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Phase III construction, renovation begins at ETMC Fairfield

Construction and renovation has begun for phase III of an ongoing project to renew and expand ETMC Fairfield.

 The East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System, in partnership with the Fairfield Hospital District, is funding the nearly $3.7 million project. The FHD has provided $1.478 million for the project. ETMC will provide the remaining $2.2 million.

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"We are so excited to begin work on the next phase of this ongoing project, which when complete, will provide this community with a virtually new hospital," said Ruth "Raz" Cook, FACHE, administrator of ETMC Fairfield. "This effort would not be possible without our partnership with the Fairfield Hospital District Board and their support of our efforts to provide the highest quality healthcare to the citizens of Fairfield and surrounding areas.

"The upgrades to our infrastructure and equipment, as well as the expansion and remodeling of our facilities, will make providing healthcare services easier for our staff and provide a more pleasing atmosphere for our patients and guests," Cook said.

Phase III of the project includes the construction of a six-room north wing, remodeling of the facility's core and remodeling of the east patient wing.

The 4,179-square-foot addition includes six rooms--two intermediate care rooms, observation and isolation rooms, offices for nutrition services and dictation and storage areas.

In the current east patient wing, 14 semi-private rooms will be converted to eight private rooms. These patient rooms will be enlarged to meet today's hospital standards and will include new equipment, mechanical systems and furnishings.

The hospital's core will be remodeled, including a major upgrade to the mechanical and infrastructure systems -- replacing and enlarging air handling equipment and much of the electrical circuitry for the area.

As part of the remodel, the dining room will be expanded to double its current size. The area also will receive all new finishes, floors, ceilings and a new entry.

The nurses' station will be remodeled, corridors will get a facelift and a new assisted bathing facility will be constructed.

In addition, a new waiting area will be created. This dedicated area will be for family members and friends of patients undergoing inpatient care or outpatient procedures. Currently, the only space available to congregate is in the main lobby.

More than 11, 500-square-feet of the existing facility is part of the remodeling project. All work on phase III is expected to be complete in about a year. Fitzpatrick Architects of Tyler is the architect for the project and RPR Construction of Tyler is the contractor.

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 in the fall of 2011. The emergency department now 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 last fall, added 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 access all hospital services and the new ETMC First Physicians clinic through the Commerce Street entry that leads to a bright and welcoming lobby and waiting room.

That addition 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 were included in phase II of the project. Construction and upgrade expenditures totaled approximately $13 million for phases I and II of the project.

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