Medical center opens in Keller

Posted Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Staff at the new Baylor Emergency Medical Center at Keller hope you never have the need to visit, but beginning this week, the facility will be ready to handle the health needs of Keller area patients.

The hospital at 620 S Main will open to the public Dec. 18. It will be open seven days a week, 365 days a year.

The one-story hospital has eight emergency rooms and eight inpatient care rooms and will be staffed by an emergency physician.

While it is small in size, CEO John Wood said that its design is what makes the emergency center and actual hospital.

“We are what you could call a ‘smaller footprint hospital,’” Wood said. “This facility has everything for the care anyone needs, while also allowing quick movement between places.”

Both room styles in the center are two times larger than the typical patient room, Wood said. Children’s rooms are decorated in fun pastels and adults can enjoy a relaxing color scheme to aid them in the recovery process.

Rooms feature two sinks, one for the nurse or doctor to use for in-room care and one lower to the ground for patient use.

Wood said the reason for the lower sink was for easy access by patients who may not be comfortable standing, and for nurses who can help them while keeping them comfortable.

Both sinks are turned to the side to allow care technicians to never face away from the patient. For the same reason, no cabinets are found on the side of the sinks either.

“That way, these patients can get the care they need while talking with their nurses face-to-face the entire time,” Wood said.

The CT scan room features cherry blossom imagery on the ceiling, to allow patients an aesthetically pleasing way to get them through their tests without having to look at the typical gray tiles above.

The primary focus of the facility is to give the same care as larger hospitals, while minimizing wait times and maximizing service, Medical Director JB Field said.

“I see a great future for this hospital,” Field said. “It’s convenient for the 40,000 people who live here, it’s in a good area for anyone needing emergency care, and the community need is there.”

Board chair Brenda Devore said the facility is an asset to the community.

“Business wise and need wise, this hospital makes a big mark, not only for the board but for people in Keller,” Devore said.

The hospital was scheduled to open its doors Wednesday morning.

Wood said his long-standing goal was to get care for visitors within the first minute or two of their arrival, and to keep them out of the waiting rooms.

“We don’t want anyone to sit in there,” Wood said. “We’re doing something wrong if so.”

Taylor Prater, 817-390-7964 Twitter: @taylornprater

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