Expanding to Meet the Community’s Trauma and Emergency Needs

By Kathryn Allen
Vice President of Development
Methodist Health System

When you think of trauma and emergency services, which hospitals in the Dallas–Fort Worth area come to mind? Methodist Dallas Medical Center should be in the top three. The fact is, if you experience a severe injury or serious acute illness in the Dallas Metroplex, there’s a one in three chance you’ll be brought to Methodist Dallas. With a long history of investing in caring for the emergency medical needs of the communities we serve, Methodist Dallas has seen its emergency patient visits mushroom to more than 62,000 annually. The challenge for staff has been to meet the community’s growing needs in a facility designed to handle a maximum of 50,000 annual patient visits.

Plans are underway to add a six-story critical care tower to Methodist Dallas, the flagship hospital of Methodist Health System.

Anchoring the new facility will be a state-of-the-art, expanded emergency department. Featuring 55 individual treatment rooms, the new ED trauma center will provide our trauma physicians with some of the latest and most advanced diagnostic technologies and patient-centric design. This is especially critical for trauma patients where seconds are precious during the first “golden hour” following injury.

Topping off the new critical care tower will be eight new surgical suites and 11 new
surgical intensive care unit patient rooms. With this expanded facility, Methodist Health System is taking a leadership position in emergency and trauma services, stepping up to the plate with an ambitious plan that isn’t just about a building — it’s about recognizing
the increasing demands from the community and meeting those demands with the
best solution.

Groundbreaking is set for September 11, 2012, with completion targeted for spring 2014. It’s no accident that we chose September 11 for breaking ground on this monumental project. It’s an important day we’ll never forget. Emergency responders were the underpinning of New York’s response to the crisis that day, and the fire, police, and emergency medical technicians paid a tragic price for their bravery and commitment. Every day, we are blessed to work with these professionals.

While the new facility will be impressive, bricks and mortar are only one benefit to the community. The new tower is a resource that will help the extraordinary team of physicians, nurses, technicians, and other health care professionals deliver the best-possible care to patients and their families in extremely trying times. That’s the message we want to bring to the community and our employees as we launch a capital campaign to raise approximately $20 million for this project.

As we designed the new patient tower, emergency and trauma physicians, nurses, and clinicians were at our side, helping us make key decisions about the design and functionality of the new facility. In addition to unparalleled patient care areas, we are including family-friendly spaces and specially designed teaming areas that facilitate rapid and efficient development of individual patient care plans.

Methodist Dallas employees will serve as proud ambassadors in the community, helping us spread the word about the unquestioned need for this new patient tower and the array of benefits the community will receive when the tower opens in 2014.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to join a health care leader committed to serving the vast medical needs of the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, then look to Methodist. Learn more by visiting Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org.

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