When it opened in 1933, Plains Memorial Hospital was the first hospital in Castro County, Texas. Housed on the second floor of the First State Bank, the privately held hospital served the community with a total of 10 beds.
Today, Plains Memorial Hospital continues to serve the community and has expanded to include a 48-room and 12-assisted living apartment, free-standing senior living facility.
The layout of the facility is arranged in separate wings to house the different levels of care each wing provides to the residents. The layout allows a more community-oriented atmosphere for the residents, and with only 12 residents per wing, it allows the staff to provide more personal care. All the wings are connected with a central corridor that provides an efficient flow throughout the facility. The facility offers a mixture of private and semiprivate rooms, each with a private bathroom and transfer-type shower.
Residents and visitors can enter the facility under cover of the large drop-off canopy. Upon entering the facility, the visitor is greeted by the reception counter in the large two-story, naturally lit atrium. Adjacent to the entrance is the community room which features multiple seating areas, stone columns and a large fireplace. Other areas include a spacious front patio, chapel, media room, gift shop, wellness center and bar. A physical therapy area for the facility’s residents is also included in the overall design.
The community-oriented approach is evident throughout the facility, including the dining facility, which is large enough to accommodate all of the residents as well as outside guests.
The project also includes a laundry unit that will service the senior living facility as well as the needs of the other hospitals and facilities within the Plains Memorial campus.