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March 22, 2013

Hospital’s new CEO meets with board for first time

Orcutt gives updates on stages of various hospital projects

By CHRISTIN COYNE

Weatherford Regional Medical Center’s new CEO, David Orcutt, introduced himself to the Parker County Hospital District board of directors Thursday afternoon and updated them on various projects the hospital is pursuing.

Orcutt, the CEO of Community Health System’s Granbury hospital, who began in Weatherford last month, said they have many projects in the works.

One of those projects is renovating portions of the hospital.

“We’re in the middle of deciding what we’re going to do with that second and third floor,” Orcutt said, adding that they have engaged an architectural firm out of Arlington.

“The walk-through we had done with them, they pretty much advised us that we’re going to be wiping those floors clean,” Orcutt said. “Sometimes they’ll like to reuse walls and keep the plumbing where it was, but just the size of the rooms and the layouts ... we just need to wipe it clean. Have a nice clean floor, outside walls and redesign from there.”

“We’re deciding what to do with those,” Orcutt said. “We’re considering really any kind of acute inpatient service.”

They are looking at the need in the county for services, according to Orcutt.

“Some of these units we’re maxing out once in a while,” Orcutt said. “During the winter this year, we actually had to use a couple of the old rooms. We used them as privates and we’d renovated them before we got into them. We know we’re going to need a little more medical-surgical going on. We’re trying to look forward five years and see what we need as far as critical care ... or other [services].”

Another project is going a little faster, according to Orcutt.

They’ve engaged a local interior designer to redo the women’s services area of the hospital, addressing everything from the waiting area, patient rooms and bathrooms to the operating room if necessary.

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