The Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Vision XXI leadership class toured Seton Medical Center and Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen for its Medical Day field trip June 13.

Melissa Purl, Seton marketing director and a member of the Vision XXI group, took the class on a tour of the hospital’s emergency room, woman’s center, CT scan and MRI imaging equipment and the intensive care unit.

“Dreams, collaboration and determination built this hospital from the ground up,” Purl said.

The hospital opened at midnight June 18, 2012, and within an hour, four ambulances lined the bays and patients walked in. Hospital officials expected 40 to 50 patients and were surprised when 57 came the first day, CEO Matt Maxfield said.

Since then, the medical staff has continued to grow. The hospital employed 100 physicians when it opened in June 2012 and now staffs 225.

“We’ve recruited over 30 new physicians to the community,” said Dr. Charles Day, the hospital chief of staff.

The next stop for the Vision XXI class was Metroplex Hospital in Killeen. Dr. Dan Daniels, anesthesiologist, said Metroplex is just one part of the total Metroplex Health System, the main health care provider for Coryell, Bell and Lampasas Counties. The medical facility is a nonprofit Christian organization operated as a community service by the Adventist Health System.

“This is a great place to work and we’ve got the proof from the Gallup organization,” Daniels said,

Metroplex is an acute-care facility with high-end, state-of-the-art equipment and technology. With a complete array of medical services to choose from, they provide $49,309 a day in charitable care.

Fran Davis, coordinator of provider services, led the class on tours of the facility, pointing out the emergency room, trauma rooms, rehab services, sleep disorders center, cardiac rehab and the advanced imaging center.

“The center located in Killeen has the only open MRI between Austin and Waco,” she said. “It’s an alternative for children, those who are claustrophobic or larger-sized patients.”

The Vision XXI class ended the day at the Harker Heights Food Care Center, where they met the director and toured the facility. Class members have adopted the center as a class project.


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