Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital celebrated 85 years of providing excellent patient care in 2013 by breaking ground on a $40 million surgery center and women’s/children’s center, with a summer 2014 projected completion date. Driving the project is a need for space and new technology to better serve generations of East Texas families. The complexity of some surgical procedures using state-of-the-art technology (robotic-assisted surgery or total joint replacement) requires more room within the surgical suite.
“We have some incredibly skilled surgeons and staff who’ve been doing remarkable things in our current facility,” said Randy Ellison, surgery director. “But the advancements in imaging capabilities have catapulted us into the need for more room. In the last decade, every specialty has realized the advantages of technologies that obtain real-time moving images of the internal structures of a patient while allowing those images to be recorded and played on demand inside the surgery suite. Those technologies require considerable space, so we’re really excited to more than double the size of our facilities.”
The renovation portion of the construction project includes enlarging a separate gastrointestinal lab from two procedure rooms to five. “This will allow us to accommodate more physicians and patients at once, so we better serve our community,” explained Kim Rich, GI Lab nurse manager. “We’ve also added an x-ray room to the unit and a dedicated recovery room, so it’s a full-service, one-stop shop for all gastrointestinal procedures.”
Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital achieved a major goal last year in attaining the designation of Chest Pain Center, following a rigorous evaluation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Chest Pain Center certification, along with Level 3 Trauma Center and Certified Stroke Center designation, places the hospital in a category all its own. No other ER in East Texas, including the Tyler area, has all three designations. Timing is everything in emergency medicine, whether it’s a major car accident, a stroke or a heart attack, and the care team at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital will continue to make sure our patients experience the best outcomes possible.
For a complete list of services and information about Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital’s physicians, visit www.nacmem.org.
Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital is located at 1204 Mound St. For more information call 936/564-4611 or call 936/569-7777 for a physician referral.
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