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Plans unveiled for new ETMC Quitman

Groundbreaking Ceremony - ETMC Quitman

 Members of the Wood County Central Hospital District Board of Directors and the ETMC Quitman Board of Directors joined to break ground for a new ETMC Quitman on Friday, Feb. 24. Pictured are (from left) Lynn McGowan, WCCHD board member; Jan Gorman, secretary/treasurer of the WCCHD board; Byron Hale, CFO of the ETMC Regional Healthcare System; Dr. Beverly Waddleton, WCCHD board member; Jerry Dickerson, president of the WCCHD Board; Elmer G. Ellis, president/CEO of ETMCRHS; Warren Robicheaux, administrator of ETMC Quitman; Rodney Watkins, ETMC Quitman board member; Mike Thomas, ETMC Quitman board member; State Rep. Bryan Hughes; Bill James, member of the WCCHD and ETMC Quitman Boards; Marion Stanberry, executive director of the WCCHD Board; Perry Henderson, ETMC Quitman board member; Dan Polachek, architect with HGA and Brody Clark, former administrator of ETMC Quitman.

Quitman, Texas - Plans for a new $35 million ETMC Quitman facility, estimated to be complete in 2013, were announced by officials of the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System and the Wood County Central Hospital District during groundbreaking ceremonies this morning.

Hospital Renderings
Artist's Rendering of Quitman Front
Quitman Lobby
Quitman Night Rendering
Quitman Back View Terrace
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"The ETMC story is one based on trust - the trust of local communities in our mission of advancing care for their residents," said Elmer G. Ellis, President/CEO of the ETMC system, at the groundbreaking. "That is the most important aspect of our track record throughout East Texas. We appreciate the trust that the good people of Quitman, Mineola and all of Wood County have placed in us, as together we watch this dream of a new hospital become a reality."


In November, the WCCHD issued $35.75 million of tax-exempt bonds to finance the project. The bonds were assumed and will be payable by ETMC Quitman, under the terms of a new 40-year lease between the WWCHD and ETMC Quitman.

"This is a proud day for Wood County," said Jack Dickerson, president of the Wood County Central Hospital District Board of Directors. "We are glad to be partnered with ETMC in providing this modern facility with the most up-to date equipment for the people of Wood County. We envision it serving the healthcare needs of our community for another 40 plus years."

The new ETMC Quitman, which will measure more than 84,000 square feet, will be located east of the current building on adjacent land. Once completed, the existing hospital facility will be demolished and the site will be used for parking. The beauty of the East Texas woodlands will be reflected throughout the facility, including a majestic atrium lobby and floor-to-ceiling windows in patient rooms, made private by viewing gardens and plantation shutters.

"The new ETMC Quitman will be a modern showcase facility equipped to provide the highest quality inpatient care and outpatient services," said Warren Robicheaux, administrator of ETMC Quitman. "Our hope is that Wood County residents will point to this new facility with pride, and see it as an enhancement to the community's health and well-being."

 Community partnership

"I want to give tremendous praise to the Wood County Hospital District's board of directors for its leadership, advocacy and partnership in this building endeavor," noted Mr. Ellis at the groundbreaking.  He also announced that the community will have the opportunity to share in ETMC's mission through philanthropic support. 

Under the theme "It all comes back to you," members of the community will have the opportunity to make a lasting contribution toward saving lives and enhancing the quality of life for their families, friends and neighbors.

"Charitable gifts to the ETMC Quitman Building Fund will be important to the construction project, as friends of the hospital and hospital district can be part of this legacy of care," added Ellis.

In the weeks to come, the local campaign committee will be announced, along with details on the capital campaign and how it will make a difference.

 A modern medical center for Quitman and beyond

The emergency department will be located near the front of the one-story building, with imaging, laboratory and surgery just steps away.

A centrally located grand lobby will house all customer service functions, such as registration, clinic check-in and waiting areas. A 70-seat café-style dining area will be housed at the rear of the lobby and will open onto a large garden terrace.

A 25-bed nursing unit featuring spacious, private rooms will be located at the rear of the hospital. Each room will have a wall of windows providing views of the wooded creek east of the building.

Other areas of the hospital include:

  • Emergency department and Level IV trauma center services including six exam rooms, three observation rooms and a two major treatment stations
  • A surgery center with two operating rooms, a GI lab and related support
  • Imaging services including 64-slice CT, digital mammography, nuclear medicine, X-ray, bone densitometry, fluoroscopy and ultrasound
  • Full-service laboratory
  • Approximately 10,000 square feet devoted to physician office and clinic space
  • Dietary services for patients and dining area for the public
  • An outpatient cardiac rehabilitation center
  • Physical plant and other building support

The design and construction team responsible for the new ETMC Quitman includes Hammel, Green & Abrahamson Architects, Engineers and Planners of Minneapolis; Vaughn Construction of College Station and Adams Engineering of Tyler.  During the building process, approximately 80 local construction jobs will be created.

A board of directors comprised of ETMC officials and Wood County community leaders provide guidance for the operation of ETMC Quitman. Local members of the ETMC Quitman board include: Bill James and Rodney Watkins, in addition, ETMC Quitman administrator Warren Robicheaux resides in Wood County. Completing the board of directors are Mr. Ellis, Jerry Massey, Byron Hale and Mike Thomas, all of ETMC. The board currently has one open position, which was left vacant following the death of long-time board member Lee Williams.

The WCCHD board of directors is comprised of Jack Dickerson, Jan Gorman, Bill James, Dr. Beverly Waddleton, Dr. Paul Driver, Lynn McGowan and Executive Director Marion Stanberry.