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State Unveils New Facility for Texas Center for Infectious Disease

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Media Advisory
September 20, 2010

WHAT:

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.

WHEN: 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22. Tour of facility will follow the presentation.
WHERE: Texas Center for Infectious Disease
2303 SE Military Drive
San Antonio
WHO: Speakers include:
Dr. David Lakey, commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services
Sen. Carlos Uresti, Senate District 19
Jim Elkins, hospital director, TCID
Dr. David Griffith, medical director, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
Dr. Barbara Seaworth, medical director, Heartland National TB Center
HISTORY: 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.

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(News Media Contact: Christine Mann, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7511)

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Last updated December 27, 2013