Texas Health announces $300m expansion of Fort Worth hospital

WCN Editorial Team 11 May 2018 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Texas Health Resources said that it will invest $300m in Fort Worth hospital expansion, which it claims is the largest construction project in its history.

The expansion involves construction of a nine-storey patient bed tower and modernisation of surgical services.

The new surgical patient tower will add 144 patient beds, 15 surgical suites, and a pre-operative and post-operative services area to the Texas Health Fort Worth campus.

Texas Health CEO Barclay Berdan said: “With this new tower, we’re expanding our capacity for more complex procedures and advanced care, which lets people in Fort Worth and nearby communities stay close to home when they need care.

“It’s about responding to the needs of the people we serve. This is an investment that will have a positive economic impact on the city but, more importantly, it will benefit the people in the communities we serve.”

The facility will be located on the main Texas Health Fort Worth campus. Construction is expected to start in mid-2018 and be completed in 2021.

Texas Health Resources Board of Trustees chairman Wes Turner said: “We’re doubling down on our commitment to the people of Fort Worth and throughout Tarrant County.

“We’ve been a partner with the local community since our doors opened in 1930, and with this investment that relationship is going to continue for decades to come.”

Texas Health Fort Worth’s service area includes several other cities in the western part of the Metroplex.

Texas Health Fort Worth, which currently has 720 beds, is claimed to be the fourth-busiest hospital in Texas.

The surgical suites in the new tower are expected to increase the hospital’s daily surgical capacity by almost 30%.

The new operating rooms will focus on advancing the hospital’s trauma care, kidney transplant programme, and its capabilities in neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery and surgical oncology.

The expansion will include several design elements, including the use of natural light, indoor and outdoor spaces for visitors, artwork, as well as family-centred rooms.

The tower will include space for support services and two floors of shell space to accommodate future expansions.

Additional parking will be created to meet current and future needs.

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