There are big changes to Electra Memorial Hospital. Administrators have announced a major renovation and expansion project. The move comes after the hospital received an $11.4M loan guarantee from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The hospital will look completely different within two years. The changes go beyond an exterior update. "We're going to be expanding and renovating out current facility adding a new patient wing … We are adding space for our lab, for our diagnostic services in an effort to give our patients more privacy and have more room to do the work that we do," said CEO Jan Reed.
Residents are happy about the changes. Carla Creed moved to Electra about a year ago. In that time, she has used the hospital several times. She's excited about more private rooms. "When you share a room, its always constant griping 'oh your TV is up too loud' or 'turn that off' or when you're trying to sleep they're up," she said. Under the renovations, the number of private rooms will be doubled.
Creed is thankful to have a hospital in Electra. "I don't have to drive all the way to Wichita Falls, I can just go right down the street," she said.
Reed says the goal is to make that close care even better. "In the end the result will be we will have a new, state of the art facility… What we want to do is improve the whole patient experience," she said.
Groundbreaking should happen before the New Year. The project will take around two years to complete.