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Plans unveiled for a new ETMC Pittsburg

Posted 11/7/2007

PITTSBURG, Texas - During groundbreaking ceremonies this morning, officials with the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System announced plans for a new $38 million East Texas Medical Center Pittsburg facility, which they estimate to be completed in 2009. The ceremonies also marked the beginning of a community fundraising campaign to benefit the ETMC Pittsburg Building Fund.

Honorary chairs for the campaign are Patty and "Bo" Pilgrim, who have committed $3 million to fund the Patty and Bo Pilgrim Olympic Center on the campus of ETMC Pittsburg.

"ETMC's relationship with Pittsburg is one of our longest and strongest community partnerships," said Elmer G. Ellis, East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System president/CEO. "We are now pleased to begin site work on this landmark medical facility, which will advance healthcare services in Camp County."

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ETMC Pittsburg, which will measure more than 97,000 square feet, will be located on a campus containing approximately 40 acres of land at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 271 and County Road 4114, approximately one mile north of Pittsburg. Thirty acres were purchased in 2002 by the ETMC system in this prime growth area of Camp County, while an additional 10 adjacent acres were generously donated by the late Mary Johnson. The new facility will replace the current ETMC Pittsburg, which was built in 1940-a time when almost all healthcare services were delivered on an inpatient basis.

"The new ETMC Pittsburg will be a modern showcase facility equipped with inpatient beds and multiple outpatient services," noted Perry Henderson, senior administrator, ETMC Pittsburg. "It will be a campus that Camp County residents will point to with pride, as an enhancement to the community's health and well-being, as well as its economic development efforts."

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He noted that current projections estimate 43 new jobs will be added at ETMC Pittsburg in the first three years after the hospital's opening.

Mr. Ellis added that it is unusual and highly significant to have the opportunity to build a new hospital from the ground up.

"In the 56-year history of the ETMC Regional Healthcare System, this is only the third time we have opened an entirely new hospital, with ETMC Tyler and ETMC Athens being the other two," he explained. "The new ETMC Pittsburg gives us the capability to design the facility to best meet the needs of our patients, physicians, staff members and volunteers. It will be a beautiful campus that incorporates the natural setting into the modern healing environment."

Community gifts to play a key role in new ETMC Pittsburg development

"ETMC has been pleased to enjoy a very positive relationship with the Pittsburg area community over the past 25 years, as together we have worked to advance health services," said Mr. Ellis. "Now, we are looking to the people of Camp County and beyond to join with ETMC in a spirit of philanthropy to realize this dream of a new medical center."

Mr. Ellis added the lead gift of $3 million from Patty and Bo Pilgrim is a tremendous start to this effort and a lasting legacy.

"This gift is truly one from the heart, as this family has personally experienced the devastation of heart disease and seen the importance of physical fitness and healthy lifestyles," he said. "We thank them for their generous support, which will touch countless lives in the years ahead."

He noted that the East Texas Medical Center Foundation is coordinating the community fundraising campaign. Under the theme "It All Comes Back to You," donors will have the opportunity to make a lasting contribution toward saving lives and enhancing the quality of life for their own community.

"Charitable support will be highly meaningful for the new ETMC Pittsburg building project," said Marty Wiggins, director of the ETMC Foundation. "Gifts to the building fund truly will come back to area individuals, families and organizations and will help ETMC provide the best facilities, furnishings and technology for ETMC Pittsburg."

She explained that pre-campaign efforts began earlier this summer with a feasibility study, in which community participants expressed their support of ETMC and the new building program. In the weeks ahead, the full campaign committee will be announced, along with information on how to participate in the ETMC Pittsburg Building Fund.

A modern new medical center for Pittsburg and beyond

The new hospital will be one-story, although it has been designed so that an additional second floor inpatient unit can be added as future needs demand. The emergency department will be located near the front of the building, with imaging, laboratory and surgery steps away. A new, permanent MRI (a first for Camp County) will be purchased for the facility, providing greater convenience for patients who can now receive this imaging study locally.

A centrally located common area will provide cafeteria seating, with space for up to 16 physician offices located within the building.

A 25-bed nursing unit featuring all private rooms will be located at the rear of the hospital, situated so that each patient room will look out onto pastoral views of trees and lakes. For more seriously ill patients, the unit will have four intermediate care beds.

Other areas of the hospital will include:

A surgery department with two operating rooms, a GI lab, and related support
Imaging services including 64-slice CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, X-ray, fluoroscopy, and ultrasound
A Laboratory, including chemistry, microbiology and hematology services
A Pharmacy to meet inpatient medication needs
Emergency department and Level 4 trauma center services including six exam rooms, two observation rooms, a two-bay major treatment room and related support services
Approximately 20,000 square feet devoted to physician office and clinic space.
Dietary services for patients and cafeteria seating for the public
Physical plant and other building support
A board of directors comprised of ETMC officials and Camp County community leaders provide guidance for the operation of ETMC Pittsburg. Local members of the ETMC Pittsburg board include: Bryan Price, Ned Muse, Jerry Webster and Dr. W.R. Christensen, in addition to ETMC officials Jerry Massey and Perry Henderson, who are also Pittsburg residents.

Completing the board of directors are Mr. Ellis and Byron Hale, both of ETMC.

The Patty and Bo Pilgrim Olympic Center

The Patty and Bo Pilgrim Olympic Center will also be part of the ETMC Pittsburg construction project and an integral part of the hospital campus. Situated separately from the hospital building, on the northern side of the property, this fitness center will measure approximately 10,000 square feet. The new Olympic Center will provide outpatient physical therapy and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation for those recovering from illness, as well as an array of health-enhancing fitness services to help members improve the quality of their lives.

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A rehabilitation pool, all-new cardiovascular and strength-training equipment and a dedicated aerobics room will be features of this center. Amenities such as men's and women's locker rooms and shower facilities will also be provided. Membership information for the Patty and Bo Pilgrim Olympic Center will be made available closer to the facility's completion.

ETMC Pittsburg is part of East Texas' largest healthcare system, the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System. ETMC is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life in communities throughout East Texas. Other ETMC facilities include hospitals in Athens, Carthage, Clarksville, Crockett, Fairfield, Gilmer, Jacksonville, Mt. Vernon, Quitman, Trinity and Tyler.