The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the process for six months, but Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco opened a $10 million sixth-floor expansion this week that includes the addition of 24 beds and high-tech features.
The 15,000-square-foot expansion houses what hospital officials call a progressive care unit and was included in the hospital’s five-year plan before the pandemic swept the nation, said Brad Crye, vice president and chief operating officer. The addition increases the number of beds in the hospital from 236 to 260.
“In addition to providing an overall increase in capacity, this new unit will help improve the patient experience, elevating our hospital’s ability to address the ever-changing care needs of our community,” Crye said.
The hospital’s executive offices, which had been on the sixth floor since the facility opened in April 2009, moved to the second floor to make room for the new unit. While the hospital system has since added the adjacent McClinton Cancer Center and Ted And Sue Getterman Sports and Orthopedic Center, the expansion marks the first for the main hospital building, Crye said.
“This latest investment helps ensure we will continue to be well prepared to serve this evolving community,” Charles Williams, president of Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest, said in a statement.