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New medical center planned for Fort Worth's near south side

Victory Healthcare complex will bring 140 jobs to Fort Worth's near south side

03/07/2013 11:40 PM

03/14/2013 4:36 PM

FORT WORTH -- Victory Healthcare plans to build a $51 million medical center at the northwest corner of South Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, bringing about 140 jobs to the city's near south side when the project is completed in a year.

Victory Medical Center Fort Worth will include an 85,000-square-foot, three-story medical center and an office building with at least 50,000 square feet on the 6.5-acre site. Victory Healthcare said it will close on its purchase by the end of the month and then hold a groundbreaking ceremony.

The medical center will have 25 patient beds, including five suites with private family quarters, four state-of-the-art intensive-care rooms, eight operating rooms and four special-procedure rooms.

But the medical office building could get larger based on the number of physicians who have expressed interest in the space, CEO Robert Helms Jr. said.

Helms said a large physicians group contacted him about nine months ago and asked whether he'd be interested in a project in Fort Worth. He met with the group three times before deciding to go forward. Victory Healthcare will eventually take on 25 to 30 physician investors as partners in the project, he said.

Victory Healthcare, based in The Woodlands, has two Houston locations and one each in San Antonio, Plano and Beaumont.

In November, it bought the Southwest Surgical Hospital in Hurst Town Center, a physician-owned hospital operated by National Surgical Hospitals. It renamed the property Victory Medical Center Mid-Cities.

Helms said he and his project team did extensive research in designing the Fort Worth center. As a result, it will pay homage to the former St. Joseph Hospital, once located a little farther south on Main Street, by replicating its tower in the design.

While the exteriors will take on building designs from the early 1900s, the interiors will be ultramodern, Helms said.

"We take seriously the honor of being part of the rebirth of South Main, and it will be reflected throughout the design of the building," Helms said.

Medica Development in Richardson will be the development leader.

Victory Medical Center Fort Worth will provide spinal and orthopedic surgery; general surgery; gynecology, urology, bariatric, and ear, nose and throat procedures; and pain management.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727

Twitter: @SandraBakerFWST

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