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December 3, 2013

St. Joseph to Build New Emergency & Trauma Center

After being designated the region’s highest level trauma center, St. Joseph Health System is now investing more than $20 million into a new facility to house our trauma program.  Called the St. Joseph Emergency and Trauma Center (ETC), the St. Joseph ETC will be built on the campus of our Bryan hospital, St. Joseph Regional Health Center.

The number of trauma patients St. Joseph cares for has steadily increased since our Level II Trauma Center designation.  In addition, according to CDC data, St. Joseph’s emergency department cares for patients more acutely ill than national averages.

The new, larger facility will improve patient flow and reduce wait time.  St. Joseph’s ETC will also be strategically designed for specialized, clinical teams to deliver personalized care.


Dr. Brandon Lewis, VP of Medical Affairs and Medical Director of Emergency Services at St. Joseph.
Photo courtesy of The Eagle

“Different patients have different needs,” said Kathleen R. Krusie, CEO of St. Joseph Regional Health Center.  “The design of the new Emergency & Trauma Center will allow clinicians to treat patients in a setting that is more comfortable and private.  The new facility will also make the team even more efficient when treating serious incidents such as stroke, heart attack, auto accidents and head and fall injuries, all of which are a race against the clock when treating.”

“We have been working on building the trauma program and now we need the physical space to accommodate our increasing trauma volume,” said Adair de Berry-Carlisle, D.O., F.A.C.O.S., medical director of the Level II Trauma Program at St. Joseph Regional Health Center.

St. Joseph will finalize design of the new facility in early 2014, though renderings of what the ETC could look like are available.  Construction will start in the spring and is expected to finish by mid-2015.

St. Joseph’s New Emergency & Trauma Center (ETC) will:

  • Double our current size
    • This will provide a comfortable environment that will allow us to serve patients in larger, private rooms – with more space for loved ones patients want nearby in an emergency.
    • Our current emergency department is undersized for the number of patients we see on a daily basis.
      • Include more parking and a second helipad
  • Address the needs of behavioral health patients seeking emergency care
    • St. Joseph is not licensed to provide in-patient psychiatric care; these patients must be stabilized and transferred.  The shortage of local in-patient psychiatric beds sometimes creates extended wait times.  Our new ETC will include rooms with safety measures specifically for these patients.
  • Provide more space to support our EMS partners.
    • St. Joseph Regional Health Center receives ambulance transports from more than 15 counties across the Brazos Valley. On average, our Emergency and Trauma Center receives 1.4 patients per hour by ambulance or just over 33 patients by ambulance every day.  Our new ETC will include a private workspace for EMS staff to finish paperwork.
  • Dedicated areas for specific patient populations
  • Better connectivity to the main hospital
    • Over the years, St. Joseph has made modest renovations to handle continual increases in patient volume.  During one of the renovations, the public connecting corridor to the main hospital was removed to allow the ER to expand.  Convenient access from the ER to the rest of our campus is part of the new building’s plan.
February 19, 2013

CEO: Pray for Firefighters & Families – and ER Staff

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For decades, St. Joseph team members have worked side by side with the Bryan Fire Department.  So closely, that nurses, doctors and staff from our Emergency Department consider these firefighters co-workers and friends.  In late August, that partnership was extended when one of our emergency physicians, Dr. Aaron Buzzard, was named Medical Director at BFD.  Last week, when representatives from the American College of Surgeons were on-site to review our trauma program, Bryan Firefighters were here to show support.

This weekend’s tragedy deeply affected many at our hospital.  The following memo was set to team members over the weekend from St. Joseph CEO, Odette Bolano.  We thought it might be appropriate to share:

Many of you have likely heard about the tragic death of two Bryan firefighters and the critical injuries two other firefighters sustained late Friday night while working to extinguish a large fire in Bryan. Our heart goes out to the family and friends of all four, and they are in our prayers during this most difficult time. I would also ask that we remember to keep in our prayers our St. Joseph Emergency Department team members who regularly worked with all four of the firefighters.

While this tragedy overshadows the success we had last week during our Trauma survey, the two have a connection. For years our ER staff, trauma team and many others have been working very hard in preparing for an increase in our trauma capabilities. Based on information from Dr. Brandon Lewis, our Emergency Department Medical Director, there’s little doubt that those preparations paid off on Friday night. We received the critically ill firefighters, performed several emergency procedures on each of them and quickly transferred three firefighters out to the burn center at UTBM Galveston. The ER team functioned extremely well in a very emotional situation and I commend them for the extraordinary job they did under the most difficult of circumstances.

While we are ever hopeful that our community will be spared from tragedies such as these, this is a solemn reminder of why we work to be prepared and have the resources available to meet the medical needs our community every moment of every day. Thank you for your dedication to our health care ministry.

With warmest regards,

Odette Bolano, RN, MHA, FACHE

President and CEO

St Joseph Health System