RPMH undergoing renovations
While working to improve the lives of so many in Nolan County, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) is receiving some vital help as well. The hospital has recently launched a renovation project that will increase the hospital’s energy efficiency and improve the medical/surgical wing. “A lot has changed in the way buildings consume energy since our facility was first built more than 36 years ago,” said Donna Boatright, administrator of RPMH. “The impact of our renovations not only lowers our energy use, but also enhances our patients’ experience at our facility.” The nearly $4 million project has been implanted into two phases; the first of which has already been completed. Phase I of the project is part of an energy services performance contract (ESPC) that will upgrade inefficient building systems to provide adequate return on investment through lower energy consumption. Critical hospital systems such as heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC); water; fire alarm suppression system; and lighting systems are being replaced. The $2.2 million upgrade will be paid for over a 15-year period from utility savings. Since the project is guaranteed, if savings aren’t met, they will be covered by the contractor. The hospital also received a grant from Oncor to cover old equipment that was not energy efficient. The second phase of the project includes renovations to the medical/surgical wing. The project is being funded with monies received through the federal government because the RPMH has met criteria for meaningful use for electronic health records. Demolition of the existing nurse’s station, ceilings, floors, bathrooms, and fixtures in the medical surgical wings of the hospital have already begun. Modified air supply and return and updated electrical equipment will be installed and finished with improved work stations for hospital team members and improved hardware and décor. More than 40 patient rooms will be impacted by the renovations as six existing rooms will be modified to comply with Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards. In addition, 37 patient rooms will incorporate a complete bathroom enhancement. The upgraded rooms will add conveniences for both the patient and their guests. According to Boatright, the new rooms will make patients feel more comfortable during their stay. In addition, all four of the hospital’s medical surgical corridors will be enhanced with new air supply and return grilles, lighting layout, as well as new ceilings and flooring. “The updates in our facility are much needed, and patients will especially feel the difference,” said Rosa Best, chief nursing officer at RPMH. “These renovations will not only provide our nurses with an improved work station, but our patients will also benefit with the room modifications.” RPMH was built in 1976 with a trauma center expansion in 2005. All work associated with ESPC project will be performed in the original 35-year-old building. About Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital provides healthcare for those in the communities they serve. Founded in 1976, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital offers a wealth of medical services including: 24 hour emergency care, advanced radiology services including CT scanning and MRIs, outpatient lab, physical therapy, surgical services, swing bed services, patient education, home health and assistive services, and more. For additional information, please visit www.rpmh.net.