The newest branch of Bellville Medical Center, Tri-County Emergency Room, opened Monday morning at 1036 North Circle Drive, Suite 102 in Sealy.
The facility saw its first patient just before 10 a.m. according to Marie Schobel, Emergency Department Director and Nurse Manager for Bellville Medical Center.
“It’s been a lot of planning, we’ve got great teamwork from our time in Bellville and we’ve had a lot of support,” Schobel said.
She said Tri-County ER’s entire management group, as well as much of the base staff, transferred from BMC’s main campus.
“I think the community’s excited about that, a lot of us have been around Bellville a long time and it was kind of just a natural move to start here,” Schobel said.
BMC announced at the end of April that a branch would soon be extending to Sealy and Schobel said once the decision was finalized it was a quick turnaround.
“It’s something we’ve been working on and moving toward and then once it was a go, wow it was a quick go,” Schobel said. “But it’s all worked out and it wouldn’t have been without the team we have in this short period of time.”
Both Schobel and Romans confirmed Medicare and Medicaid patients would be accepted at Tri-County ER for anything from heart attacks to stroke to trauma while being equipped with x-ray machines and CT scans as well as specially trained doctors and nurses around the clock.
“I’m excited that this is a good facility, we have what we need here so I think it’s just going to take the time for the community to understand that we can take care of you here,” Schobel said. “This is an emergency room; you can come here instead of having to drive to Bellville or Katy to get emergency care.”
Although the building and parking lot is shared with Dr. Kannappan Krishnaswamy, owner of the Medical Clinics of Sealy and Sealy Urgent Care, Schobel said Tri-County ER is an extension of Bellville Medical Center and it would be no different if one of Dr. K’s patients showed up at Tri-County of Bellville ER.
“We are a campus of Bellville Medical Center, this is basically the same ER it’s just in a different place,” Schobel said. “Dr. K has privileges to send a patient to the ER in Bellville just like he could here if he needs to. We will have some opportunity to keep patients that need a short hospital stay and don’t need a long in-patient admission. Any physician that has admission privileges within our system can utilize that and send their patients here to get evaluated.”
Schobel closed by saying the staff is excited to see familiar faces and expects plenty of traffic.
“I know it will take a little bit of time for everyone to understand that we’re here for them and what we can do but I’m not concerned about it because I know we’re going to be able to take good care of everybody just like we do in Bellville,” Schobel said. “I think we’re probably going to be busy taking care of people, this is a busy area. I’m looking forward to it and everyone’s looking forward to the fact that we’re able to be here.”