A nice turnout of members of the Bee County medical community, Chamber of Commerce and business people was observed at Thursday afternoon’s ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the new emergency room facilities at Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville.
Thankfully, not having been inside the ER in several years, it still was quite obvious that the hospital and county had partnered to make many needed changes.
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Nathan Tudor said, “There were a lot of people involved in the process. We looked to see what we could do to enhance our patient flow, and we worked with our associates and physicians and came up with a good plan, and we’ve started to see the results come through.”
Among the renovations are several new rooms, including a private triage room, a fast track room to assist patients with minor injuries and a new medication room.
The Beeville Ladies Night Out organizers helped sponsor a patient room designed for children, including colorful painted figures on the walls.
The project, at a cost of about a million dollars, also consists of a new nurse desk, a patient-friendly registration area and lobby updates.
Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated improvement involves patient wait times. Tudor said that by increasing capacity and improving other processes, the hospital has cut down on wait times considerably.
He indicated that they can pretty much guarantee that a patient can be seen and greeted by a clinician now in under 10 minutes, perhaps even six.
“We want people to know that they will be taken care of quickly and that we’re going to be compassionate and meet their needs. So, it’s a huge benefit.”
Community members already are appreciating the change of culture there regarding the treatment of patients, for which Chief Nursing Officer Danny St. Armand praised Tudor.
“The word is spreading, in reference to Nathan’s leadership, and the culture within this hospital has completely changed, compared to what it used to be,” St. Armand said.
We have always said that one major reason our city has grown and prospered in comparison to others is from having a hospital. It makes us even prouder to have a modern facility that we can count on in emergencies.