HCMH board authorizes renovations for cardiac center

$3 million project will bring full-time cardiologist to area

From Staff Reports

Sept. 11, 2008 - Hopkins County Memorial Hospital's board of directors Wednesday authorized renovations to create a heart catheter lab at the medical center.

The $3 million construction project is being done in a partnership with a cardiac specialist from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex who will have a significant financial investment in this project.

Dr. Jeffrey Gladden, a physician with the Advanced Heart Care Group of the Heart Hospital at Plano, will purchase and install the catheter lab and will place a full time interventional cardiologist in the community.

According to Sherry Moore, Director of Marketing for HCMH, said Dr. Gladden's goal is to make Hopkins County Memorial Hospital a regional heart center.

She also said HCMH Chief Execuitve Officer Michael McAndrew and Dr. Gladden have been meeting for over one year working on the partnership.

Hopkins County Memorial Hospital will become the site of the 10th clinic operating in the Advanced Heart Care network. Dr. Gladden serves on the board of directors of Advanced Heart Care, which has a stated mission "to provide the best, most advanced cardiovascular services available to small and underserved communities in North Texas and Southeast Oklahoma."

The organization began as a solo practice in Dallas in 1997, with outreach centers in Paris and Decatur, but has since expanded to six other communities, including Bonham, Bowie, Gainesville, Lewisville, and Idabel, Okla.

Earlier this year, the hospital embarked on a mutli-phase renovation project.

The project, which broke ground in May, will cover some 63,000 square feet in total. The cost is estimated at $36.5 million. It is the largest project ever undertaken in Hopkins County by any single business or organization, according to hospital directors.

The plans call for a new emergency department and patient tower, a renovated and enlarged lobby and waiting areas, new and updated infrastructure components, and many other upgrades.

Taking into account the relatively new Women's Pavilion, intensive care unit and operating theater, the net effect of the future project will essentially be a new facility that should serve the community well for years to come," HCMH leaders stated in a press release.

"It will help lower energy costs, but more importantly it is going to give us a building that is going to be around for another 30 to 40 years," McAndrew said.

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