Baylor Scott & White Medical Center—Plano opens expanded critical care unit

Baylor Scott and White Medical Centeru2014Plano opened its expanded critical care unit Thursday, July 13.

Baylor Scott and White Medical Centeru2014Plano opened its expanded critical care unit Thursday, July 13.

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center—Plano opened an expansion to its critical care unit on Thursday.

The expanded unit will complement the hospital’s new brain and spine center, and service patients undergoing brain, spine and epilepsy monitoring, according to a news release. The unit has expanded from 16 beds to a total of 32 beds, four of which are dedicated to brain and spine patients, company spokesperson Kayci Prince said.

“Our community has indicated they want to have these highly specialized services available here in Plano,” Baylor Scott & White–Plano President Jerri Garison said in the news release. “We built a strong team of physicians and specialty certified nurses to care for patients with these complex neurological and neurosurgical diseases.”

Some of the services offered by the new brain and spine center are brain tumor surgery, movement disorder and epilepsy treatment and spine surgeries, according to the release. The hospital's expansion is not over yet, with its Cancer Health and Wellness center set to open sometime in August, Prince said.

The additions to Baylor Scott & White’s Plano location come during a time of leadership change for the Dallas-based hospital chain. Current President and CEO Jim Hinton announced July 10 that Pete McCanna, Northwestern Medical president and chief operating officer, will assume the role as Baylor Scott & White’s president effective mid-September.

“I am honored to join Baylor Scott & White, a leading organization, and its talented leadership team,” McCanna said in the statement. “The system is well positioned to become one of the top integrated delivery networks in the country, and I’m excited to help advance its strategy to that end.”

By Gavin Pugh
Gavin has reported for Community Impact Newspaper since June 2017. His beat has included Dallas Area Rapid Transit, public and higher education, school and municipal governments and more. He now serves as the editor of the Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake edition.


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