Harlingen Medical Center opened the doors to its newly constructed, multi-million
dollar, state-of-the-art Emergency Room with a Red Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
hosted on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at the new ER’s Main Entrance Lobby.
The nationally recognized and award-winning Harlingen Medical Center completed
construction on the Emergency Room that more than doubles the size of
its current ER. It features more than 20-treatment rooms, two trauma bays,
fast-track bays (including pediatric and geriatric patient rooms), an
isolation room, and triage rooms off of the ER Main Lobby to provide quick
assessment of patients.
According to Harlingen Medical Center Executives, the newly constructed
Emergency Room (Level IV Trauma Designation) provides a more comfortable
environment for the efficient care and treatment of patients, and, addresses
the growing demand for patient care in South Texas.
“With every detail and design of this project we now have an even
more efficient and effective Emergency Room, which significantly improves
the patient experience,” said Brenda Ivory, President & Chief
Executive Officer at Harlingen Medical Center. “The needs of our
community have grown over the last several years and we are growing to
meet those needs.”
The Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce was on-hand to celebrate the milestone
with the Executive Leadership of Prime Healthcare Services and Harlingen
Medical Center. They presented a formal Red-Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. All
members of the Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce, and the community,
were invited to attend. At the closing of the ceremony – those in
attendance were treated to tours of the Emergency Room – hosted
by ER staff.
“During the Emergency Room tours, our guests had an insight look
at our new technology, equipment, state-of-the-art facility, and the highly
competent staff that we have here,” said Amy Flores, Chief Nursing
Officer & Vice President of Clinical Services. “Our guests also
had the opportunity to see how we are further expanding our capabilities
to take care of the most critical patients in need of medical attention.”
Designed and built by The Austin Company with input from the hospital’s
leadership, physicians, and clinical staff, the entire construction and
expansion project included nearly 27,000 square feet of new structure
and re-purposed space.
The new Emergency Room features warm décor, brightly colored paintings,
large windows and private patient treatment rooms.
“The Harlingen Medical Center Emergency Room is known for its efficient
and high-quality medical care,” said Dr. Stephen McMillan, Medical
Director and Trauma Director of the Emergency Room at Harlingen Medical
Center. “This new, but, experienced ER is going to certainly allow
patients to continue to receive emergency treatment when they need it,
as rapidly as they need it, from the most experienced board-certified
emergency physicians available in Cameron County.”
The opening of the new Emergency Room initiates the next phase of the multi-million
dollar expansion and renovation project that the hospital launched in
July of 2016. The expansion of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories
will commence in the area which has housed the former Emergency Room since
the opening of the hospital in October of 2002. The “cath lab”
expansion will feature three catheterization suites.
The Harlingen Medical Center’s cardiac program recently garnered
a highly desired recognition by Consumer Reports (the independent, non-profit
organization that works side-by-side with consumers to create a fairer,
safer, and healthier world). It ranked Harlingen Medical Center as 1 of
2 hospitals in the State of Texas and 1 of the Top 500 in the country,
as a Top U.S. hospital for heart surgery including, coronary artery bypass
surgery and aortic valve replacement.
In collaboration with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) (an entity
that collects data directly from hospitals on several key measures, including
actual mortality and complication rates), Consumer Reports recognized
Harlingen Medical Center with a “Better Than Expected” rating
for the procedure of “coronary artery bypass” and “As
Expected” rating for the procedure of “aortic valve replacement.”
Beyond the expansion of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories –
the expansion and renovation project will continue with the addition of
an Operating Room Suite; expansion of the Day Patient Surgery Department,
including five patient prep stations; construction of new Imaging Suites,
which will include CT Scan, X-Ray and ultrasound rooms; and, relocation
of the Gastroenterology Laboratory – featuring new GI Suites and
a Cystoscopy Room.
Harlingen Medical Center’s Gastrointestinal Laboratory remains the
first in Cameron County to be certified by the American Society for Gastrointestinal
Endoscopy, for following national guidelines designed to improve the quality
of care for gastrointestinal patients.
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