It seems most of the discussion around the water cooler these days has to do with healthcare.Whatever the opinions, good or bad, it didn’t dampen the mood or energy given early Friday morning as Texas Health Resources (THR), the largest employer in North Texas and one of the country’s largest non-profit health systems, broke ground on an 8-acre outpatient center in Willow Park.“We’ve been planning this for a long time and now it’s just the right time,” said Barclay Berdan, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We have served this part of North Texas for some time but from afar. I think this will really be a wonderful point of access.”He said he thought some were anticipating that THR would start by building a hospital, but that as business and industry began to “shift,” so did THR.“We’re transforming our organization,” Berdan added. “We are really excited about this model.” He said it was the second of its kind, the first located in Burleson, which he said had been, “wildly successful.” Texas Health Outpatient Center - Willow Park will feature a freestanding emergency department, fitness center and three-story medical office building.Services will include: cardiac rehabilitation, behavioral health, physical therapy, laboratory services, advanced imaging and a chronic disease management program. The outpatient center will be the first part of an integrated health campus that will grow, with plans for a surgery center and expansion of space for more physicians and medical services.Dr. Daniel Varga, senior executive vice president and chief clinical officer, said that groundbreakings are usually configured around the creation of a structure.“While the structure will be transformational, the real transformation for THR, and we hope for East Parker County, is the continued transformation of THR itself,” he said. “From a historical company to a health care system to now an organization whose primary interest is advancing the health of the population we serve.”Dr. Jeffrey Canose, executive vice president for Texas Health and the system’s Southwest Zone operations leader, said they are proud to be a part of the Willow Park community and look forward to serving residents here for years to come.“Texas Health Willow Park will not only provide emergency care and other basic health services, it will be an integrated health campus that promotes well-being and population health,” Canose said.Texas Health Outpatient Center - Willow Park, scheduled to open its doors in the fourth quarter of 2014, will be Texas Health’s first facility in Parker County.“There is no doubt that hospitals and other health-care facilities have a significant impact on the health and wellness of a community so we are thrilled to have Texas Health Outpatient Center in East Parker County,” said Lisa Flowers, East Parker County Chamber of Commerce President. “We look forward to a long-lasting partnership.”Texas Health Willow Park, located at Interstate 20 and Crown Pointe Boulevard, will open as a 70,000-square-foot outpatient center. The campus’s medical offices are expected to have numerous types of physicians, possibly including internists, orthopedists, cardiologists and OB/GYNs. The $20 million project is expected to also attract neurologists, urologists and urogynecologists.Willow Park, located about 20 miles west of Fort Worth, is a fast-growing Parker County city of more than 4,000 residents. Texas Health Willow Park will also serve other nearby communities, including Weatherford, Aledo, Hudson Oaks and Annetta. About Texas Health ResourcesTexas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.
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