May 15, 2020
San Antonio, TX – Methodist Hospital Texsan completed the renovation and expansion of its emergency department. This improvement allows the hospital to keep up with the growing community.
“We are excited that this expansion will enable us to continue to provide exceptional care to those needing emergency services,” said Megan Amalakuhan, Chief Operating Officer at Texsan. “Keeping our patients safe while in our care is our top priority. Our enhanced processes around cleaning and infection prevention, as well as added private rooms, will allow our team members to take even greater care of our patients.”
The expansion added 7,700 square feet of treatment space, 11 private rooms, including an isolation room, a trauma room, and multiple triage rooms for treatment of minor issues. Texsan added new electronic communication boards to share real-time information about patient care.
One of the first patients to need care in the new emergency department was Rudy Flores, manager at the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, who broke his wrist after a bike accident near his home in Balcones Heights. His mother-in-law drove him straight to Texsan for care.
“There was no wait at all. Within minutes, I was in the back being treated. I didn’t even have a chance to sit down,” said Rudy Flores. “It was so convenient that the staff was able to do everything they needed in my room.”
Researchers have analyzed hospital admissions and found that many people with acute and emergency medical conditions are not going to the hospital. We’ve seen indications of these national trends in our local hospitals. At Methodist Hospital Texsan, for example, we’re seeing fewer patients coming to us for emergencies. Texsan has implemented several new protective measures to ensure our hospital continues to be the safest place possible to receive care.
“I had a mask. They had a mask. I was never concerned about getting COVID-19,” said Rudy. “I felt safe there.”