By Rose Luna

Killeen Daily Herald

For Metroplex Hospital and Scott & White Hospital, 2006 was all about expansion.

New buildings opened this year include the Center for Diagnostic Medicine, Scott & White Clinic at the University Medical Campus in Round Rock and Killeen West Clinic, and the ribbon was cut on the new Center for Advanced Medicine.

At $148 million, and nearly 500,000 square feet, the Center for Advanced Medicine is the largest project ever undertaken by Scott & White. It is also the county's largest nonmilitary project.

"This was a big year in opening new facilities," said Lisa Soule, communications coordinator for Scott & White.

Scott & White saw more than 1 million patients systemwide, and hired more than 1,500 new employees in 2006.

Scott & White also made significant adjustments to its pay for bedside nurses. With a $4.5 million adjustment to the base pay for bedside nurses, Scott & White is now leading the market in that regard. Other employees also saw pay increases as it spent more than $3.5 million in market competitive adjustments.

For the upcoming year, Scott & White plans to open two new hospitals in the summer.

Located on 12 acres at Scott & White's West Campus, the Continuing Care Hospital will accept patients from internal medicine, pulmonary, neurology and infectious disease. Patients may be admitted from their doctor's office, the Emergency Department or other hospitals.

"No one provides that kind of care between Waco and Austin," Soule said. "We expect the outcome to be quite favorable."

Scott & White now serves the Killeen area with two clinic locations after a recent opening of the Killeen West Clinic, just off the Willow Springs exit of U.S. Highway 190.

The growth in Killeen mirrors that of the expanding Temple-based health-care system, which opened a new specialty clinic at the University Medical Campus, Round Rock, in October. Scott & White was the first of several health care systems extending specialized services into Williamson County. A new, 72-bed Scott & White hospital will open at the same location in the spring.

There are also plans to expand the hospital's new Cancer Treatment Center that will be located on the main campus in the space that was vacated by moves to the Center for Advanced Medicine.

Also new in the 2007 school year will be an expansion of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Previously, Temple was home only to third- and fourth-year medical students. However, the expansion means that both the Temple and College Station locations will each grow to a four-year medical school campus.

Scott & White has received national recognition on several fronts and has been named a "100 Top Hospital" by industry rating firm Solucient for six consecutive years. Solucient has recognized Scott & White for seven consecutive years in its 100 Top Hospitals – Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success.

The Scott & White Health Plan was recently rated No. 1 in Texas in the "America's Best Health Plans" report in U.S. News & World Report. The Health Plan covers more than 180,000 members, offering small and large group plans.

As Metroplex grows in size and technology, the health system's well-earned reputation of outstanding personalized healthcare remains steadfast.

Like other Adventist-operated hospitals, Metroplex is committed to meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the people it serves. Expanded services include such programs and resources as chaplaincy services, grief recovery counseling, and daily and weekly devotional programs for employees and hospital visitors and patients.

The system employs about 1,200 area residents and cares for more than 125,000 patients each year. Metroplex supports an exceptional staff of more than 150 physicians, representing 36 medical specialties.

On March 15, Metroplex opened its doors to the community for an open house event celebrating the completion of the patient tower expansion. A crowd of more than 300 gathered for guided tours and ribbon cuttings.

The new surgical suite, located on the lower level, houses two operating rooms and an ambulatory surgery area with six pre-op/post-op bays and four recovery bays designed for same-day surgical procedures.

Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Lampasas recently completed a 14,000-square-foot expansion that added 17 new patient rooms, a new surgical suite and an ambulatory surgery area.

Metroplex Hospital and Frederick Barnett M.D. have gained national recognition in the latest imaging technology, specifically the 64-slice computed tomography (CT) use for cardio angiography. The two were featured in a cover story of Diagnostic Imaging magazine and Metroplex is now a featured site for Toshiba in promoting the use of CT angiography.

MetroFlex Rehabilitation Center and MetroKids Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, part of the Metroplex Health System, recently relocated to one convenient, centralized location across the street from Metroplex Hospital in Killeen.

The facilities, which used to be located in separate buildings miles from the hospital, are now located in the same office building and offer an additional 1,000 square feet of space. At the new center, MetroKids is also now able to offer aquatic therapy for children, something that was only available at MetroFlex in the past.

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