Today, along with city council members Pat Wood and Novada Bigham, City Manager David Stevenson and Bob and Freda Madsen, I was given a tour of the new hospital in Quitman.
The new ETMC facility officially opens Monday, July 15th at 8 AM.
They are having an open house on Sunday, July 14th from 1-3 PM. All are welcome.
The facility will continue to be a Level 4 trauma center, but will increase its capacity for all operations considerably after moving in to the new digs.
The hospital is very nice, much more spacious in every way than the older one and is much more modern in the equipment they will use as well as in the design and layout of the building itself. For instance, the building will be slightly pressurized. This means that every time a door to the outside opens, instead of air from the outside coming in, air from the inside goes out. This keeps anything from the outside from coming in the building. This is just one of a long list of upgrades that the new hospital will have over the old facility and others in the area. The administration is very proud of the new hospital, and rightfully so.
The dining area will seat 50 inside and features a coffee bar with snack as well as a full meal from 7 AM to 7 PM daily. They hope the public will come and eat in their new facility, which will include outside dining when permitted by the weather.
ETMC sees an average of 650 patients per month in the ER. They will now be able to handle more than that with ease. The new facility will not necessarily mean that they will add to staff immediately, but allows them to add more as the area grows and demand requires it. The new facility has two operating rooms and one room dedicated to GI procedures. It includes 25 private rooms, each with a wooded view, their own restroom and individual room temperature controls.
The public is encouraged to attend Sunday’s open house at the new hospital.