By Edward RiveraFebruary 4, 2020
The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed construction of the new William Beaumont Army Medical Center on Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, and will turn over the facility for the next phase of outfitting on February 20. This will continue the legacy of care for military personnel and their eligible family members and the surrounding community that began in 1921.
Increased population resulting from Army Base Realignment and Closure and Army Grow the Force initiatives required a modern medical campus for the provision of inpatient and outpatient care to the Fort Bliss beneficiary population.
Combining Quality Engineering, Quality Construction and Quality care principles, the facility will set a new bar in patient care and employee satisfaction. The best strategies in hospital construction and patient care such as Evidence-Based Design, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design guidelines, and the military's new gold standard for medical facilities, "World-Class design" were incorporated.
The new 1.1 million square-foot, world-class health-care campus consists of a seven-story hospital, five supporting buildings, including an in-patient clinic, out-patient clinic, administrative building, clinical investigation building and a central utility plant. The medical center will also include 135 hospital beds, 10 operating rooms, and 30 specialty clinics, thus replacing a facility that is nearing 50 years in age that is much smaller and located on a constrained site away from Fort Bliss major troop populations.
The team endeavored to incorporate state-of-the-art planning and design ideas to promote family and patient-centered care. Some of the features include highly absorbent ceiling tiles and flooring surfaces in addition to ceiling-mounted patient lifts to ease stress on the bodies of both patients and medical personnel which will help reduce injuries. All patient rooms are private, with space for family members, further supporting the theory that healing is faster when families can also assist patients.
Finishes, both exterior and interior will include native stone, as well as colors, patterns, and textures that are akin to the culture and geography of the area, and spacious windows allowing abundant light deep into the buildings. This also allows for nature and garden views along with the nearby Franklin Mountains.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proud to have been a part of delivering the New William Beaumont Army Medical Center to the Fort Bliss community. This project will have a significant positive impact on the military community in El Paso and the surrounding area and will help care providers deliver high quality healthcare to support our service members and their families for many years to come.