Hospital face-lifts get clean bill of health
By the Advocate Editorial Board
Jan. 16, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.
Updated Jan. 17, 2018 at 6 a.m.
Victoria's medical facilities are vital to our communities and are truly the pulse of the Crossroads.
DeTar Healthcare System's recent announcement to upgrade DeTar Hospital North with a $3.3 million project gives us hope for a healthier future for Crossroads residents.
DeTar, however, is not the only health care facility seeing growth. Citizens Medical Center is on the mend as well. In August, the hospital was moving forward with its potential partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center. Officials also moved forward with the expansion of the hospital's emergency department, a project that will cost between $8.5 million and $10 million.
The renovation at DeTar Hospital North is something that hasn't been done in 14 years. The project comes in two phases. Each phase will upgrade wings with new furniture and cosmetic renovations including sleeper recliners, flat-screen TVs and new paint. New equipment plus double doors with locks will help make the hospital more secure.
We understand both hospitals are businesses, and as with all businesses, there can be some competition, but we are glad this competition helps build a strong medical hub for the Crossroads.
Face-lifts, while cosmetic, are definitely needed. A better space for patients and their families helps alleviate stress and provide a better experience during difficult, tense situations.
In 2016, DeTar also expanded its emergency department at DeTar Navarro. That $10 million project added 15,000 square feet to the department, including 22 private rooms and specialized treatment areas. The parking lot was also expanded.
Ideally, we would like to see Victoria become a true medical hub, and a partnership with MD Anderson, like Citizens is planning, is a definite step in this direction.
Sure, the hospitals and these changes may be Victoria-based, but we believe Victoria should be seen as a place with excellent medical care for all those living in surrounding cities and communities, like Cuero, Refugio and Edna. Let's not forget that these smaller cities also have hospitals and clinics that are able to care for residents.
Ultimately, having residents stay in the immediate area would be less of a burden mentally and financially.
Let's support Victoria's hospitals to become the top-notch facilities they can and should be.
This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.