EL PASO, TEXAS, USA KMD assisted El Paso County’s conversion of the former Thomason General Hospital into an academic teaching hospital for the recently established Texas Tech University Paul Foster School of Medicine and the flagship for an ambitious city redevelopment project, the Medical Center of the Americas. In addition, KMD envisioned, planned and designed the new El Paso Children’s Hospital. Fitting the hospital on the very small available site opened the opportunity to create a large pavilion to combine services for women and children into one, eleven story building with two distinct entrances and circulation systems.
The Phase I Children’s Hospital of 90 acute care and 50 NICU beds is planned for expansion beyond 200 beds, has its own Surgery Imaging, Emergency, Laboratory and Pharmacy departments but shares support services with University Medical Center. Primary and Specialty Clinics will occupy an existing free-standing office building and will be complemented by additional clinics within a new pediatric and obstetrics pavilion on the campus of the Paul Foster School of Medicine within the Texas Tech University Health Sciences campus.