Scottish Rite Hospital has purchased 40 acres at the corner of Lebanon Road and the Dallas North Tollway in Frisco, where it plans to open an ambulatory care center in 2016.
The multimillion-dollar expansion will offer outpatient services and day surgeries, which means patients needing inpatient care and major surgeries will still need to head to the flagship location in Dallas’ Medical District. The hospital says the original location will not be changing and will continue to provide care for patients suffering from orthopedic conditions as well as neurological and learning disorders.
“We feel like this will provide an avenue that we can use to continue to support the mission of the hospital and ultimately reach more children,” said Scottish Rite CEO Bob Walker. “The only reason that we’re there is to help kiddos and help children and being so sub-specialized with pediatric, orthopedic conditions, well, by locating a satellite facility out in that area just helps us on a longer term basis to fulfill that mission.”
Groundbreaking on the roughly 100,000 square-foot center will begin next spring. Walker, noting that the project is in its “infancy,” said he expects the center to swallow up about 10 of the 40 acres. The remaining space will be used in ways that have yet to be determined, but Walker says it’s likely the area will have an element to help with sports therapy.
“Just with the growth and number of facilities that are out there and the future growth as far as sports in that area, that’s a consideration,” Walker said. “How can we use that land to supplement and support a community need?”
About 25 percent of the hospital’s current patients come from Collin County, Walker said. Officials decided to expand to Frisco based on that and the projected growth for the area, which boosted its population by 9.3 percent —just shy of 60,000 people—from 2010 to 2013 alone. It also helps that Children’s Medical Center’s Plano outpost is thriving.
“It’s very similar to what Children’s had done in terms of positioning and having a facility out in that area,” he said. “I think it’s really exciting for the hospital and for the staff, and, again, it’s really done in order to help more kids.”
Scottish Rite, a teaching hospital that’s paired with the UT Southwestern Medical Center, will also have research and education opportunities at the new ambulatory care center. The city of Frisco has not approved any concrete plans for the facility. Walker said HKS Inc. will be the architect and Beck will handle contracting.
The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children was built in 1921, after a group of Texas Masons decided to begin caring for polio patients regardless of their ability to pay. Since, the hospital has relied largely on donations to provide its services and remains known for providing care whether patients have insurance or not.
The hospital has treated more than 225,000 children since its inception and sees 40,000 clinic visits each year. Patients under 18-years-old are welcome.
“The underlying mission of the hospital will still exist and no child will ever be turned away because of their ability or inability to pay,” Walker said.