POSTED: Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 6:44pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 7, 2012 - 10:37am
Tyler, Texas — After two years of planning and construction, the new Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital is open to the public this weekend. Today they welcomed an advance look at the only freestanding heart hospital in the area.
Some say this new hospital will turn medical complications into a luxury and comforting experience, and the Owen couple, who graciously donated the seed money for construction, are hoping for just that.
In 2010, Louis and Peaches Owen donated $18 million dollars to Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler to help build a "state of the art" heart hospital. Lindsey Bradley, president of Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, said, "It's remarkable to have the ability to do a gift like this, it's even more remarkable to have the vision and the heart." Louis Owen said both he and his wife had their fair share of medical problems, but never worried that, "Anything other than good would come out of it." Louis Owen said, "God definitely had a bunch of influence in that, and we wanted to pay him back to a certain extent."
The six story hospital has 72 ICU ready private patient rooms with 24-hour visitation, that even accommodates out of town family members if they want to stay. Owen said, "People come in and they're worried sick about their family, so I think it's very important the atmosphere they've created here."
The patient rooms include the Universal Bed Model, which allows them to stay in the same room for pre and post operative care. Peaches Owen said, "I particularly having heart surgery myself, know the feeling of intensive care." Owen says there are nurses watching each private room at all times, so you never have to wait.
The chief of heart surgery says this facility will provide the highest level of care to all patients. James Caccitolo, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, said, "We've got a completely electronic medical record now that we can access patients information whether we're in the office, hospital, or even outside of Tyler." He also says they are the sole provider of the robotic cardiac surgery here in East Texas.
Peaches Owen said, "I hope you like the facility, but that you never have to go." Bradley said this facility is designed to treat the whole patient, medically and spiritually, whatever they need. The hospital opens for patient care on December 15th.