New Dallas Hospital Set to Open in April

A new hospital, Walnut Hill Medical Center, is slated to open in April at the northeast corner of Walnut Hill Lane and Greenville Avenue.
A new hospital, Walnut Hill Medical Center, is slated to open in April at the northeast corner of Walnut Hill Lane and Greenville Avenue.

A new, 100-bed, full-service hospital is slated to open this March in North Dallas, the culmination of a 10-year process, officials said.

The hospital, Walnut Hill Medical Center, is a 200,000 square foot facility that is “designed entirely from the patient’s perspective.”

“More than 10 years ago, a group of innovative healthcare leaders decided to turn their vision of healthcare into reality,” said Cory Countryman, WHMC’s chief executive officer, in a statement. “They envisioned a place where healthcare providers could come together as a community to care for patients and each other. Combining the latest in medical technology with world-class customer service, our founders felt that they could create a special place where they could improve health and enrich lives. The opportunity to develop a brand new hospital comes along once in a lifetime. I’m especially gratified that we’re creating an environment where everyone is empowered to take the best care of patients.”

WHMC will offer an array of medical and surgical services, including cardiovascular, gynecologic, imaging, general surgery, emergency medicine, and intensive care. The facility includes:

– 84 private patient suites
– 16-bed intensive care / critical care unit
– 10-bed full service emergency department
– six operating suites
– a cardiovascular OR
– five cardiovascular suites
– two cardiac catheterization labs
– two electrophysiology labs
– a sleep laboratory

Walnut Hill is the latest in a string of new, high-end hospitals dotting the North Texas medical landscape. It features an open design, and all patient units include floor-to-ceiling windows. Complimentary valet parking will be provided to all patients and visitors. Each suite includes a sofa that quickly converts to a twin bed, enabling  family members to stay overnight.

“We are excited to make the Walnut Hill Medical Center vision a reality,” said Countryman. “We are raising the bar on patient-centered care in North Texas and we think that patients, their families, and the physicians who practice here will truly appreciate the difference.”

Prior to his time with Walnut Hill Medical, Countryman was CEO of Weatherford Regional Medical Center. As the leader of the 99-bed, CHS-owned, acute-care hospital, he oversaw more than 600 employees and facilitated significant growth in several new service lines. In addition to managing a construction project valued at approximately $24 million, Countryman advanced the hospital in competitive in terms of physician recruitment, acquisitions, revenue growth, and market-share gain.

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    I’m assuming that the hospital will be located within the existing office building at Walnut Hill and Greenville. What would be an interesting story is what was involved in converting a generic 1970s or 80s (I think) office building into a hospital especially given the strict regulatory environment for hospitals.