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THR, Physicians to Build Short-Stay Hospital in Southlake

BEDFORD, Texas — Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital, its parent company Texas Health Resources, and a number of area physicians are moving forward with plans to build a short-stay, specialty hospital in Southlake, across from Southlake Town Square. The project will be a joint venture between Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital and a number of local physicians.

Positioned on the front six acres of a 13-acre tract owned by Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital, the short-stay facility will provide outpatient services to people in Southlake and the surrounding communities. The 28,000-square-foot facility will be equipped with five surgical suites, five to 10 overnight beds, and a diagnostic/outpatient imaging department complete with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scanning.

The project also calls for two 40,000-square-foot physician office buildings to be constructed in two phases.

"We are really excited about the opportunity this facility will create for Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital to better serve people in Southlake and the communities along the Route 1709 and Highway 114 corridor," said Jack McCabe, president of Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital. "This facility will add a level of convenience for our patients in that area."

Approximately 40 physicians from multiple specialties have invested in ownership of the project and will be an integral part in the facility’s development and operations. Participating physicians include such specialties as orthopedics, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, pain management, general surgery, otolaryngology and radiology.

"This facility will bring a number of physicians into the area where, based on the rapid growth of the market, we feel there is a demand for convenient access to specialists," McCabe said. "Joint ownership will allow us to work hand-in-hand with the physicians in the development and operations of the facility, underscoring our vision to join with physicians to become the healthcare system of choice."

Plans for a development in Southlake date back to 1997 when Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital purchased the property anticipating Southlake would be a growth market. Since the purchase of the land, Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital has looked closely at the market growth and the need for services closer to the homes of the people in the communities surrounding Route 1709 and Highway 114.

With a 16 percent annual growth rate between 1999 and 2000, Southlake was considered the fastest growing city in Tarrant County during that time period. Recent projections forecast Southlake to grow 41 percent between now and 2010, according to the City of Southlake’s community profile.

Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital considers this development to be essential in providing additional healthcare access to the growing population of Northeast Tarrant County.

Ground will be broken for the development in late fall. The short-stay, specialty hospital and phase I of the physician office buildings is anticipated to be complete in late 2003.

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