UMC makes $5.1 million investment in East Lubbock EMS headquarters

Updated: Dec. 16, 2019 at 5:55 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - University Medical Center has broken ground on its EMS Station One at East 9th Street & MLK Jr. Boulevard. The facility will be the home of an three-ambulance garage, EMS administration offices and the Communications Center.

According to Director of UMC EMS Thomas Moore, the project, which has been in the works for two years, will cost $5,184,248. He said that includes the purchase of 5 acres of land. Two of those will be used for the two buildings, the dispatch center and EMS station. The dispatch center’s structure will be tornado resistant. The funds will also cover the cost of a fiber optic cable, new communications tower and an emergency generator.

“It allows for some synergies, as it relates to the deployment of our resources, our ambulances in particular,” Moore said. “Having both the administrative offices and communication center in one place allows for some economies of scale, as well. We’re really just excited about the opportunity to invest in the future and create a really collaborative, clinically sophisticated and data driven atmosphere that enables intelligent performance.”

Station One is currently located at the South Plains Fairgrounds near Broadway and Avenue A. Moore said it’s been there for 40 years on land owned by the Fairgrounds. The administrative offices and Communications Center are currently housed in office space at South Loop 289 and Quaker Avenue.

“We saw this as an opportunity, both on the cost perspective, because it was a wiser financial choice for us to build rather than renovate, as well as an opportunity to give the Fairgrounds back the current land Station One is located on,” Moore said.

Moore tells KCBD that UMC EMS has outgrown both locations. He expects this new facility to allow them to continue to expand as the population they serve does as well.

“We need to ensure that we are not only able to meet the needs and expectations of the community today, but we are able to meet them far into the future for decades to come,” Moore said. “This facility, this construction is not only an investment in our own internal operations but in the community as a whole."

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