Completion of the second phase of an expansion project at ETMC Fairfield, resulting in a new entrance, lobby, clinic space, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation facility and administrative suite, was celebrated with a community ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony Thursday, Oct. 11, by the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System and members of the Fairfield Hospital District Board of Directors.
"Today, the hospital district board is happy to have played an integral role in bringing these latest hospital enhancements to our community," said Jeff Taylor, vice president of the Fairfield Hospital District Board of Directors. "We are gratified to know that through our partnership, we have raised the level of comfort and care offered at ETMC Fairfield."
"One of the highlights of my career has been our long and rewarding relationship with the people of Freestone County, including our collaborative work with the Fairfield Hospital District," noted Elmer G. Ellis, President/CEO of the ETMC Regional Healthcare System. "With this support, we have realized another dream today through the further expansion of ETMC Fairfield, a project that reflects the very best of ETMC's mission of care."
Construction began nearly two years ago on the project to renew and expand ETMC Fairfield. The first phase involved the expansion and renovation of the hospital's emergency department, which was completed and opened last fall. The new emergency department features nine spacious treatment rooms and a light-filled waiting area, while the triage room, located beside the patient reception desk, enables the staff to quickly assess patients.
Phase II, which was dedicated at today's ceremony, adds 11,000 square feet to the hospital's foot print and features a new front entry that includes a fountain, extensive landscaping and additional, convenient parking.
Guests now will access all hospital services and the clinic through the Commerce Street entry that leads to the new, bright and welcoming lobby and waiting room.
In addition, the ETMC First Physicians clinic in Fairfield --home to family medicine physicians Joseph Berger, II, DO; James Kerbacher, MD; J. Michael Orms, MD; family nurse practitioner Jim Sealey, RN, FNP-BC; and adult nurse practitioner Aurelia Buju, RN, BSN, MS, ANP-BC-- has moved into its space in the new wing. The new clinic has room for three more practitioners.
The new building also houses cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, outpatient registration and an administrative suite that features offices, a small conference room and a larger board room.
Mechanical and electrical system upgrades throughout the hospital were included in this phase of the project. Construction and upgrade expenditures totaled approximately $13 million for phases I and II of the project. Phase III, which will involve construction and renovation of patient rooms, is in design.
"We are so excited to dedicate these new facilities to better serve the people who seek care at ETMC Fairfield," said Ruth A. "Raz" Cook, FACHE, hospital administrator. "When all phases of the project are complete, we will have a virtually new hospital completed at the fraction of the cost a new hospital."