Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center-Fort Worth has completed a $23 million emergency department expansion. The new department will begin seeing patients on Monday.
The hospital broke ground on the renovation and expansion back in April 2016. The 16-month project was spurred after Baylor Scott & White-Fort Worth market research indicated an 8.2 percent population increase in its service area between 2017 and 2022. The hospital’s service area includes Fort Worth as well as cities and towns like Amarillo, Granbury, and Weatherford.
Michael Sanborn, president and CEO of Baylor Scott & White-Fort Worth, told D CEO Healthcare that Fort Worth’s continuing growth—and having an emergency department that outgrew the space—was the “impetus to modernize and expand the emergency department.”
Project funding came from the health system and a community campaign by the All Saints Foundation, which contributed $10 million to offset expenses for the project.
According to Baylor Scott & White-Fort Worth, the facility has more than doubled in size—to 36,300 square feet—as a result of the expansion. The previous department has been moved to a “new, more visible, [more] easily accessible location” on campus.
The expansion has added 32 treatment rooms, four triage rooms, and two trauma treatment rooms. An updated imaging area within the emergency department is also available with new medical technology. Sanborn says the flow of the department now “accommodates the new space, which is contiguous and attached to the hospital.”
Some other changes at Baylor Scott & White-Fort Worth include adding four clinical team stations, three bariatric exam rooms, two negative pressure rooms, a decontamination room, and a grieving room.
Sanborn says he and his team are “excited for Monday, as the wait’s been like a baby with a 16-month gestation.
“We’re excited to show the new emergency department, its technologies and services, and what it will offer for the communities,” he told D CEO Healthcare.