Citing a growing community in Northeast Tarrant County, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine announced Thursday that it will build a $100.5 million patient tower.
The tower, with 48 beds, nine emergency department rooms and four operating suites, is expected to open in summer 2013. It will also have room for 60 additional beds.
"We know the population and the healthcare needs are continuing to grow, and we expect this trend to continue," said Doug Lawson, president of the Baylor Grapevine facility. "The expansion will allow us to refocus space and resources on our outpatient cardiovascular services and significantly renovate and upgrade our neonatal intensive care unit."
The center recently finished an $18 million parking garage and power plant in anticipation of building the five-story patient tower. Currently, the hospital has 276 licensed beds and offers cardiovascular services, women's services, intensive and emergency care.
Lawson said the project will be funded in a variety of ways, including a significant amount of cash. He acknowledged that with the new tower, Baylor Grapevine will have limited expansion opportunities in the future, since it has used most of the space.
Several medical facilities have been built or announced recently in Northeast Tarrant County as the population continues to increase. Fort Worth-based Cook Children's and Dallas-based Children's Medical Center opened clinics in Southlake this spring. In December, Arlington-based Texas Health Resources broke ground on a 100-bed hospital in far north Fort Worth.
Andrea Ahles, 817-390-7613