LONGVIEW, TEXAS (January 9, 2012)---Good Shepherd Medical Center strives to meet the healthcare needs of all citizens living in Northeast Texas. As a continued effort to meet this need, Good Shepherd is proud to announce that construction has begun in Kilgore to renovate and reopen an Emergency Room in Kilgore.
Good Shepherd responded when Kilgore expressed a growing need for an Emergency Center located within their community. “We have worked with the Laird Foundation and the City of Kilgore to design a facility that will meet the community’s healthcare needs,” said Ed Banos, president and chief executive officer of Good Shepherd Medical Center. “We know this facility will provide the residents of Kilgore quality medical care for urgent and emergent illnesses and injuries.”
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the Good Shepherd Medical Center Emergency Center in Kilgore will provide patients of all ages the high-quality, compassionate care associated with the Good Shepherd name. Staffed by the same Board Certified Emergency Room Physicians who staff Longview, Marshall, and Linden Emergency Rooms, Good Shepherd is committed to bringing a quality level of care that has not always been available in smaller communities. All registered nurses in the Kilgore Emergency Room have had specialized emergency training.
Scheduled to open late this winter, the newly renovated Kilgore Emergency Center will be fully equipped with all new state of the art equipment. With 12 exam rooms, a full digital radiology suite including x-ray and CT, and a full chemistry lab onsite, the Good Shepherd Emergency Room in Kilgore will be able to treat all emergency care needs. The Kilgore Emergency Center will be able to provide care for all emergencies including chest pain, breathing complications, broken bones, laceration and workplace injuries.
The City of Kilgore, Roy H. Laird Memorial Hospital Foundation, Allegiance and Good Shepherd all worked together to help bring needed healthcare services to Kilgore residents. The Roy H. Laird Memorial Hospital Foundation has agreed to contribute $900,000 toward the cost of the project in order to bring an emergency room back to Kilgore.
“We hope to take the stress out of emergency medical situations by providing a calming environment and personalized care close to home,” said Craig Meek, MD, Good Shepherd Emergency Center Medical Director. “The goal of our Emergency Center in Kilgore is for our patients receive exceptional service in a prompt, convenient environment by dedicated and skilled Emergency Medical Professionals.”
“With growing volumes in the Good Shepherd Kilgore location, the community leaders believed that Kilgore area residents needed quality healthcare services available where they can conveniently access services,” said Ed Banos, president and chief executive officer of Good Shepherd Medical Center. “This emergency center will be able to fulfill a need where otherwise area residents have had to travel to Longview or Tyler to receive emergency care.”
From: Good Shepherd Medical Center