HMEC Receives $136,000 Federal Grant for Radiology Services
02/19/2008

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Harris Methodist Erath County (HMEC) Hospital announces that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has provided the hospital with a $136,000 grant for facility and equipment renovations for the radiology services department. The hospital expansion grant was submitted through U.S. Rep. John Carter of District 31.

“We are delighted to receive this grant to support the improvements we are making at the hospital,” said Christopher Leu, president of HMEC. “With the growing demand for radiology services in this community, the department is working to expand and update equipment.”

HMEC serves approximately 2,800 inpatients and well over 26,000 outpatients on an annual basis. These numbers are expected to grow each year, along with the population of Erath County.

The grant has funded enhanced patient care opportunities by supporting additions in technology, including the hospital’s contribution to an upgraded 32-slice computerized tomography (CT) scanner, a new 3D/4D ultrasound unit, and a digital Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS). The PACS technology allows for efficient computer storage and instantaneous Internet transmission of images. It replaced outdated radiology films, which used significant hospital storage space and were time-consuming and cumbersome to distribute to physicians and patients.

“I am proud to represent Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital and congratulate them on receiving these funds,” Carter said. “The recent additions in the radiology department have set in motion new patient care opportunities. These federal funds will be used to further enhance those opportunities within the department with emphasis especially on technological advancements and patient flow.”

In addition to supporting the recent technological advances, the funds were used to enlarge the radiology area. Prior to the remodel, the radiology department was operating within about half the space necessary according to national industry standards. The recent remodel nearly doubled the department space and included a new patient reception and waiting room. Increased patient comfort and privacy were addressed with larger, updated exam rooms and the addition of new dressing rooms and bathrooms.

“We believe these renovations and upgrades will allow HMEC to better serve the needs of the community,” Leu added. “This grant helped us take another step toward achieving our goals.”

The federal grant, along with continued support from Texas Health Resources, enables HMEC to continue providing the highest quality medical care to Erath County and surrounding communities.

About Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital
Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital is a 98-bed community hospital that provides health care for residents in Erath and the surrounding counties. As one of 13 hospitals in the Texas Health Resources system, Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital offers the compassion, respect, and commitment nurtured by one of the largest faith-based nonprofit hospital systems in the United States.

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. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR’s family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.