UPDATED: Monday, December 2, 2013 - 11:07pm
BRYAN, Tx (KYLE) — After being designated the region’s highest level trauma center, St. Joseph Health System is now investing more than $20 million into a new facility to house our trauma program. Called the St. Joseph Emergency and Trauma Center (ETC), the St. Joseph ETC will be built on the campus of our Bryan hospital, St. Joseph Regional Health Center.
The number of trauma patients St. Joseph cares for has steadily increased since our Level II Trauma Center designation. In addition, according to CDC data, St. Joseph’s emergency department cares for patients more acutely ill than national averages.
The new, larger facility will improve patient flow and reduce wait time. St. Joseph’s ETC will also be strategically designed for specialized, clinical teams to deliver personalized care.
“Different patients have different needs,” said Kathleen R. Krusie, CEO of St. Joseph Regional Health Center. “The design of the new Emergency & Trauma Center will allow clinicians to treat patients in a setting that is more comfortable and private. The new facility will also make the team even more efficient when treating serious incidents such as stroke, heart attack, auto accidents and head and fall injuries, all of which are a race against the clock when treating.”
“We have been working on building the trauma program and now we need the physical space to accommodate our increasing trauma volume,” said Adair de Berry-Carlisle, D.O., F.A.C.O.S., medical director of the Level II Trauma Program at St. Joseph Regional Health Center.
St. Joseph will finalize design of the new facility in early 2014, though renderings of what the ETC could look like are available. Construction will start in the spring and is expected to finish by mid-2015.