THE NEW CARDIOVASCULAR & STROKE CENTER AT MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER LUFKIN
State of the Art Facilities and Technology Rival Houston, World.
Physicians, Directors and Representatives for Memorial Health Systems cuts the symbolic ribbon.
Just being completed: The new Cardiovascular & Stroke Center.
Memorial Medical Center Lufkin Cuts Ribbon on New Cardiovascular & Stroke Center, LUFKIN, September 29, 2009 - Board members from Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin held a ribbon cutting ceremony and all day tours of that ended in a celebration/bash for all the hard work and dedication that went into the fruition of a 106,000 square foot facility. The spacious Cardiovascular & Stroke Center is home to a new and expanded emergency department, which has 23 exam rooms with 3 major trauma rooms. An additional 6 existing exam rooms are available for overflow, for a total of 32 rooms. Admitting and registration for the new Center includes x-ray and lab services, allowing patients to stay within the Center for all admissions requirements.
A new Central Sterile processing area is located on the tower’s first floor for easy access to surgery suites, while the second floor holds cardiac catheterization labs and surgery suites. This area of the building includes 1 specialty surgery suite, 1 catheterization lab and 1 state-of-the-art hybrid room that accommodates both catheterization and surgical procedures. One additional catheterization lab and surgery suite is shelled for future expansion.
President and CEO Bryant Krenek addresses a robust turnout.
The third floor houses a new intensive care unit that includes 24 rooms—doubling the number of ICU beds previously available at the hospital. Another unique feature is the mini nurses’ stations positioned between every two rooms so patients are constantly monitored. Step Down or Progressive Care is located on the fourth floor with a total of 26 beds, and the roof has a helipad that provides air ambulance close access to the ICU and Emergency departments.
The tower is evidence-based designed to include energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems, space planning that is patient centered, wide use of natural lighting and staff area design concepts that have proven to reduce staff fatigue and improve overall patient outcomes. Additionally, the 106,000-square-foot-facility will house the latest in medical technology, including robotics for heart and stroke.
Marketing Director Yana Ogletree kicked things off.
(L - R) Molly Locke, Jan Ogletree, Ben Ogletree Jr., Clark Ogletree
Judge Thompson (left) with former Congresssman Charlie Wilson and Molly Locke.
Tourists catch a glimpse of technology that is second to none.
The facility has creative artwork throughout. These are actual scuptures of the Physician hands who work at Memorial Medical Center.
More art: A lego heart structure.
A beautiful courtyard between the new Cardio/Stroke Center and the Main Medical Center building.
Pilots for PHI Air Medical were on hand for the big occassion. They actually landed a helicopter on the new rooftop landing pad and came down to join the occasion.
Lufkin Mayor, Jack Gorden, Jr.
A jazz band provided live entertainment.
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