Members of the community got a first look at the new multi-million dollar patient care tower at Christus Spohn Shoreline. The ten-story building, which is still a construction zone, is set to open next year.
Leaders in the hospital system call the tower an “ultramodern medical facility” that they say will provide a new level of healthcare to the people of Nueces County.
“All the rooms are brand new. we’ve got new beds, new equipment, new lighting, new televisions, infrastructure,” said Justin Doss, president of the Christus Spohn Health System. “Just everything to make the patient experience just that much better.”
That experience will include two-hundred new hospital beds and what will be the region’s largest emergency department. It will nearly double the current ER capacity at Spohn Shoreline. The new tower includes 55 ER beds and four trauma bays. Doss also says a wide open design will help nurses and doctors treat those who need it most.
“When you think about a patient coming in from a motor vehicle accident or being able to service the EMS community here, it allows us to be able to do that in a faster, more efficient way. So, we’re really excited to bring this to the community. This is going to be something no one else has,” Doss said.
The new intensive care unit also provides nurses a rare type of access to their patients. Each station is designed with windows that will give them a direct line of sight to into the patients’ rooms.
This new facility is part of the master facility plan that Christus Spohn launched four years ago. The $335 million dollar project also included the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Health Center, which opened on the Spohn Memorial campus in early 2017.
Now, the countdown begins to open Shoreline’s new patient tower. The target date is in spring 2019.