Travelers and airport employees now will have access to an emergency room facility at Dallas Fort Worth Airport, making it the first U.S. airport to have one.
There also will be a 1,700-square-foot urgent care clinic at Terminal D, next to III Forks Steakhouse, that offers access to low-cost and non-emergency services.
The cost to construct the freestanding facility is an estimated $3.6 million, with an additional $850,000 for the Terminal D location.
“We want them to be treated with the right acuity level, at the right time and at the right cost setting.”
Dr. Carrie de Moor
Dr. Carrie de Moor, the chain’s chief executive officer, said that since the airport property is the size of Manhattan, it makes sense to have services available, and they will be made available 24-7.
“We want them to be treated with the right acuity level, at the right time and at the right cost setting,” de Moor told the Dallas Morning News. “That’s the best model for patients, not just health-care-wise, but financially too.”
The Code 3 ER facility will be able to stabilize patients with the medical events likely to be experienced by passengers, such as a stroke or seizure, or diabetic coma.
The facility will have a CT scanner, ultrasound and X-ray machines, and be capable of lab testing. There also will be observation rooms for those who need to be admitted short-term.
The ground-breaking for the new addition will be in mid-April.
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