Baylor unveils five-story state-of-the-art patient tower

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After nearly two years of labor pains, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine will give birth to an approximately $90 million five-story patient tower and expansion.

The project will be unveiled June 6.

About 400 supporters, including community leaders, political figures and physicians, will be on hand for the event.

“We came in on time and under budget,” said Steve Newton, president of the west region of Baylor Health Care System.

Newton said the expansion will run about $85-90 million, less than the $100.5 million estimated when a groundbreaking was held in the fall of 2011.

The expansion includes 40 beds, with space to add 68 more, and space for emergency department rooms and operating suites. It also enhances specialty areas such as cardiovascular services, women’s services and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“Baylor values our partnership with the community and this tower and expansion affirms our commitment to providing exceptional care for this fast-growing region,” said Newton, who oversaw the expansion.

The catalyst for the tower was “tremendous population growth in the area” and the need “to continue to bring state-of-the-art service to the region,” Newton said. He said the construction plans took into account that the area will continue to grow and allows for future expansion of the 313-bed hospital if needed.

Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine is a full-service, fully-accredited not-for-profit hospital serving residents in more than 20 cities throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth region. The hospital offers medical services for cardiovascular services, women’s services, oncology, neurology, spine care, orthopedics, diagnostic imaging, neonatal intensive care, intensive and emergency care.

Highlights of the addition include:


The 21-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will provide specialized care for the tiniest patients. It caters to newborns and infants for a variety of reasons, including premature births (less than 37 weeks), respiratory distress, birth defects, infections and other illnesses. A Level III NICU is the highest level of care a critically-ill infant can receive.

The NICU is equipped with five private pods that utilize walls instead of glass or curtains. The walls give families more privacy and allows for increased family interaction with the baby and health care providers, according to hospital literature.

A Journey of Hope wall will feature former NICU patients and their families and is designed to encourage and inspire families who are coping with their situation and to celebrate how far the tiny babies have come.


The expanded radiology department offers a comprehensive array of services including MRI, CT, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology. These services will be offered in one centralized location and in larger rooms. The Interventional Radiology Suite allows patients to change the lighting, music and scenery of the room.

Baylor Grapevine is the first hospital in Tarrant County and the third in the country to offer this program. The radiology department is equipped with three ultrasound rooms, a new radiology diagnostic imaging room, CT, MRI and diagnostic radiology.

Cardiovascular center

The Cardiovascular Center at Baylor Grapevine will offer advanced diagnosis, treatment and care of cardiovascular disease, from non-invasive diagnostic techniques to emergency procedures. It is designed to adapt to the individual needs of heart and vascular patients, eliminating the need to move rooms as care requirements change.

It is the first of its kind in Tarrant County and features the universal bed concept where patients stay in one room during their hospitalization with the appropriate level of care brought to them.


The surgery department will have space for four additional full-service operating rooms, for a total of 15. The pre- and post-operative surgery and recovery areas received a complete remodel and three additional patient care areas were added. A new pre-anesthesia testing area with five patient care beds will be housed in the new patient tower.

Nutrition services

Nutrition services received a complete renovation including a new 2,400 square-foot kitchen, a 20 percent increase from the previous space. The larger kitchen will allow the hospital to deliver a higher level of service by converting to a room service model. Patients will order from a menu and have their meals delivered at the time they request.

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