June 7 marks the 10-year anniversary of inpatient care at ETMC
ETMC entered Gilmer in 1997, after the previous owner closed the
facility in 1995. In June of 1997, ETMC opened ETMC Gilmer as a
24-hour emergency center providing full-service emergency care and
trauma stabilization, as well as laboratory and radiology
However, a deed restriction placed on the facility by the
previous owners prevented inpatient care. Former State Rep. Bob
Glaze took an active role in discussions with the hospital's former
owners, and was instrumental in having the inpatient restriction
With nothing standing in the way, the ETMC Regional Healthcare
System Board of Directors voted to add inpatient services at ETMC
Gilmer in May of 2003.
In June of that year, ETMC announced a $6 million, year-long
renovation plan that would prepare the facility for inpatient
Dedication ceremonies were held in May 2004 with U.S. Sen. John
Cornyn delivering the keynote address. ETMC Gilmer officially
opened for inpatient care on Monday, June 7, with four patients
being admitted that day.
"We hoped from the introduction of ETMC Gilmer that this day
would come," said Elmer G. Ellis, president/CEO of the ETMC
Regional Healthcare System at the dedication. "Following months of
study and great support from the community, our healthcare system
is so pleased to enhance the hospital's lifeline of services
through inpatient care."
ETMC Gilmer today
Over the past 10 years, ETMC Gilmer changed and grown based on
the needs of the community. Today, ETMC Gilmer offers a wide array
of high-quality services:
- 24-hour emergency department,
designated a Level IV trauma center by the
state of Texas. ETMC Gilmer also has been designated
a Level III stroke support center by the
state, the only hospital in the ETMC system to earn stroke
designation other than ETMC Tyler.
- ETMC Gilmer is one of only four
hospitals in the ETMC system to have a sexual assault nurse
examiner on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Four ETMC Gilmer nurses have completed the extensive training
required to earn SANE certification from the state.
- The ETMC First Physicians clinic
in Gilmer, located in the hospital, provides primary care for the
whole family through its specialists: Dr. Scott
Holland, pediatrics; Dr. William Huff,
internal medicine and Dr. Mark Malone and
physician assistant Sam Waddell, family
- Imaging, laboratory and therapy
services are available on an inpatient or outpatient basis.
- When inpatient care is needed,
ETMC Gilmer has 37 beds and a qualified team of nurses and allied
professionals providing care under the direction of our hospitalist
Dr. Ilanko Upendran. If necessary, Dr. Upendran is
able to consult quickly with specialists in cardiology, neurology
and pulmonology to develop the best plan of care for each
- ETMC Gilmer was rated
No. 3 in the nation in 2012 for best
physician communication. The hospital consistently has ranked in
the 96th percentile in patient
satisfaction. In February, the hospital was named one of
"America's Best Hospitals for Emergency
Care," by WomenCertified, home of the Women's Choice
- ETMC EMS, ETMC Air 1, ETMC Home
Health and ETMC Rehabilitation Services all operate in Upshur
County supporting the care provided at ETMC Gilmer.
"For the past decade the team at ETMC Gilmer has been privileged
to care for our friends and neighbors in Gilmer and Upshur County,"
said Jorge Leal, FACHE, administrator of ETMC Gilmer. "From our
doctors and nurses to our support staff and volunteers, the goal of
everyone on our team has been and continues to be to provide every
patient with the best care possible in the most compassionate
In addition to providing convenient access to quality
healthcare, ETMC Gilmer also has contributed to the area's economy.
Hundreds of area residents have been employed at the hospital
during ETMC's time in Gilmer and ETMC has invested millions in the
community through salaries and other expenditures.
Having a full-service hospital also aids in economic development
efforts making the community more attractive to potential
"We are proud of the role ETMC Gilmer plays in the life and
vitality of our community," Leal said. "With continued support from
the community, we look forward to continuing to serve the area in