September 20, 2010
The Texas Department of State Health Services along with state and local
officials will unveil the new Texas Center for Infectious Disease (TCID)
facility in San Antonio. The $36 million 75-bed freestanding hospital replaces
the existing aged facilities.
||10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22. Tour of facility will follow the
||Texas Center for Infectious Disease
2303 SE Military
Dr. David Lakey, commissioner, Texas
Department of State Health Services
Sen. Carlos Uresti, Senate District
Jim Elkins, hospital director, TCID
Dr. David Griffith, medical
director, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
Seaworth, medical director, Heartland National TB Center
||The Texas Center for Infectious Disease is a public health
facility of the Texas Department of State Health Services for the treatment of
tuberculosis. TCID treats some of the most complicated tuberculosis patients in
the state. Inpatient stays range from three months to more than two years, with
an average stay of six months.
The new facility will provide treatment for up to 75 patients diagnosed with
tuberculosis. It replaces the 57-year-old building at 2303 SE Military Drive in
San Antonio. The 65,000-square-foot facility, financed with revenue bonds, is
the largest new construction project in the country for the purpose of inpatient
care and treatment for tuberculosis patients.
Each patient room now has the capability to create negative air pressure to
maintain the flow of air into the room, which keeps contaminants and pathogens
from reaching surrounding areas. Patients will be transferred from the old TCID
building to the new facility in mid-October.
The new facility features energy-efficient air conditioning, heating and
water. Four day rooms, large TVs, a walking trail, and outside patios are fenced
for patient use.
TCID serves approximately 120 patients a year.
(News Media Contact: Christine Mann, DSHS
Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7511)
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