Ennis Regional Medical Center is gearing up for their open house this upcoming weekend, which will showcase their new $35 million facility.

The facility, which is actually opening earlier than expected, was not hampered by the wet weather the area has experienced this year.

“Everyone has been working very hard and we have had great timing. The foundation was poured in the dry season and during the cold and wet weather we have experienced, the workers were able to be inside making progress, instead of waiting out the elements,” said Daniel McLean, ERMC Chief Executive Officer.

The new facility has been an ongoing project between the city of Ennis and the hospital administration but has also received tremendous support from the public.

“We are very excited to have this time for the community to see this tremendous new facility. The leaders and residents of the Ennis area are so supportive of the hospital and we felt it was important to let them get the first chance to see our new ‘home.’ This open house will also allow the public to be in parts of the hospital, such as the surgery department, that they will not be able to see once the hospital is opened.”

The project has been a huge undertaking for both the hospital administration and the city of Ennis and means a new standard of healthcare for the community.

“The construction of the new Ennis hospital is the single, most important project undertaken by the city of Ennis since the city's founding. The new hospital will ensure quality health care for Ennis citizens for decades to come and will serve as a catalyst for economic development that will result in more than $100 million in direct and indirect economic benefit to the economy on an annual basis.

The citizens of Ennis deserve quality health care and should expect the very best health care from the new Ennis Regional Medical Center,” said Ennis City Manager Steve Howerton.

The 102,000 square foot building will open with 60 beds in all private rooms and will also feature several specialty services including an on site helicopter service available to transport patients at a moment’s notice, which could literally be the difference between life and death. The time saved could be spent with medical staff capable of handling the situation and not in transit. The new facility was built with easy access to the heli-pad from both the emergency room and the operating room, decreasing the time spent preparing for transition.

Other features the hospital has added include:

- Added beds in the emergency room bringing the housing capacity up to 10 with 24-hour physician staffing.

- The radiology department will feature new equipment that will allow physicians more precise and detailed images.

- Four surgical units and a 12-bed outpatient care unit allowing a wider range of services offered on an outpatient basis.

- A six bed intensive care unit will offer life supporting care for critically ill patients.

- Prenatal care that features four large suites that can accommodate the patient’s family.

- Rehabilitation services will include speech, physical and heart therapy, an outdoor therapy courtyard and stroke rehab.

- A women’s center dedicated to provide treatment to all stages of a woman’s life.

The physicians at ERMC represent a wide range of specialized medicine and offer the same quality care received at larger facilities.

“We would like to remind the community that excellent health care is available right here at home. Our doctors and nurses went to the same schools as those in other areas and took the same tests, the difference is when you come to your hometown hospital, it is family taking care of family instead of being just a number,” said McLean.

Guided tours of the facility will be hosted by hospital staff and administration and will be held this Saturday, July 14 from 4-7 pm at the new location on W. Lampasas Street near the Highway 287 Bypass.

Refreshments will be available, country music star Janie Fricke will be on hand and supervised children’s activities such as facing painting and a petting zoo will be offered.

The facility will officially open July 23, with the emergency room opening on July 21.