DENISON, Tex. (KXII) -- Officials celebrated the opening Thursday of Texoma Medical Center's $50 million, 110,000 square foot, expanded emergency department.
"This is fantastic," said TMC CEO Ron Seal. "We're opening up a major new addition to our facility where we can reach out to more patients, more people and easy access into the hospital."
The first of the four floors is the first to open. Officials said they hope to open the other floors in the following weeks, which will feature services that would have required patients to drive to Dallas.
"This will provide two additional services when are fully developed that are currently not offered in the area with the level two trauma center and also the neonatal ICU," said Denison Mayor Jared Johnson.
The new wing will double the amount of hospital beds to 48 and will also add psychiatric treatment rooms, trauma rooms and a Fast-Track service for those with minor injuries. Doctors we spoke with said the extra beds is what the hospital and the growing Texoma community needed.
"This is a long time coming," said TMC's Medical Director Bill Entriken. "We've been waiting for this for several years. Working in the ER that's expanded from eight-nine years ago from 20,000 to 60,000 and so it's well worth the bill and we're excited about moving in."
"We are drawing patients from a wider area now that will actually come for our facilities so we need the additional beds," Seal said. "We need the additional ER space just to handle all the inpatients that are coming to us with our care."
Hospital officials said they'll start taking patients in the new department starting at 7 a.m. Friday.