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TMF unveils state of the art heart hospital in Tyler

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) – On October 5, Louis and Peaches Owen made a record philanthropic donation of $18 million to Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, to help construct the area's first stand alone  heart hospital. On Tuesday, hospital officials unveiled the completion of Phase One of The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, which is located in the Ornelas Tower.

Phase one is a new Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) with twenty-four private rooms for care of cardiac patients. This unit employs the modified universal bed model, allowing all aspects of pre and post-operative cardiac care to be delivered in one room, including all nursing and technology resources necessary for the highest level of care. As patients progress through the healing process, the resources of the patient's room flex to meet the needs of the patient, rather than asking the patient to move through different units of the hospital. Families are encourages to participate in the healing process through an environment that facilitates 24-hour visitation and, if patient and family wish, comfortable overnight accommodations for a family member in the patent room.

Phase two of The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, will be completed is slated to begin in the spring of 2011, and should take 18 months to complete. The Heart Hospital will be six stories, include comprehensive cardiac, thoracic, and vascular services and stand east of and adjacent to Mother Frances hospital. It will connect to the main hospital in several locations, allowing specialists and clinical personnel to easily access both buildings. 

"We wanted to see what the best in the county were offering and they were generous enough to allow us to visit and learn from their programs," said Ray Thompson. "I am happy to say that Phase One and Phase Two of the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, when completed, will combine to offer patients from east Texas and across the United States, the best that cardiac care can offer."

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