Ben R. Ogletree, Jr. serves on CHI's board of directors. Ogletree served as Mayor of Livingston for 22 years.
CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial Livingston Breaks Ground on New Emergency Room, LIVINGSTON, April 28, 2016 - Shortly after 6 pm on April 27, 2016, CHI St. Lukes Memorial Livingston officially broke ground on its new Emergency Department. The new 16,000-square-foot facility will be located on the ground floor of the South Tower Building. It will include 27 stations, including 3 trauma rooms, 3 fast track rooms, 2 psych rooms, 10 exam rooms, 1 isolation room, 6 results waiting stations, and adjacent radiology, ultrasound and CT rooms. There will also be designated areas for disaster and decontamination. "Our level IV Trauma-designated emergency department sees nearly 30,000 patients each year. That's a lot of broken bones, heart attacks, strokes and other significant emergencies, and that's a lot of families who deserve the very best emergency care," said CHI St. Luke's Health memorial Livingston President, Randy Slack. "Our staff members in the Emergency Room are highly skilled and with the new state-of-the-art facility, they will be even more prepared to provide emergency life-saving measures to our patients". The official groundbreaking ceremony was held from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. The estimated cost of $10.2 million, CHI St. Luke's Health plans to begin construction in May with a completion date in early 2017. Refreshments were served and there was a live jazz band on hand for the occasion.
CHI Marketing Representative, Melissa Crager stands beside a diagram of the soon to be facility.
Dr. Vernon Nellsch, Chief of the Livingston Medical Staff: "Were finally getting the emergency room that we've need for 18 years. It's a good day, it's a great day".
Michael Covert, CEO of CHI Texas Division: "...this isn't a hospital, it's an intimate healing ministry. This is a special community and we're honored to be a part of it. CHI recognizes the value of this community".
CHI Marketing Director, Yana Ogletree and Livingston City Councilman, Billy Sol Wiggins
Polk County Judge, Sydney Murphy was in attendance.
(L - R) Gary Looper, President of CHI St. Lukes Health Memorial, Ben Ogletree, Board member, K Mani, Randy Slack, CEO Memorial Livingston, Rona Friesen, System Board Member, Michael Covert, President of CHI Texas, Vermer Nellsch, Chief of Staff, Livingston, Judy Cochran, Board Member, Corky Evans, Advisory Council Member, Sydney Murphy, Polk County Judge, and Jeffrey Luna, M.D.
(L - R) Gary Looper, Roy Newport, Billy Mischen, Ben Ogletree, Dr. Jairo Libreros, Randy Slack, Charlene Smith, Judy Cochran, Corky Evans, Sydney Murphy, Jeffrey Luna
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