Texas Health Arlington Memorial Breaks Ground on Emergency Department Expansion
11/04/2009

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital broke ground on a $4.5 million expansion of its Cravens Emergency Department this week.

The 3,520 square-foot expansion, funded largely by donations, will add 16 new treatment beds, a new triage area and an enlarged waiting area. It’s projected for completion in July 2010.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 on the hospital's north lawn.

Eight of the 16 new beds are earmarked for fast-track exam space to help speed treatment for minor ailments and accommodate the nearly 200 patients cared for daily, said Dr. Hoyt Frenzel, medical director of the department.

“This expansion is important because our current volume and acuity outstrips our existing resources in our current space,” Frenzel said. “The separate fast-track area will allow patients with non-emergent medical conditions to be treated quickly without impacting the rest of the department.”

Last year, approximately 60,000 patients visited the hospital’s emergency department. The new additions will help meet the growing needs of the Arlington area and allow room for future disease-specific outpatient clinics intended to give patients the tools to manage chronic conditions.

Outpatient clinics are planned for patients with hypertension, chronic pain, asthma, and other chronic illnesses that often bring people to the emergency room and lead to hospital admission. Texas Health Arlington Memorial currently offers outpatient programs for management of diabetes and heart failure.

“This project is a two-pronged approach to improving patient care that marks a shift in the way disease is treated and managed,” said Kirk King, FACHE, hospital president. “We’re expanding to meet the increasing needs of the population, but also striving to manage unnecessary visits to the ED by improving the health of our residents. It’s a great benefit to the community.”

About Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 417-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. The hospital’s services include comprehensive cardiac care, women’s services, orthopedics, an advanced imaging center and emergency services. Texas Health Arlington Memorial is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Arlington.

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.