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Baylor to build surgical center in Fort Worth

The Baylor Health Care System will break ground Thursday on a three-story surgical center near Baylor All Saints Medical Center to replace a smaller unit nearby, officials said Tuesday.

Baylor Surgical Hospital at Fort Worth, 1800 Park Place Ave., will have 30 inpatient beds as well as a three-bed emergency department intended for minor emergencies and a four-bed intensive-care unit.

The 82,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed in September.

Baylor bought the land and originally announced its plans for the site last year, but officials decided now was the time to proceed, said Roger Rhodes, CEO of Baylor Surgical Hospital.

The project will cost about $35 million, he said.

“We have completely outgrown this current building,” which opened in 1998, Rhodes said of the surgery center at 750 12th Ave.

About 75 percent of the surgeries will be outpatient — meaning people stay at the facility less than 24 hours. Inpatient surgeries will generally involve an average stay of 21/2 days, he said.

The facility is a joint venture with Dallas-based United Surgical Partners International, a for-profit company that owns and operates more than 200 surgery centers, many with not-for-profit health systems.

USPI already partners with Baylor in more than a dozen projects in North Texas, including surgery facilities in Trophy Club, Arlington, Bedford, Mansfield and Granbury.

Last year, USPI reported revenue of $540 million, according to its government filings. The Baylor Health Care System reported about $4.1 billion in revenue for its latest fiscal year, which ended June 30.

Steve Newton, director of Baylor’s west region, said that the two companies will share the cost of building the facility and that USPI will handle its commercial operations. Rhodes is an employee of USPI.

“We view this as complementary to Baylor All Saints,” a full-service acute-care hospital that is large enough to handle major emergencies, more complex procedures and more fragile patients, Newton said.

The facility will also be partly owned by participating physicians, Rhodes said. While the federal Affordable Care Act includes a provision barring new doctor-owned hospitals, the Baylor facility is exempt because it already holds a license to operate, Rhodes said.