Baylor Breaks Ground on New Surgical Hospital

baylorOfficials from Baylor Health Care System and United Surgical Partners broke ground on a new and expanded surgical hospital Thursday in Fort Worth, a move to keep up with expanding demand.

The new 82,000-square-foot, three-story Baylor Surgical Hospital at Fort Worth will be an  built on a 5.3 acre property with a physician office building as part of their campus. Inside will be 30 inpatient rooms, including four intensive care beds. The emergency department for minor emergencies will grow to three beds from one bed at the current 750 12th Avenue location. The new location will be at 1800 Park Place Ave., Fort Worth.

“We have literally outgrown this current building,” Baylor Surgical Hospital at Fort Worth CEO Roger Rhodes said in a statement.  “Our education department and business departments moved out to make more room for patient care. The new location gives us a larger campus, better parking for patients, and opportunity to enhance services.  We are also excited to be part of the redevelopment of Park Place.”

Anticipated completion date of the new hospital is September 2014.

The facility already performs a range of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, specializing in orthopedic, spine, pain management, GYN, urology, general surgery, plastic surgery, and ear nose and throat surgery, and will now add bariatric surgery. An onsite dining room and expanded dining options will be added in the new location.

The announcement comes on the heels of national quality recognition by two health care accrediting agencies.  The Joint Commission awarded a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures award to the hospital in early November, and just this week Press Ganey awarded the facility a Guardian of Excellence award for its emergency department operations. This award honors health care organizations that have reached the 95th percentile for patient satisfaction, employee engagement, or physician engagement surveys or clinical quality performance and is awarded annually based on one year of data.

“Seventy-five percent of our surgeries are outpatient,” said Rhodes. “If the patient doesn’t return home on the same day as the surgery, typically they stay 2.5 days. We provide very efficient and patient centered surgical care.”

Baylor Surgical Hospital at Fort Worth is a joint venture with the Baylor Health Care System, United Surgical Partners International, and local physicians.  The current facility opened in 1998.

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