Coryell Health holds re-groundbreaking ceremony after hospital explosion


It’s been almost one year since the deadly explosion at Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville.

The tragic event left three people dead and injured 15 others.

But, on Tuesday, Coryell Health looked to the future with a re-groundbreaking ceremony.

“Still not a day goes by that we dont think of the victims and why we are having to do the things we are doing today, but I think the best thing that we can do for everybody is to move forward,” said Carly Latham, Director of Marketing at Coryell Health.

It was  bittersweet day for the staff of Coryell Health, this time last year they were preparing for their grand opening.

“We did our groundbreaking in 2016, however June 26th we did have our explosion which just stopped everything,” said Diedra Wuenschel, Chief of Staff at Coryell Memorial Hospital.

Tuesday’s groundbreaking comes with new hopes for the future, as Skiles Group takes over as the hospitals new construction partner.

“Obviously the explosion was a tragic event and a horrible accident that occured, it also created some troubling issues as we continued to work with our original general contractor and on October 3rd they left the job site,” said David Byrom, CEO of Coryell Health.

That means, construction is starting back up.

“We’re hoping to get some of the other things that were close to being opened very quickly, like I said the rehab wing, the cafeteria, we’re hoping to get those up and running so that we can get some people moving back through the facility like we were in the past,” said Wuenschel.

All, to get the hospital completed as soon as possible.

“Our staff has been waiting for a long time and actually all of them have worked really hard to get us where we are,” said Latham.

The $42 million Renovation & Expansion Project covers approximately 117,000 square feet throughout the health system campus, located in Gatesville, Texas.

The project will:

• Add a 25-bed, two story hospital to the campus

• Add a 16-bed medical therapy wing to RehabLiving at The Meadows

• Add 2 operating rooms and renovate 2 existing operating rooms

• Convert existing hospital rooms into Assisted & Independent Living at The Oaks residences

Incremental ribbon cuttings will occur in phases over the coming year. The first anticipated grand opening will be the cafeteria and dining facility, which is expected to open during May.

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