Medical City Plano (MCP) held a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting to mark the completion of the hospital’s $66 million dollar capital improvement project and opening of the expanded Neurosciences Program.
The project also included extensive renovation and expansion of the hospital’s south lobby and cafeteria, and updates to the building’s exterior.
In remarks, Charles Gressle, Medical City Plano’s chief executive officer, hailed the start of a new chapter for the department, which even before construction began was considered the region’s leader in the treatment of brain injuries and strokes.
“Building two new patient floors for our Neurosciences Program was at the top of our list when we started this project,” said Gressle. “With this additional 56,000 square feet and 68 new patient beds, the program secures its place among the largest of its kind anywhere in the nation.”
The comprehensive Neurosciences Program is, in fact, the largest in Texas. It can accommodate up to 34 ICU patients who suffer from complex neurological injuries or disorders that require 24-hour monitoring and specialized treatment. An additional 34 beds are set-aside for non-critical patients, and are situated in spacious new rooms that combine a soothing environment with the latest technology.
The number of patients receiving treatment at MCP for strokes, traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors, and other brain conditions has grown rapidly in recent years. Stroke patients alone accounted for more than 900 admissions to the hospital last year. An additional 545 patients were treated for trauma-related head injuries.
TMCP’s Neurosciences Program’s emergence as a center for referrals from throughout North Texas and southern Oklahoma can be attributed to a number of factors, including:
- MCP’s designation as the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in Collin, Denton, and Dallas counties. The title signifies that MCP is equipped with specialized technology that can extend the time window for successful stroke treatment to as long as 12 hours from the onset of symptoms;
- Stroke patients who come to MCP have a greater chance of being treated with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a potent blood thinner that quickly dissolves clots to minimize brain damage;
- MCP is the flagship stroke center in Collin County for the Texas Stroke Institute, a regional network of 11 hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area;
- MCP was the first hospital in Collin County to perform a minimally invasive, endovascular coiling procedure for patients with bleeding in the brain;
- MCP is the first in Collin County to use BrainSUITE, a sophisticated operating room that makes brain-tumor surgeries safer, less invasive, and more effective; and,
- MCP’s Level II Trauma Center – one of only a handful in North Texas – is fully equipped to care for brain and spinal cord injuries such as those resulting from falls and car accidents.