Officials with Texas Health Resources and invited members of the community gathered with the Terrell family Thursday to celebrate the opening of what is now known as the Terrell Emergency Center.

"The Terrell family has touched this community in so many ways," said Chris Leu, president of Texas Health Stephenville. "They had a vision of bringing healthcare to Stephenville generations ago."

Dr. Marilyn Brister, the hospital's chief of staff, called the $14 million center a place of "refuge and support."

The 9,500 square foot emergency care center nearly triples the square footage of Texas Health Stephenville’s existing emergency department, and increases patient beds from 7 to 12.

The center will begin seeing patients this month. 

Dr. Frank Terrell addressed the large gathering inside the lobby of the emergency center.

He said he was "shocked and surprised" to learn that the new center would bear the Terrell family name. 

Before the crowd moved outside for the sign's unveiling, the hospital's chaplain, Mike Hannah, offered a prayer, one that ended with a simple, yet poignant, statement. 

"This is Terrell land, to the bone," he said.