Some patients and visitors to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne will notice changes in the coming months.
The hospital’s second floor, which houses patients who are recovering from illness and other medical conditions, is being renovated in two parts. The first renovations began Monday morning, with half of the floor blocked off by a temporary sound-muffling wall.
“It’s been over 26 years since anything has been done to update any of our patient floors,” said Blake Kretz, Texas Health Cleburne president. “We are going in and putting in new ceiling and lighting, flooring, new nursing stations.”
The new centralized nursing station will accommodate all of the new electronics and equipment that hospitals didn’t have three decades ago, Kretz said.
“We used to have slots for charts in the old design, and of course we don’t have that any more,” he said.
The second floor has semi-private patient rooms, which are usually occupied by only one patient; however, Kretz said that during renovations, the rooms will have to be double-occupied as necessary.
The second phase of the project should go smoother because at that point, the main nurses station will be complete and running. Through about Thanksgiving, nurses are using a “very tiny” nurses station and computers on wheels, Kretz said.
Hospital visitors will notice that the waiting and lobby area has an all-new look, complete with a coffee bar.
“The sterile white hallways and stark white floors were decades ago,” Kretz said. “So this will have a calming effect. It’s an intimidating place to come into some times.
“There will be new furniture in the nurses station and lobby areas, with a much more calming palate. You look at our floor and they have the mauves and baby blue colors from the ’80s. [This will] upgrade the facility to a level that matches how we’ve upgraded the staff and make it feel less like a hospital.”
Hospital staff said there will be signs to direct visitors to the correct elevators with information about what construction to expect.
Facility upgrades have been in the works for several years.
“It’s a strategic direction for the hospital to upgrade the facility as we can,” Kretz said. “We started back in 2007; updated and expanded the emergency room. In 2009, we added new operating rooms and updated outpatient surgery. In 2010, the front lobby was updated.”
Updates to the radiology and waiting room area have also taken place as time allows.
Kretz said the second floor updates will cost about half a million dollars, allocated by Texas Health Resources for capital needs. Future plans call for updating the third floor, likely in the next year. The construction underway should be finished in January.
“We apologize for the inconvenience of course to our community, but it will be a great upgrade to our hospital and it will be better for our families that visit,” Kretz said.