A transformation has taken place in Brock.
A once-vacant lot full of nothing but sand, grass burrs and the occasional fire ant bed, has produced the latest in emergency services.
The Parker County Hospital District (PCHD) has officially opened the Nolan Queen Lifecare Station 4, the latest emergency medical service facility.
“We will service a large portion of the western side of the county,” said Paul Smith, director of the Emergency Medical Service for the PCHD. “This will shave off anywhere between 12-15 minutes in response to the area.
“I think this is great. Anytime we get a chance to help a community like this is awesome.”
Smith expects emergency personnel to respond to at least a couple of calls each day but as the area grows, so possibly will the need for emergency services.
“It’s manned 24-hours a day by two paramedics and a mobile intensive care ambulance,” Smith added.
Randall Young, CEO of the PCHD, said he was “really proud” of the new facility.
“Paul and I really looked hard for this site,” Young said. “We looked for about six months for this location and what we really liked about it were the two roads located either side of the building giving us easy access to where we need to go quickly.”
The new digs include 2,200 square foot of “crew area,” four individual bed rooms, three bathrooms, two offices, a dining and kitchen area, workout room, laundry room and plenty of overhead storage in the attic.
“We put this all in the budget - so it’s paid for,” Young said. “This is your tax dollar at work.”
Young added that three contractors bid on the project and that RBR Construction built it for $964,757.
Young said they were “prudent” in the building’s construction, utilizing split-faced cinder-block to give it the appeal of Austin Stone. The interior was sprayed for extra insulation and waterproofing while the grounds were landscaped using the xeriscape technique to save on water.
“We do have a little more room for so if Brock needed a clinic, we could put a building somewhere on the 2-acres remaining,” Young said. “The only thing we don’t have yet, but is coming, is a helipad for air transport.”
Though the facility opened on March 2, the official grand opening, ribbon cutting is scheduled for March 19 at 4 p.m.
Lance Winter, 817-594-9902, Ext. 102