master facility
plan to renew and expand ETMC Fairfield. The first phase involved
the expansion and renovation of the hospital's emergency
department, which was completed and opened in the fall of 2011. The
emergency department now features nine spacious treatment rooms and
a light-filled waiting area, while the triage room, located beside
the patient reception desk, enables the staff to quickly assess
Phase II, which was dedicated in the fall of 2012, added 11,000
square feet to the hospital's foot print and featured a new front
entry with a fountain, extensive landscaping and additional
parking, as well as a new ETMC First Physicians clinic, lobby and
That addition also houses cardiopulmonary rehabilitation,
outpatient registration and an administrative suite featuring
offices, a small conference room and a larger board room.
Mechanical and electrical system upgrades were included in phase II
of the project, as well.
Construction and upgrade expenditures for phases I and II
totaled approximately $13 million.