We made a promise. Now we are Keeping the Covenant.
Consistently ranked as a top-tier healthcare provider regionally, Covenant
Health is set to embark on a capital improvement project called “Keeping
the Covenant” to better serve the 1.2 million people of this region
and to bring the latest technology in medical care to the South Plains.
From humble roots planted in west Texas clay over 100 years ago, Covenant
Health continues a legacy of excellence in care.
Keeping the Covenant involves 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.
Construction at CMC begins with new kitchen and dining facilities for both
visitors and physicians. Valet parking will temporarily be relocated 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 and a new central plant.
Later expansion 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
Hospital, and a neonatal intensive care unit to serve newborns until their
mother is released.
Covenant’s commitment to excellence in health care extends beyond
the main medical campus. Two new clinics are to be constructed under this
plan, including one in northwest Lubbock that is set to break ground this
month. 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. Covenant Plainview Hospital has also 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 Hospital (CCH). With the move of women’s services
to the new tower of CMC, CCH will renovate three floors dedicated to new
administrative and support services. Improvements made to patient rooms
and facilities are also in the works.
Funding for the entire Keeping the Covenant project will total $445 million.
Current cash holdings and income from services provided will finance 90
percent of Covenant’s massive upgrade and expansion plan. The remaining
10 percent will be funded through donations with fundraising efforts beginning in 2016.
The founders of the early hospitals and clinics in Lubbock left a legacy
of quality health care in west Texas. With top-notch facilities and technology
Covenant Health is working to carry on that legacy for the next 100 years.
That’s our covenant and we’re keeping it.