Methodist Health System to Build New Hospital in Richardson

Rendering of the new MRMC hospital 
The Methodist Health System board of directors has approved a facility expansion plan of $120 million to add a 125-bed acute care hospital at the Methodist Richardson Medical Center Bush/Renner location. Scheduled to open in fall 2014, the hospital will be located at the southeast corner of Renner Road and Bush Turnpike in Richardson.
Methodist Richardson, which began as a community-owned hospital in 1966, has two medical campuses – the Campbell Road and Bush/Renner campuses. The Methodist partnership has accelerated the expansion at Bush/Renner, which is currently home to a medical office building as well as an outpatient hospital and cancer center that opened in October 2008.
“This hospital has served Richardson and the surrounding area with compassionate quality health care at its Campbell Road location for more than 40 years,” said Levi Davis, chairman of the Methodist Health System board of directors. “We are pleased to begin this new chapter in our history and look forward to the stewardship of this community’s health for many years to come.”
Methodist Health System purchased the hospital facilities previously owned by Richardson Hospital Authority (RHA) in October, 2011. The expansion at Bush/Renner extends Methodist’s existing service area and will offer enhanced health care services to residents in the Richardson, Wylie, Sachse, Murphy, Plano, Garland, and surrounding areas. The new hospital will employ almost 900 professionals, and physicians representing more than 35 specialties are expected to join the medical staff.  
“This is an extraordinary day for our community, and we couldn’t be more proud or honored to have Methodist Health System choose Richardson for this endeavor,” said Mayor Bob Townsend. “Access to first-rate healthcare facilities is a primary concern for any community. This expansion strengthens that access for our residents while also turning our community into a regional destination for healthcare services.”  
Methodist Richardson Medical Center Bush/Renner will include a 266,250-square-foot acute-care hospital to complement the existing physician office building, emergency room and cancer center. The 4-story hospital will initially open with 125 beds, with shell space for 50 more. The hospital will feature a women’s pavilion, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, and labor, delivery and recovery services. The hospital also will offer advanced cardiac care, including catheterization procedures and electrophysiology as well as surgical services. A radiology department will offer the latest in imaging technology to better diagnose and treat medical conditions.  
“Many people came together to make this vision a reality,” said President of Methodist Richardson Medical Center Ken Hutchenrider, Jr., FACHE. “I’m grateful to the City of Richardson for their continued support as well as the Methodist Richardson advisory board for their guidance and counsel during this process.”  
Upon completion of the new hospital in 2014, plans for the Methodist Richardson Campbell campus, located at 401 W. Campbell Road, call for continued use of the physician pavilion, a full-service emergency department, and ancillary services such as lab and radiology. Added services will include expansion of the behavioral health unit to include geriatric behavioral health, inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care.   
“The expansion at Bush/Renner along with the specialized services available at the Campbell campus will equip us with the ability to meet the needs of our community population, allowing us to be the trusted provider for every generation.” said Hutchenrider.
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