Owners Representative Broaddus with Chris Hopkins as Project Manager
HYPERBARIC CHAMBER | THERAPY GYM
MEMORIAL HERMANN - TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER
Houston, Texas | 37,000 square feet | Completion 2016
"Chris resolved a critical problem regarding the commissioning of a custom built hyperbaric chamber. I personally asked Chris to intervene and “just resolve it.” Chris quickly researched and created a custom commissioning protocol. He then went the extra mile to lead the week-long commission process. This required Chris to ensure a complex team of critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, chamber fabricators, hyperbaric technicians, pharmacists, physicians, engineers, and an impatient administrator (me) were all working in unison. This was extremely challenging, the stakes were high, and Chris executed it flawlessly."
—LANCE FERGUSON, MBA/MHA VICE PRESIDENT, HOSPITAL OPERATIONS MEMORIAL HERMANN
The Hyperbaric Chamber and Therapy Gym was a 4 phase project that brought together 3 departments in one location. The scope included administrative spaces for all 3 departments, 17 wound care exam rooms, 6 private physical therapy rooms, 2 therapy gyms (inpatient and outpatient), a new multi-place hyperbaric chamber, and the removal and sales of the existing multi-place chamber.
Initially there was a decision whether to keep the hyperbaric chamber department at all. From a business perspective there was not a lot of data recommending the maintenance of this department, however this chamber was the only 24/7 chamber serving south Texas and the hospital had a long standing commitment to the regional fire departments to treat fire fighters for smoke inhalation. Then we helped determine that it was in the best interest of the hospital to buy a new chamber and we found a buyer for the existing chamber who would serve veterans with traumatic brain injuries.
Following the installation our founder Chris Hopkins performed a full commissioning of the hyperbaric chambers technical systems, clinical staff procedures, and staff training that helped significantly improve the quality and safety of hyperbaric patient care.