What We Are Doing
Plans for the project include a nearly 155,000-square-foot, five-story patient tower that will house an expanded state-of-the-art emergency department, three floors of patient rooms, a new dietary facility and dining room, and a new central pharmacy.
When completed, it will transform the physical appearance of the hospital and will position the organization for increased access to services with state-of-the-art facilities and technology. The campus project includes:
Expansion of our Emergency Department
At Methodist Hospital, we're facing the reality that an increasing number of people in our community will need our services in the coming years. We're already coping with the reality that other emergency service providers in our area have closed, increasing demands on our hospital's emergency department (ED).
And we're preparing for the possibility that a major catastrophe, either natural or man-made, could strike at anytime, affecting hundreds of thousands or more, and stretching our resources beyond the limit.
During the next decade, Methodist Hospital will transform the hospital campus, adding capacity as well as meeting all mandated seismic requirements, and positioning the hospital to serve the anticipated number of people in areas of greatest community health care needs.
The ED will expand from the current 17 beds to 28 beds, plus an additional 18-bed observation unit.
Improvements to ED technology and information infrastructure. New systems will speed up patient registration and admitting processes, as well as provide real-time tracking of patient status, progress, location and clinical information by physicians and specialists. Some of these systems are already in place and will be enhanced, ultimately becoming part of the expanded emergency department and the rest of the hospital.
Walk around the Methodist Hospital campus and you'll already see some changes. We're building, growing and replacing old structures. One major change is our new four level parking structure, which opened July 2007. The structure provides an elevator and 348 spaces for Methodist Hospital staff and physicians, which frees up spaces in the main lot of the hospital to better accommodate visitors.