FORT WORTH — HCA North Texas executives broke ground Wednesday on a $71 million hospital at Alliance in north Fort Worth, and also announced the construction of an adjoining, 50,000-square-foot medical office building.Medical Center at Alliance, as the new facility is named, and the office building will be built simultaneously. Both are planned to open in January 2015, said Randy Moresi, CEO of HCA’s North Hills Hospital.North Hills Hospital, part of the Nashville-based HCA hospital chain, is building the facilities at the northeast corner of Interstate 35W and North Tarrant Parkway. The hospital was announced in January.Moresi told a gathering of elected officials, hospital trustees and workers, and others that HCA has envisioned a hospital at Alliance since 1991, when it opened the HCA MedAlliance Occupational Healthcare Clinic at Alliance Crossing. “We had a busy clinic for several years,” Moresi said. “We saw things continue to grow.”The three-story hospital will be added to the west side of a free-standing emergency department HCA opened at the site in late 2011. The hospital initially was planned for four stories, but instead it will enlarge a second floor dedicated to women’s services, he said. The structure will be able to support six stories.HCA first bought land farther north at Texas 114 and Alliance Gateway, but later changed its plans and bought the current 73-acre site, which is three times larger, Moresi said. “It’s large enough for us to expand another 35 to 40 years,” he said.In addition to women’s services, the acute-care hospital will offer surgical services, imaging, endoscopy, women’s services, a medical/surgical unit, intensive care unit and a neonatal intensive care unit.Ross Perot Jr., chairman of Hillwood Development, the company developing the 17,000-acre Alliance project, said HCA has had its eye on Alliance since the late 1980s when he and one of the hospital’s founders flew over the development.“HCA has a great track record of going out in front of growth and building wonderful medical facilities,” Perot said. “Through the decades, as you see, we finally worked our way up to this fabulous new facility coming into the Alliance area.”HCA is the nation’s largest provider of hospital services. Medical Center at Alliance will be HCA North Texas’ 12th hospital. Texas Health Resources opened its 50-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance about a year ago about three miles north of the HCA site. Wise Regional Medical System is building a 29,000-square-foot surgery center just across North Tarrant Parkway from the new North Hills facility.
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