Officials break ground on new Texoma Medical Center in Denison

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

DENISON, Tex. -- Officials at Texoma Medical Center broke ground on their brand new facility at the corner of State Road 691 and Highway 75. Daniel Gotera reports from Denison.

It’s been a day three years in the making. After all the meeting and late night negotiations, the new TMC is ready to be built.

A representative from Universal Health Services joined hospital board chairman Jerdy Gary and CEO Dr. Mackey Watkins to officially break ground on the new TMC.

People from across Grayson County showed up for the event Thursday morning. The event was given the name ‘Building for the Future’.

The new facility will cost $137 million to build and feature 252 beds, all of which will be in private rooms. It will also feature new state-of-the-art emergency room and intensive care unit, and is expected to be completed by the spring of 2010.

"It couldn't be more special," Chairman of the board Jerdy Gary said.

Gary, along with hospital CEO Dr. Mackey Watkins, and officials from across Grayson County attended the "Building for the Future" ceremony Thursday morning.

"The service that we are going to be able to provide to the patients of north Texas and southern Oklahoma will be unprecedented the new physicians that will be brought in we will be truly a regional hospital," Gary said.

"Historically, it’s a monumental day for TMC. I mean, it’s a dream come true and we couldn't ask for anything more," Dr. Watkins said.

The new hospital will also feature more physicians, using state of the art equipment the likes of which might not even be seen in Dallas.

"Inside those walls will be state-of-the-art equipment compared to anything that has been built in the Metroplex in the last 10 years. It’s incredible," Gary said.

The hospital will be a part of the increased development at the intersection, which will bring a number of restaurants and hotels to area, not to mention decrease the response time for emergency personnel trying to reach TMC.

"I think the location the visibility the accessibility for the region will be much improved this intersection is going to become like a magnet,” Watkins added.

Officials say construction should take around 18 months, putting the completion date around spring of 2010.

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  • by BLT Location: Denison on Jun 7, 2008 at 03:48 PM
    I know for a fact that this job will have Union Labor building it which means a trained labor force and wages that a man can actually survive on. No sub-standard illegal aliens that get cheated for their efforts.This area needs good jobs that pay a fair and decent wage.You will see people spend money if they make it.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2008 at 10:18 PM
    Lots of whining and nothing positive to say.......and you folks wonder why they tried to call us the Retroplex.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Jun 6, 2008 at 06:51 AM
    I'm just glad they only broke ground and didn't break wind!
  • by somewhere Location: texas on Jun 5, 2008 at 10:47 PM
    Well as for the Blue Cross issues I feel your pain I have Cigna Insurance and it used to be great insurance and lots of providers to choose from but all the doctors in this area are deffinately familuar with Cigna and how they handle their business. I didn't have a good experience with TMC however the people at Wilson N Jones emergency Room I think all need something to make them a little more friendlier. Things will be interesting with this that is for sure. I don't understand why they cut BC cause BC is a heck of alot better than CIGNA!!
  • by Connie T on Jun 5, 2008 at 06:04 PM
    Dear Proud:I dont think jealousy is exactly correct.And as far as my education goes,I have a Bachelors degree and it looks like I am much better at grammar than you. Please dont attempt to assess someones education level and categorize them as lower than you because you like working there and I wouldnt.Patient care is the primary target-not glorifying the present or past administration.
  • by emily Location: Denison on Jun 5, 2008 at 04:44 PM
    What are they going to need the beds for? They will no longer accept Blue Cross Insurance so that cut out A LOT of people in this area. I have to find all new drs. for my family and my elderly Mom because of her Medicare Supplement is BC.
  • by Mari Location: Denison on Jun 5, 2008 at 04:36 PM
    Well they won't have any patients if they don't renegotiat their contract with Blue Cross. As of July 1st they no longer accept ALL Blue Cross, that is all major companies here and 80% of Grayson County. This must definately be a profit hospital so how can they be concerned with patient health care?
  • by hey on Jun 5, 2008 at 03:17 PM
    I dont understand why they have to build another TMC why cant they just fix the building that they have? Just another building that is going to be an eye sore in 10 years just like the rest of Denison.
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