Mansfield has been fortunate that a number of prominent medical professionals have called the city home. From Dr. W.B. McKnight, who built a successful medical practice and helped develop the historic downtown, to Dr. Percy Cook, who established Cedars Hospital that was opened in Mansfield from 1959-1976, Mansfield citizens have had access to quality healthcare that also spawned a growing industry in the city. When Cedars Hospital closed, city leaders made finding a new hospital for the community a priority. In June 2005, the city got its wish when Methodist Health Systems broke ground for a new $134 million hospital at the southeast corner of East Broad Street and Matlock Road. Since opening in December 2006, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center has expanded four times, with the newest patient tower scheduled to open in December 2015. With more than 900 employees, almost 2,000 births annually and 86,000-plus outpatient visits each year, Methodist Mansfield is a top economic engine for the community. The hospital has an economic impact of $35.3 million annually and is seen as the catalyst for a growing medical district along East Broad Street.