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Texas Health Stephenville Adds 12 Private Rooms
05/18/2009

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville has converted a dozen of its semiprivate rooms on the inpatient floor to private rooms.

Texas Health Stephenville private room
Ilda Martinez, R.N., director of medical/surgical services at Texas Health Stephenville, said patients and families have been enjoying the new private rooms.

Hospital employees are enjoying working in the private rooms, which enable them to better discuss treatment options in private, provide education, and allows more work space, said Ilda Martinez, R.N., director of medical/surgical services at Texas Health Stephenville. The hospital now has eight semiprivate rooms and 23 private inpatient rooms. Previously the hospital operated 11 private rooms from this department.

“We are excited to be able to offer private rooms to most of our patients,” said hospital president Christopher Leu. “In the last few years the trend has been to convert semiprivate rooms. We look at ways to upgrade our rooms and make them more comfortable for our patients and their families on an ongoing basis.”

The private rooms include sleeper sofas or chairs for family members who chose to stay with their loved one. Hospital staff is continuing to look at ways to spruce up each room.

Although the number of beds on the unit was decreased to create the private rooms, there still is more than enough capacity for the hospital’s average number of patients each day even during the busy winter months, Martinez said.

“Our staff works diligently to care for each patient," she said. "Private rooms are just another way that we’re responding to our patients’ needs.”

Considerations for private room assignments may include medical necessity, infection control, pediatric patients and inpatient hospice care.

“We have received positive feedback from patients and families already,” Martinez said.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a 98-bed acute care, full-service facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital's services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, women’s services, advanced diagnostic imaging, inpatient and outpatient physical therapy and wound care. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized as a Nurse-Friendly Hospital and a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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