Methodist Health System breaks ground on Richardson hospital

By Bill Hethcock | Staff Writer
Dallas Business Journal 

Methodist Health System broke ground today on a $120 million hospital in Richardson that will bring about 900 jobs and expanded care to the Bush/Renner area.

The four-story, 125-bed Methodist Richardson Medical Center – Bush/Renner will be at the southeast corner of Renner Road and President George Bush Turnpike. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2014, the facility will serve residents in Richardson, Garland, Murphy, Plano, Sachse, Wylie and surrounding areas, Methodist officials said.


“Methodist Health System is excited to begin its highly anticipated expansion to our second location in Richardson today,” said Stephen L. Mansfield, president and CEO of the Methodist Health System.


The system's Campbell Road location has operated for more than 40 years.


The new hospital will have a women’s pavilion; level III neonatal intensive care unit; labor, delivery and recovery services; an advanced neurosciences program; and outpatient surgical services with a focus on minimally invasive surgery.


It will also have advanced cardiac care including catheterization procedures and electrophysiology: and comprehensive imaging technologies for enhanced diagnostics and treatment.


The new hospital will employ about 900 medical professionals, including about 100 new positions. Physicians representing more than 35 specialties are expected to join the medical staff.


The Bush/Renner expansion will be supported by a $9 million capital campaign – the largest in the hospital’s history.


Upon completion of the Bush/Renner hospital, the hospital system plans to improve the Campbell Road campus. The work there will include a renovation to maintain emergency/urgent care, primary care, and diagnostic and outpatient services, as well as expanding post-acute care services such as inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care. The hospital will expand its behavioral health unit to include geriatric behavioral health.


“This day marks the beginning of a new chapter for health care in Richardson and its surrounding communities,” said Ken Hutchenrider Jr., president of Methodist Richardson Medical Center. “We’re building for the future, and our two Richardson campuses will equip us to be the trusted health care provider for this area.”


Methodist Richardson began as a community-owned hospital in 1966 and now has two medical campuses: Campbell Road and Bush/Renner.


Upon completion of the new hospital, acute care services will be centralized at the Bush/Renner facility, and the Campbell Road facility at 401 W. Campbell Road will continue to offer a full-service emergency department, outpatient diagnostic and laboratory services, behavioral health services and physician offices.


New to the Campbell Road campus will be post-acute care and rehabilitation services.


The Methodist Richardson expansion reflects future patterns of health care delivery, concentrating specialty acute inpatient and most outpatient services at the Bush/Renner location, while consolidating post-acute care services such as rehabilitation at the Campbell Road campus, Mansfield said.


Since 2007, Methodist Health System has experienced unprecedented growth – effectively doubling the size of the 85-year-old health care system in the past five years. Earlier this month, Methodist Dallas Medical Center broke ground to mark the beginning of construction on the new $108 million Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower.

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