Baylor opens ‘micro-hospital’ in Colleyville

08/12/2014 10:14 AM

08/12/2014 10:23 AM

Baylor Emergency Medical Center at Colleyville opened Monday, providing convenient access to hospital-level care in a 20,000-square-foot facility touted as a “full-fledged micro-hospital.”

The smaller-than-average community hospital is part of a flourishing movement to treat mostly short-term patients through emergency rooms while dispensing some of the more intensive cases to bigger hospitals, including those in the Baylor Scott & White Health system.

At a ribbon cutting last Thursday, hospital and city officials lauded the new hospital in the 5500 block of Colleyville Blvd.

Mayor David Kelly talked of the “nice serendipity” of having a hospital in Colleyville — which was named for its “first” doctor.

“Soon after the turn of the last century, a collection of communities in this area rejoiced in a very important milestone for them — the arrival of the first doctor,” Kelly said. “Almost a half century later, when those communities joined together to become a town, their leaders looked back through their history and chose to name it after that “first” doctor. His name was Lilburn Howard Colley. And the town became Colleyville.”

“This is an important milestone in the life of the Colleyville community . . . it is one we both recognize and celebrate,” the mayor added.

Unlike urgent care centers, which are intended to handle non-life-threatening medical complaints, or free-standing emergency departments, the Colleyville facility is a licensed hospital designed to provide clinical quality and efficient operations.

It can handle a host of problems, including breathing problems, heart attacks, broken bones, strokes, traumas, bug bites and anything that could lead people to seek emergency medical care.

“When you or a loved one is sick, whether it is an emergency medical need or when a hospital stay is necessary, we know how important it is to have quality care available and accessible in your neighborhood,” said John Wood, regional CEO of Baylor Emergency Medical Centers. “We are committed to providing the kind of care we would want for our own families.”

Hospital officials said the “outside-the-box” micro-hospital idea represents a compassionate, efficient and patient-centered approach to the delivery of emergency medical and inpatient care.

The hospital will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Care will be provided by emergency medicine physician specialists on the medical staff and experienced nursing and clinical staff.

It features an ER with seven beds; diagnostic imaging, including X-ray; a CT scanner and ultrasound; a laboratory; and an eight-bed inpatient unit for those requiring an admission for additional medical services.

Hospital officials said the emergency medical and inpatient care is “patient-centric.”

They said the “in-network” community hospital is a result of the system’s continued leadership in providing care in an area that has experienced robust population growth. An added benefit is the inpatient beds it offers in a convenient, personalized setting, close to home.

“A great patient benefit is that an ER-trained physician is on-site, 24/7,” Wood said. “The smaller setting allows for attentive care for those patients who require overnight medical care.”

With the opening of this micro-hospital, Baylor has seven similar Baylor Emergency Medical Centers in North Texas. The others are in Aubrey, Burleson, Keller, Rockwall, Murphy and Mansfield.

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