Health Care, Research Make Temple, TX a Healthy Community

On Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 08:29

Temple residents enjoy quality health care at multiple medical facilities. The city is also home to the Temple Health & Bioscience District, which is focused on developing and creating health and bioscience/biotechnology opportunities in Temple.

Scott & White Memorial Hospital

Ranked among the Thomson 100 Top Hospitals in the country seven years in a row, Scott & White Memorial Hospital is the largest multispeciality practice in the Texas.

While the hospital has several locations and partners throughout Central Texas, the Temple campus is the most expansive, providing a 636-bed Level I trauma center, a 50-bed long-term acute care hospital and a 150-bed acute care hospital.

In addition, Scott & White employs some 7,700 people in the region and its Temple operations include a campus for the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

King's Daughters Hospital

Established more than 100 years ago, King's Daughters Hospital will soon be the home of The Children's Hospital, Scott & White Healthcare.

The facility will offer a 64-bed pediatric facility with 48 inpatient private rooms and 16 pediatric ICU rooms. In addition, the hospital will include high-tech surgical suites, a 12-bed Pediatric Emergency Department and broad-based laboratory services.

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

Located in Killeen, Texas at Fort Hood, what began as the Darnall Army Community Hospital in 1965 is now known as the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

The medical center offers 128 surgical beds and bassinets and typically handles 3,867 outpatient visits, 26 surgeries, 31 admissions and 170 Emergency Room visits each day.

Olin E. Teague Veterans Center

Also serving the military, the Olin E. Teague Veterans Center provides one medical center in Temple, as well as a domiciliary and a nursing home.

The Temple campus offers primary, tertiary and long-term care in a variety of areas including medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care.

The domiciliary includes 408 beds, and the State Veterans Home provides 160 beds. In addition, the Temple campus is the only one with an Emergency Room that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Temple Health & Bioscience District

In 2003, the Temple Health & Bioscience District was created by the Texas Legislature to help the community generate additional bioscience opportunities, such as the Texas Bioscience Institute, which provides bioscience-related career skills training for high school and college students.

Acquisition of a 500-acre tract, what became the Health and Bioscience Park at Central Pointe, allowed the district to accommodate a number of bioscience-related assets, says Lee Peterson, Temple Economic Development Corp. president.

The park includes a 500,000-square-foot facility that houses Scott & White Cancer Research Institute and the Texas Bioscience Institute, among others.