Hospital reveals transformational capital improvement project
Officials with Covenant Health announced today (March 24) a $450 million
building and renovation plan for the Lubbock hospital system.
Consistently ranked as a top-tier healthcare provider regionally, Covenant
Health is embarking on a capital improvement project called “Keeping
the Covenant” to bring the latest in facility design and advanced
technology to better serve the people of the West Texas and Eastern New
“The founders of the early hospitals and clinics in Lubbock left
a legacy of quality health care in West Texas,” said Richard Parks,
CEO. “With state-of-the-art facilities, Covenant Health is committed
to carry on that legacy for the next 100 years. That’s our covenant
to our ministry of Christian healing, to our medical staff and care teams,
to our community and we’re keeping it.”
Keeping the Covenant includes massive renovations of current facilities,
new construction and technology upgrades. Slated to be completed in five
to seven years, Keeping the Covenant begins with expansion and renovation
of the Joe Arrington Cancer Center (JACC) and the main Covenant Medical
Center (CMC) campus. At the JACC, patients will be treated with the latest
radiation therapy equipment in remodeled patient care facilities. New
medical oncology and specialty clinics will be included in the broadened JACC.
The construction project will provide the community with state-of-the art
facilities designed from patient/family-centered design elements.
“This is a once-in-lifetime construction project where Covenant is
rethinking facility design to incorporate healing elements,” said
Teb Thames, MD, chairman of Covenant’s board of directors. “The
vision of the facility design is to help reduce staff stress and fatigue,
increase effectiveness in care delivery, and improve patient safety and
overall health care quality”.
The initial phase of the construction at CMC will result in a temporary
relocation of valet parking just west of its current location to make
way for new endoscopy, day surgery and pre-operation accommodations. Additional
improvements include renovation to the existing heart center and radiology
units, a new central plant, and a new kitchen and dining facilities.
Later phases of the project at CMC will include demolition of the west
tower and construction of a new tower to house women’s services
and a new main hospital entrance. The new women’s services floors
will feature labor and delivery and postpartum floors, relocated from
Covenant Children’s, and a neonatal intensive care unit.
Covenant’s commitment to excellence in health care extends beyond
the main medical campus.
Two new outpatient clinics will be constructed under the plan, including
one in northwest Lubbock that is set to break ground in April. The northwest
clinic will provide new space for six family practice physicians and an
attached urgent care area with shared x-ray and lab facilities.
This phase of the project is consistent with the transition to a more population
health-management approach to care, in which Covenant can deliver primary
care services closer to where residents live and work.
Covenant Hospital Plainview also has begun major renovations and expansions
to the surgery center, emergency department and patient rooms.
The final phase of Keeping the Covenant includes renovations to Covenant
Children’s. With the eventual move of women’s services to
the new tower at the CMC campus, Covenant Children’s will renovate
two floors dedicated to new administrative and support services. Improvements
to patient rooms and facilities are also planned, resulting in a modern,
dedicated facility providing advanced pediatric care. It will be the only
freestanding children’s hospital in the entire West Texas and Eastern
New Mexico region. Currently, Covenant Children’s is the region’s
only designated Pediatric Trauma Center.
Funding for the entire Keeping the Covenant project will total $450 million.
Current cash holdings and income from services provided will finance 90
percent of Covenant’s ambitious upgrade and expansion plan. The
remaining 10 percent will be funded through donations with fundraising
efforts beginning in 2016.
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