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Covenant Health Unveils $450 Million Building, Renovations Plan

Covenant Health Unveils $450 Million Building, Renovations Plan

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 Mexico region.

“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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CONTACT: Kelly McDaniel, vice president, Support Services, (806) 725-0057 or; or Dan Pope, chief development officer, (806) 725-0569 or

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