Years ago, my husband and I moved to Plano, Texas, to raise our family. Back then we focused more on the schools than the hospitals, but between us and the kids we’ve had our share of emergency room experiences. So it’s made me more attuned to keeping up with the health care services in our area.
When I heard about the new Burn and Reconstructive Center of Texas opening at Medical City Plano in October, my reaction was a sense of community pride and appreciation knowing that for the first time this high-level, specialty care will be located right here in Collin County. After all, this is the sixth most populous county in Texas and one of the fastest growing counties in Texas and the United States.
In Texas, more than 2,500 hospitalizations for fire and burn injuries were reported in 2013. Of the state’s six burn care facilities, three are around Houston, one is in Lubbock, and one is a military facility. Until now, the only burn center in North Texas is Parkland Hospital near downtown Dallas.
The Burn and Reconstructive Center of Texas is a welcome addition to advance our regional medical services so that critical burn patients can receive leading edge care closer to home. Staffing the center will be a highly qualified team of surgeons, nurses and therapists certified and trained in critical burn and advanced wound care for adults. The burn center will serve patients from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana.
Here are a few facts about Medical City Plano and the expansion:
- It ranks among the top hospitals in Texas and Dallas-Fort Worth by U.S. News & World Report, 2015-2016 ratings.
- It’s the only Level 2 Trauma Center in Collin County and pursuing accreditation as a Level 1 Trauma Center – the highest level of trauma care available.
- The Burn Center is in collaboration with JMS Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia, a widely respected pioneer in burn care treatment.
- The $10 million, 20,000 square foot addition to the hospital includes –
- A specially equipped trauma room
- Two operating rooms
- Eight-bed intensive care unit
- Step down unit for inpatient care
- Six-room outpatient burn clinic for short and long-term rehabilitation
- Special climate controls to regulate temperature and humidity for burn patients
The investment in the Burn and Reconstructive Center of Texas demonstrates Medical City Plano’s commitment to providing exceptional health care and to growing with the needs of North Texas. The hospital is located at West 15th Street and Coit Road, less than 2 miles north of the President George Bush Turnpike and less than 8 miles south of the Sam Rayburn Turnpike.
I’ll be watching for more information when the new Burn and Reconstruction Center of Texas opens in October.
Watch burn patient and helicopter crash survivor Brendan Mullen explain why he traveled from Montana to continue his treatment at the Burn and Reconstructive Centers of Texas at Medical City Plano with his plastic and reconstructive burn surgeon Dr. Salil Gulati.
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