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Baylor Scott & White-Fort Worth breaks ground on ER expansion

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Construction began April 6 on a $23 million renovation and expansion of the emergency department at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center-Fort Worth.

The renovation, which will more than double the size of the existing emergency department, is designed to better meet the growing health care needs of Fort Worth and the surrounding communities.

The architect is HKS Inc. and the general contractor is MEDCO Construction.

Completion of the 36,300-square-foot facility is planned for late spring 2017. The new facility will include two trauma treatment rooms, 32 treatment rooms and four triage rooms. A new imaging area will include a computed tomography scanner, X-ray room and ultrasound exam room.

“Our current emergency department was designed to accommodate an average of 40,000 patients per year,” said Dr. Timothy Jones, medical director of the emergency department. “This expansion allows us to grow with the thriving Fort Worth community and continue our mission of providing quality care for patients.”

The hospital cared for 46,584 patients in its 25-bed emergency department last year. It’s a designated Advanced Level III Trauma Facility by the Texas Department of State Health Services, meaning emergency medicine physicians and nurses undergo trauma-specific continuing education and maintain specialized certification in trauma and resuscitation. Level III Trauma Centers have demonstrated the ability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations.

Baylor Scott & White-Fort Worth also holds Chest Pain Center v5 Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers and Advanced Primary Stroke Designation from The Joint Commission, recognizing its quality care for patients experiencing heart attack and stroke.

“This advanced facility will help us meet and exceed the community’s emergency care needs now and in the future,” said Janice Whitmire, chief operating officer and interim president of Baylor Scott & White-Fort Worth.

White replaced previous president Dr. David Klein who left in February after accepting a position in California.

Formed from the 2013 merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, the system referred to as Baylor Scott & White Health is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas. With total assets of $9 billion, the system includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 access points, 6,000 active physicians, and 40,000 employees, plus the Scott & White Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute and Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance.

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