South Texas Regional Medical Center in Jourdanton strives to offer a variety of healthcare services in a patient-centered environment. In keeping with its mission, construction continues on the South Texas Medical Plaza.
The 50,000 square ft. facility will change how far patients have to travel for specialty care.
Surgeons currently located on West Oaklawn in Pleasanton, as well as primary care doctors such as those with Lone Star Medicine will be moved on-site. Key hospital departments, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physical rehab and speech therapy will also move to the plaza building. So, too, will wound care and hyperbarics.
There will be one central registration area as you walk in, to visit any one of the numerous departments. The Heart Clinic, which is currently located in the Steinle Medical Office building will move and become a multi-specialty clinic. Other departments moving include the orthopaedic group, pulmonology and Dr. Edward Blackmon of Advanced OB/ GYN.
Pediatrician Dr. Alejandra Moreno will remain in the Steinle Medical Office building and the upper floors will be business offices for accounting, third party billing, etc.
“We are going to be consolidating into one campus,” said STRMC Marketing Director Will Brown. “It will be a medical center, your one stop center, for your diagnostic and primary care needs.”
For example, if Dr. Michael Kurz of Lone Star Medicine is your doctor and something is wrong with your knee, you can have imaging done inside.
“There will be an X-ray room where you can get a quick X-ray. Down the hall is orthopaedics, continued Brown. You can do this instead of having to make another appointment. It offers a continuum of care.
STRMC has also addressed one of its chief complaints– parking. One of the first phases of construction at the plaza was to build a staff parking lot behind the hospital, which is complete. This has freed up a lot of space. New, additional parking spaces will accommodate the increased traffic that will come with the medical plaza.
With all of these specialists on campus, it will be so much easier for patients to go to one place, especially for those with joint issues and for the elderly.
We want to limit the burden of healthcare and make everything as convenient as possible. This plaza is critically important to solidify that access to convenient care, added Brown.
The plaza and main building will be connected by a covered walkway. There will be a drop-off area and when you walk in, there will be a common registration area.
This will allow for a larger focus on clinical services upstairs.
As information is taken in the registration area, electronic medical records will be taken to work with all of the clinics. The same information taken in for family practice will be the same information taken in for orthopedics, pulmonology, etc. So for the patient, it makes it very convenient, said STRMC CEO Jim Resendez.
A lot of infrastructural things are happening in addition to the bricks and mortar, he added.
Another thing that Resendez said was sorely needed, was more educational space.
There is a large conference room with lots of seating, rather than having to cram into a small area. Another room will have a partition so that you can either have one large room or smaller rooms. This was something we really, really needed, said Resendez.
Occupying the first floor will be the therapy center and wound care program.
The real advantage in moving into this space, is that we are able to design it based on our needs, versus having to adopt to the space, Resendez noted.
When patients walk in, there is a large waiting room. This allows for more space for those in walkers or crutches. It will be a state-ofthe art rehab center and the room with exercise equipment will be upgraded.
This allows for the way stations are set up to flow much better. For example, the flooring will be the rubber, matted floor and it will be easier for patients. The cube areas Resendez showed during the tour will become treatment rooms for therapy patients. There will also be big screen TVs and work stations for the therapy sessions. Resendez described it as a 360 type of arrangement.
STRMC also does a lot of pediatric therapy and sometimes patients are autistic or developmentally challenged.
This room is specific for pediatric therapy. It will have a motif that is conducive to children. Weve got pediatric trained therapists already on staff. A lot of times, they dont want the parents involved because you want to create some independence and autonomy with the children. So there will be a one-way window so parents can observe. Something again, the community just hasnt had, and I would argue the larger therapy centers in San Antonio dont have, said Resendez.
For the wound care area, there is a lot of infrastructure required. There will be state-of-the art equipment, digital versus the manual ones they currently have. There will also be a nurses station to see patients and exam rooms. The nearby hallway will go back over to the hospital.
After going up the stairs, patients will see a common waiting room, which is a nice open area. There is also an elevator. It allows for growth so that they will have space for three family practices.
Then there will be pediatrics, offering a unique space that caters to the patient population.
Then is the OB area, built for two OB/GYNs. The hub of activity will be in these areas, said Resendez.
The OB area will also house exam rooms and specialty rooms such as one for ultrasounds and a nonstress room. This is what you would typically see in most urban settings.
When you go down the hall, you get into the other specialty areas– pulmonology, cardiology, general surgery and orthopaedics.
Often more room is needed for other procedures, so there will be a shared procedure room. This will be for non-sedation procedures which require more room. The other thing that will be incorporated is orthopaedics. You need more room and a larger space for those patients on crutches, etc. Now a patient can just go downstairs to the imaging department. There is also an X-ray room, specific for orthopaedics, so patients do not have to go elsewhere. The doorway goes back to the main hall.
This puts everything under one roof and makes it convenient and user-friendly for patients, as well as for staff and doctors, said Resendez.
The South Texas Medical Plaza is scheduled to be completed in mid-August. Also scheduled for completion near that time is the South Texas Diagnostic Center, next to Pleasanton Athletic Center. This will be the permanent home of South Texas Regional Urgent Care, as well as South Texas Diagnostic Center and South Texas Occupational Medicine.