CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System broke ground Wednesday on its new freestanding emergency center in New Braunfels. Slated for completion later this year, the 12,000-square-foot Emergency Center will be located on FM 306 adjacent to Town Center at Creekside, just east of Buc-ee’s, and will have 10 beds.
“CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is committed to providing high quality, accessible services throughout the San Antonio area. The new CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Emergency Center will offer area residents convenient access to emergent care in areas where such services are not immediately available,” said Patrick Carrier, President and CEO, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System. “The new center will emphasize excellent customer service and offer a full range of round-the-clock emergency services to children and adults in areas not currently served by a hospital emergency department. This endeavor is consistent with our 142-year tradition of providing high quality patient care and accessible health services.”
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, a not-for-profit, Catholic faith-based health system, is partnering with Emergency Service Partners (ESP) who will staff the facility with emergency physicians and will provide overall medical management of both facilities. “CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Emergency Centers will operate just as an emergency room in a hospital facility, complying with all of the same requirements for hospital-based emergency departments,” said Dr. Dennis Watts, Executive Vice President of Business Integration, ESP. “All operational and construction requirements must be consistent with those of any other hospital emergency department.”
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Emergency Center will be open year round, 24 hours per day and handle all types of emergencies from chest pain to stroke symptoms and high blood pressure to general children’s emergencies. Emergency transportation will be available for patients requiring inpatient hospital care.
The facilities will be staffed with emergency physicians and an array of other nursing and clinical staff, and will be fully equipped like a hospital emergency department, including comprehensive imaging services. Outpatient imaging services will be available at both locations as well. The location is expected to open late 2012.
Patients in these fast-growing areas of Comal, Guadalupe, and Hays Counties will now have access to emergency care close to home. CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels Vice President/Administrator, Jim D. Wesson, FACHE, has long expressed the System’s commitment to continued community growth and expanding access to care to those we are privileged to serve in New Braunfels and beyond.
Wesson commented, “We’ve been very pleased to work with our community’s first responders and EMS leadership. Their expertise and support has been, and will continue to be, instrumental in our planning process. The development of the new Emergency Center allows us to expand our high quality services to reach even more individuals throughout the region. This Center will complement the existing Hospital’s Emergency Department and excellent team of physicians and Associates, which sees more than 35,000 patients each year. Like the development of the cardiology program, the ICU expansion, and the Birthing Center Renovations, this new freestanding emergency center is just another example of the significant investment CHRISTUS is making in the community we are so privileged to serve.”
Marty Lindley, Chairman of the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels Civic Advisory Board, added, “On behalf of the Advisory Board, we are pleased to see CHRISTUS Santa Rosa's increased commitment to the community, evidenced by the building of the freestanding emergency center. Advisory Board members are continually impressed with the hospital's quality of health care. The medical care given to patients at the new emergency center will be an extension of the same quality of health care, and speaks to the CHRISTUS’ mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”