HOUSTON (Feb. 23, 2011) – The Harris County Hospital District hosted a ribbon cutting Feb. 23 for the new Emergency Center at Lyndon Baines Johnson General Hospital, 5656 Kelly Street, the busiest Level III trauma center in the state. The Emergency Center handles approximately three-to-four times the patient load of any other Level III trauma center in the region, and was the first Level III trauma center ever designated in the state of Texas.
The expansion and renovation increases the existing Emergency Center from 25,000 square feet to 43,000 square feet with 40 exam rooms, where physicians from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston provide services to children and adults in Harris County.
“It is a testament to the Hospital District’s mission that the expansion of the Emergency Center is being celebrated today,” says David S. Lopez, president and CEO, Harris County Hospital District. “Expanding our reach to the community and improving patient access to care and services are key priorities.”
The renovation, scheduled to be completed in three major phases, will help improve patient access to healthcare services, reduce wait times and offer patients a full spectrum of emergency and other critically needed healthcare services. With the completed expansion, the new Emergency Center expects 100,000 patient visits in the near future.
"The new facility will enable us to better serve our patients by delivering emergency care in a much more appropriate space and in a more timely manner,” says Jessie L. Tucker III, PhD, senior vice president and administrator, LBJ General Hospital. “The Emergency Center at LBJ Hospital exemplifies the Harris County Hospital District’s passion and commitment to providing care to our community.”
Attending the ribbon cutting were several elected officials including U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Harris County Commissioner El Franco Lee. Others attending included Gwen Emmett, wife of Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Larry Kaiser, MD, president and Alkek/Williams Chair, UTHealth, Joseph D'Addesio, MD, medical director, LBJ Emergency Center, and David Robinson, MD, emergency medicine physician, LBJ Emergency Center.
The Harris County Hospital District believes that all patients should receive high-quality healthcare at the right time, by the right people, in the right location. To help achieve this vision, the Harris County Hospital District continues to invest in underserved communities to bring expanded access to patients regarding primary, specialty and emergency healthcare and other diagnostic services.