Texas Health Fort Worth Announces Plans for New $57.7 Million Emergency Care Center

FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth will begin construction on a new $57.7 million emergency care center that will better meet the growing needs of patients in the Fort Worth area. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place Thursday, May 31, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the construction site, on the corner of West Terrell Street and Fifth Avenue.

The new emergency department is shown in this drawing, which may be updated or modified prior to construction
The new emergency department is shown in this drawing, which may be updated or modified prior to construction.
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The three-story, 75,000-square-foot emergency care center, planned for completion in fall 2013, will be one block south of the hospital’s current emergency department and will connect to the main hospital through a sky bridge. The new facility will nearly triple the square footage of the existing department and increase patient beds to 90 from the current 63.

“Our new emergency care center is a culmination of years of soliciting input from multiple city- and county-wide organizations in order to best create a facility that responds to the needs of our community,” said Dr. John Geesbreght, the hospital’s medical director of emergency services. “I believe Texas Health Fort Worth has done just that.”

Last year, the hospital’s emergency department cared for 97,309 patients and is on track to care for 100,000 patients in 2012. Having accreditation as a Level II Trauma Center, Primary Stroke Center, Cycle III Chest Pain Center, Heart Failure Center, and holding a Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission in the treatment of hip fractures makes the hospital an exceptional destination for emergency care. MedStar Emergency Medical Services transports more patients to Texas Health Fort Worth than to any other facility in its service area.

“As a major trauma center and tertiary hospital, Texas Health Fort Worth has one of the busiest emergency departments in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex,” said Lillie Biggins, president of Texas Health Fort Worth. “This expansion allows us to keep pace with the growing Fort Worth area population and continue to provide our community with access to quality, high level care.”

The new facility’s plans include a geriatric care clinic for elderly patients who require quick follow-up care after an emergency room visit, such as additional lab work or X-rays. The goal of the clinic is to provide a continuum of care for geriatric patients and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.

Plans also include a simulation multidisciplinary educational facility that focuses on emergency services. The simulation lab will allow caregivers from all areas of emergency services — including pre-hospital providers, nurses, physicians, medical students, residents, respiratory therapists — to practice working with one another in emergency situations. A mannequin “patient” that talks, bleeds, sweats, and makes lung and heart noises will lead caregivers through different treatment scenarios. Sessions are videotaped so that caregivers can debrief afterward and identify opportunities for improvement.

“The mannequins respond physiologically to treatment, and you can perform procedures on them, which makes the scenarios feel more realistic,” said Debbie Krauser, director of integration and education for the Fort Worth Emergency Services Collaboration. “The experience teaches caregivers from across all disciplines to work well with one another in high-stress situations and helps sharpen skills across the board.”

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is 726-bed, Magnet-designated regional referral center that has served the residents of Tarrant County since 1930. The hospital’s services include cardiovascular services, high-risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatal intensive care, and trauma/emergency medicine. Texas Health Fort Worth is also home to the 100-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Heart Center. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Fort Worth has more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and nearly 1,000 physicians practicing on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/FortWorth.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.