A Year Milestone
By Adriana Acosta •
Originally published August 5, 2010 at 7:26 a.m., updated August 5, 2010 at 7:26 a.m.
Steven Smith remembers the first day the hospital opened its doors.
“It is hard to believe it has been a year already, it has flown by because we have been so busy from the day we stepped in here,” said the chief executive officer for Matagorda Regional Medical Center.
Next week, the hospital will celebrate one year in the new location with a formal dedication of the building.
After 69 years of operation at the old hospital, a 118,000 square foot hospital facility opened its doors in 2009.
Part of the the celebration is to honor the people that assisted in making the hospital, he said.
The community is invited to celebrate the hospital’s birthday. Cake and punch will be served at the hospital cafeteria.
The new hospital broke ground in 2007, after years of re-evaluating the need to renovate the old campus or build a new facility, Smith said.
Board members opted for the construction of a new facility, he said.
“It was economically more beneficial to build a new hospital,” he added.
A year later, the hospital staff has settled in and is taking care of patients without skipping a beat, he said.
“They picked up, got into a whole new place and settled in quickly,” he said.
With a new hospital, Smith said the focus is to look at patient needs.
“We are really focusing hard in improving the patient, customer and physician focus of how we do things and trying to find user friendly ways to use the services in the hospital,” he said.
Smith is glad people are choosing to stay home for health care.
In the past, patients have made the choice to leave the community, he said.
Future construction at the hospital campus include the Matagorda County EMS building, and the Matagorda Wellness Center.
The Bay City Dialysis Center is in the final stages of construction and is set to open in September;
The hospital board is designing a 30,000 to 40,000 square feet medical office building that will be connected via covered corridor to the northeast corner of the hospital, said Smith.
In order to continue the level of service offered to the community, Smith said they are working aggressively to recruit new physicians to the community to complement the ones that are here.
“It took a lot for this hospital to come together, the celebration next week will honor all those who made this happen,” he said.
WHO: Matagorda Regional Medical Center, 104 Seventh Street
WHERE: Hospital cafeteria, Cake and punch will be served
WHEN: Tuesday, August 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Call 979-245-6383 for more information