By Don Bolding
Killeen Daily Herald
Scott & White Hospital in Temple plans an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today for its new Center for Advanced Medicine, intended to raise patient care to a new level of efficiency and comfort.
The eight-story, 500,000-square-foot facility on 11 acres is expected to receive patients in the next few weeks.
"This will be a great advance for our patients from the entire area, including west Bell County and beyond," said Scott & White president and chief executive officer Dr. Alfred Knight.
Concurrently with the grand opening, hospital board member Ross McKnight announced a $1 million pledge as part of an effort to raise funds for a new cancer treatment center at the hospital. The hospital is seeking another $5 million to match a challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation.
"Plans for expanding cancer treatment at Scott & White include a multiphase building program. Space is needed to meet the needs of a growing number of patients, enhance the environment of care for patients and families and bring physicians and staff together in a single center," an announcement said.
"It will mean that more options will be available to local residents without their having to go to Dallas or Houston," Dr. Knight said.
The Center for Advanced Medicine, the focus of the open house today, has a total of 419 beds including the Scott & White Children's Hospital, the Heart & Vascular Institute, Women's Center, Emergency Department, medical, surgical, pediatric and neonatal intensive care units and other specialty services. It will feature all-digital technology.
The new building will offer a 50 percent increase in the hospital's exam room space and diagnostic and treatment areas. Besides the main hospital entrance, the Heart and Vascular Institute, children's hospital and women's center and emergency departments will each have separate outside entrances.
The design of the CAM provides a warm, hotel-like atmosphere intended to maximize patient comfort, hospital officials said.