Texas Health Kaufman’s Future Includes More Medical Office Space, Expansion of Services|
KAUFMAN, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman President Patsy Youngs sees a bright future for the 91-bed, full service hospital.
The hospital is preparing to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a fun run and birthday bash at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 28. Texas Farm Bureau Insurance of Kaufman is the title sponsor of the event, which will be held at Texas Health Kaufman.
“We are pleased with the progress the hospital made during its first three decades of operation, but we also have plans for substantial growth in the coming years,” Youngs said. “Our employees, board members, volunteers and physicians on the medical staff have been great at accommodating growth and enabling our hospital to continually add services to better handle the medical needs of residents of Kaufman and the surrounding counties.”
As a Level IV trauma center, Texas Health Kaufman employees and physicians on the medical staff continually look for ways to speed emergency care, develop streamlined processes, and work with individuals in the community on education programs.
The average length of time it takes between entering the Texas Health Kaufman emergency room and leaving after treatment is 124 minutes. That is significantly lower than the state average of 238 minutes. However, the wait time will fluctuate depending on the number of people waiting to be seen.
Within the next decade, Youngs said she’d like to see the hospital double in size and add specialists to expand physician coverage in Kaufman and the surrounding areas.
In the last few weeks, Dr. Steven Bowers, an internal medicine physician, opened a practice in Crandall and Dr. Paul Guttuso, a family practice physician with a focus in sports medicine, opened an office in Mabank. An OB/GYN physician is expected to start in the next few months and hospital officials are busy recruiting other physicians to the area.
Particular areas of future growth could include cardiovascular services, women’s and infants’ services, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, wellness services, and surgery and pain management services.
“Our employees and physicians on the medical staff work diligently to provide high quality medical care to each patient,” Youngs said. “We want to maintain that level of quality as we continue to grow the hospital.”
The hospital has drastically expanded its labor and delivery services with the number of babies born at Texas Health Kaufman each month more than doubling in the past year. Proceeds from last fall’s Black Tie Ball enabled the hospital to purchase three baby warmers. Money raised from the entries at this year’s fun run will also benefit the women’s and children’s area.
“Our goal is to develop a Center of Excellence in women’s services and we also plan to seek Baby-Friendly Hospital designation from the World Health Organization,” Youngs said. “In the past year we created several community-wide fundraisers in the Black Tie Ball and Fun Run, both of which the community really stepped up to support. Our hospital is fortunate to have community members committed to its success.”
Texas Health Kaufman also started a community health council to identify the needs of the community and develop plans to grow the hospital according to those needs, Youngs said. “We’re trying to get the community involved in developing plans of how to make this a healthier community.”
About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman
Texas Health Kaufman, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, was recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence hospital designation for distinction in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL.
About Texas Health Resources
Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.