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Medical Center of Lewisville breaks ground on new emergency department

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Medical Center of Lewisville (MCL) recently broke ground on a new $17 million 24-bed Emergency Department. Scheduled to open in October, 2015, the 16,000 square-foot addition will be constructed adjacent to the existing structure.

“This new Emergency Department will enhance the quality of patient care, increase efficiency, and support the exceptional quality that is consistent with our high service standards,” said Ashley McClellan, Chief Executive Officer at Medical Center of Lewisville.

As the community surrounding the hospital continues to grow, the current Emergency Department has seen a significant increase in volume. ER visits in 2010 were just under 41,000 but grew to more than 46,000 in 2012.

In the last two years, Medical Center of Lewisville has expanded services, placing an even greater demand on the ER. Expanded Cardiovascular Services (including open heart surgeries) began in July 2012. The hospital became Stroke accredited in August 2012, and received Level IV Trauma Designation in June 2014.

“This construction will support our high-acuity services including trauma and stroke,” said Carl Menckhoff, MD, Medical Director of Emergency Services. “This is the last piece needed to make Medical Center of Lewisville stand out as the world-class facility that it is.”

The new Emergency Department will include a separate entrance and exam rooms for pediatric patients. The hospital is the only facility in Denton County to have a Level III NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) and dedicated pediatric services, ensuring some of the best care for the smallest of patients. In addition, MCL has a pediatric hospitalist program and partners with Medical City Children’s Hospital to provide the highest level of pediatric care.

In 2013, the hospital received the Texas Hospital Association’s Bill Aston Quality Award for patient flow and Emergency Department throughput. On average, patients are seen within 12 minutes of arrival.

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