Clip courtesy USACE Fort Worth District
The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed construction of the new William Beaumont Army Medical Center on Fort Bliss and will turn over the facility for the next phase of outfitting on February 20.
This will continue the legacy of care for military personnel and their eligible family members and the surrounding community that began in 1921.
Increased population resulting from Army Base Realignment and Closure and Army Grow the Force initiatives required a modern medical campus for the provision of inpatient and outpatient care to the Fort Bliss beneficiary population.
Combining Quality Engineering, Quality Construction and Quality care principles, the facility will set a new bar in patient care and employee satisfaction. The best strategies in hospital construction and patient care such as Evidence-Based Design, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design guidelines, and the military’s new gold standard for medical facilities, “World-Class design” were incorporated.
The new 1.1 million square-foot, world-class health-care campus consists of a seven-story hospital, five supporting buildings, including an in-patient clinic, out-patient clinic, administrative building, clinical investigation building and a central utility plant.
The medical center will also include 135 hospital beds, 10 operating rooms, and 30 specialty clinics, thus replacing a facility that is nearing 50 years in age that is much smaller and located on a constrained site away from Fort Bliss major troop populations.
According to Corps officials, the team “endeavored to incorporate state-of-the-art planning and design ideas to promote family and patient-centered care.”
Some of the features include highly absorbent ceiling tiles and flooring surfaces in addition to ceiling-mounted patient lifts to ease stress on the bodies of both patients and medical personnel which will help reduce injuries. All patient rooms are private, with space for family members, further supporting the theory that healing is faster when families can also assist patients.
Finishes, both exterior and interior will include native stone, as well as colors, patterns, and textures that are akin to the culture and geography of the area, and spacious windows allowing abundant light deep into the buildings. This also allows for nature and garden views along with the nearby Franklin Mountains.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proud to have been a part of delivering the New William Beaumont Army Medical Center to the Fort Bliss community. This project will have a significant positive impact on the military community in El Paso and the surrounding area and will help care providers deliver high quality healthcare to support our service members and their families for many years to come.
Video courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Southwestern Division
Fort Worth District’s Brad Hartell, construction manager, for the new William Beaumont Army Medical Center on Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas has as sit down interview with Brittany Scruggs, public affairs specialist with the Fort Worth District.
Intro Narration: William Beaumont Army Medical Center will be comprised of 10 operating rooms and will have 30 specialty clinics to include women’s health services, behavioral health, physical and occupational therapy, gastroenterology, oncology, hematology, general surgery family medicine vascular surgery, plastic surgery and more. Project will also include a full array of imaging services, inpatient and outpatient pharmacy, laboratory, patient administration, logistics, dining facility, administration and limited retail. Project additionally supports 15 graduate medical education nursing and enlisted training programs.
Brittany Scruggs: Hi; can you tell me your name and what you do?
Brad Hartell: My name is Brad Hartell; I am the construction manager for the Fort Bliss replacement hospital project.
BS: Ok; why did DoD decide to replace the old hospital?
BH: The existing William Beaumont hospital is over 40 years old it’s on a constraint site separate from Fort Bliss proper. So the desire was to get a new medical complex with a capacity-the appropriate capacity for the amount of soldiers on base closer to the soldier family population.
BS: OK; what will set this one apart from other hospitals in the country?
BH: So this is a world-class medical facility complex. It has the capability of serving both inpatient and outpatient; for that reason it’s very efficient for the soldiers and their families. It is just a fabulous fine complex that’s going to be delivered here.
BS: OK; what are some of the biggest challenges you faced along the way with the project and then how if you been able to overcome them?
BH: So a facility like this within the government is considered what we call a megaproject. It is so huge; that’s why it gets that classification. And with that comes complexity because of the size. Additionally because it is a medical facility there is significant complexities with regard to design and construction associated with that. So throughout the life of the project we have had design revisions that the team has determined we needed to incorporate to make sure that we got the facility right. The project delivery team was very committed, has been very committed, to work together to overcome those challenges.
BS: OK; do you have any final remarks that you want to let our audience know about the Fort Bliss replacement project?
BH: So, again, there’s been just a tremendous amount of effort put into this project. We’ve had a great team of professionals working on it, and tradesmen working on it. The motto of our team has always been one team-one mission building a world class medical hospital complex for our soldiers and families. We’ve just always maintained that focus-delivering a high-quality product for our families and soldiers. I’m proud to be part of this project.
BS: Awesome! Well thank you so much, Brad, for taking time to discuss the William Beaumont Fort Bliss replacement hospital project and I know the community is looking forward to seeing the final product.