On Friday, Medical City Healthcare President Erol Akdamar let slip that the system formerly known as HCA North Texas was building a women’s hospital on its flagship campus. Beyond the $125 million price tag and how many stories it would add to Medical City Dallas’ D Tower (five), Akdamar kept mum on the details until Monday.
Now we know a bit more about what to expect. Construction will begin later this month on the upgrade to Patient Tower D, which will feature 222 total patient rooms. The project will bring all of its women’s healthcare providers under one roof and allow for routine services as well as complex needs that would require a neonatal intensive care unit.
“It’s truly dedicated to the care of women,” Akdamar said. “In the women’s hospital space, we’re the first to partner with our OB/GYN physicians and the sub-specialties to have a dedicated—much like we have a children’s hospital here—women’s hospital.”
It’s not the first women’s hospital in North Texas—The Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas was the first and, for many years, the only such facility.Baylor All Saints also has the Andrews Hospital for Women in Fort Worth. But Medical City is hoping the time it spends on both space and luxury will attract patients.
There will be 84 NICU rooms; 24 “modern” labor and delivery rooms; four C-section operating rooms; 12 VIP suites; 27 women’s medical and surgical rooms; 19 antepartum rooms; 56 postpartum rooms; and two whole floors for offices for women’s health specialists. The VIP suites include a room for families and “spa-like bathrooms” with access to concierge amenities like upgraded linens and chef-prepared meals. Previously, women’s services were spread across the Medical City campus.
Akdamar said the chain was “very bullish” on expanding and consolidating the services for women at hospitals where it makes sense. In announcing the rebrand, he even highlighted the 16,000 babies that were born across the system last year. In addition to the new hospital at Medical City Dallas, what’s now known as Medical City Arlington (R.I.P. to the Medical Center of Arlington moniker) is also getting its own women’s hospital. Akdamar said that leadership is considering expanding women’s services at Medical City Frisco, which was the Forest Park location that the company purchased out of bankruptcy earlier this year.
“We’re in an acquisitive mode,” Akdamar said. “We’re always looking for things that complement and make sense for the system. If opportunities present themselves that are mutually beneficial, we’ll move forward on those.”
The hospital is expected to be complete by March of 2018, with additional rooms opening that April.
Correction: Akdamar said this will be the first dedicated women’s hospital in North Texas. That isn’t right; it’ll be the second in Dallas. There’s also a Texas Health facility in Dallas and a Baylor Scott & White facility in Fort Worth.