On Tuesday, February 10th, the MedStar Team held a community open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for our brand new headquarters facility.
The event was attended by over 300 community leaders, employees and their family members, and local media. Area elected officials, fire and police chiefs, the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and MedStar Board members joined MedStar Executive Director, Doug Hooten, for the ceremonial ribbon (“Triage Area” scene tape) cutting.
“This incredible facility is a demonstration of MedStar’s commitment to our community, the 15 member cities who are part of the MedStar system, and most importantly to our 450 Team members who work tirelessly to bring word class emergency and mobile healthcare services to every patient we serve” explained Mr. Hooten in his comments to the participants.
Participating in the ceremony was Mr. Bob Terrell, the Fort Worth Assistant City Manager who worked with EMS Industry Innovators such as Jack Stout in 1985 to create the MedStar Public Utility Model system. Mr. Terrell was presented with a framed copy of the original City Council documents from December 1985 that he developed for approval and a Star Vision Award for his vision of a better EMS system than they had in 1985.
MedStar had occupied the same 28,000 square foot facility on 3 acres since its inception in 1986, when 150 employees operating 20 ambulances responded to 39,000 calls. The new facility is an 85,000 square foot facility on 10 acres and will support MedStar’s 450 employees, with 56 ambulances responding to 115,000 requests for service.
The facility cost $12 million for acquisition and renovation using no tax dollars for the project. The facility includes 5 full service maintenance bays, extensive training and education space in 5 full service classrooms (including a simulation lab and recording studio), a full gym with locker rooms and dedicated space for an on-site clinic.
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Mr. Terrell receives the Star Vision Award and framed documents creating MedStar.
Elected and appointed city officials join MedStar Executive Director, Doug Hooten, for the Ribbon Cutting.
Flags at "The STAR" reflected in the headquarters windows.
Guests tour the maintenance and logistics bays.
Lobby of "The STAR" as over 300 guests begin to arrive.
The sun sets over "The STAR" as the event winds down.
*Photos courtesy of Bob Strickland Photography.
Posted on Wed, February 11, 2015
by Matt Zavadsky