“Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville is here to stay,” said Katy Kiser, communications manager.
Understandably, there has been some confusion/consternation recently for some Beeville and George West residents concerned whether their local doctors/clinics are going to continue seeing patients here.
Fortunately, Twin Fountains Medical Clinics and Dr. John McNeill are taking over the Beeville Medical Associates clinic and opening a new walk-in clinic in Dr. James Chandler’s former office.
Also, the Christus Spohn provider network will continue to operate the George West clinic with Dr. Karl Stein serving that facility as medical director.
“This is a positive outcome,” said Linda McKenna, vice president, physician services. “We did not want to leave these communities without health care providers.”
Also, the physicians, Drs. Karole Beasley, Arthur Chin, Frank R. Dehnisch Jr. and Francisco Miranda, several with long relationships here, are staying in the community.
McKenna said the last day for the BMA clinic to remain open as a part of the Christus provider network is July 20, and Twin Fountains takes over operations on Aug. 5. So, the clinic will be closed for that two-week period; patients with emergency situations can go to the hospital for treatment.
Medical records, which are the property of Christus, will be made available to the patients or to the physician of their choice, she added.
Raymond Ramos, vice president/chief operating officer of Beeville hospital, announced major renovations to improve the facility, an eight-month project to be completed in four or five phases.
Costing $850,000 to $900,000 and beginning the second week of August, the changes will be made to the emergency department’s interior, in order to improve patient flow. They include a new fast track room, new patient-friendly registration area, new private triage room, new nurse desk and lobby updated with new finishes. Also, Christus Spohn will honor the Beeville Ladies Night Out plans and funds with two child-friendly rooms.
Ramos pointed out that in the fiscal year just completed at the end of June, the hospital had seen a 14 percent increase in ER visits, particularly from auto wrecks in the Eagle Ford Shale. He added, though, that hospital occupancy had remained flat at about 21 patients on a daily basis, with room for about 60 – or one-third of capacity.
With improvements to the ER and smooth transitions involving the clinics in Bee and Live Oak counties, the hospital hopes to increase the number of patients. Additionally, plans are to hire a general surgeon who will reside in and be a part of this community, Ramos added.
We desperately need emergency and trauma care services here and are thankful Christus Spohn is making major contributions to keep our local hospital modern and attuned to community needs.