Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is constructing a $57.7 million emergency care center at the corner of West Terrell Street and Fifth Avenue. The goal of the clinic is to provide a continuum of care for geriatric patients and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.
The three-story, 75,000-square-foot emergency care center, slated for completion in fall 2013, will be one block south of the hospital’s current emergency department and will connect to the main hospital through a sky bridge. It will nearly triple the square footage of the existing department and increase patient beds to 90 from the current 63. Plans also include a geriatric care clinic for elderly patients who require quick follow-up care after an emergency room visit.
“As a major trauma center and tertiary hospital, Texas Health Fort Worth has one of the busiest emergency departments in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex,” said Lillie Biggins, president of Texas Health Fort Worth, in a statement. “This expansion allows us to keep pace with the growing Fort Worth area population and continue to provide our community with access to quality, high level care.”
Plans also include a simulation multidisciplinary educational facility that focuses on emergency services. The simulation lab will allow caregivers from all areas of emergency services to practice working with one another in emergency situations. A mannequin “patient” that talks, bleeds, sweats, and makes lung and heart noises will lead caregivers through different treatment scenarios. These sessions are videotaped so that caregivers can debrief afterward and identify opportunities for improvement.