Baylor University Medical Center at Irving celebrated its 50th anniversary last month, a landmark celebrated by the health system, sure, but also the city itself: When it opened in November 1964, Irving was the state’s fastest growing city yet still lacked a hospital.
“We were thinking of the future,” said Irving businessman Clint Howard, who was among the committee of 11 residents pegged by the City Council to study whether the growing community needed a hospital.
Originally opened as Irving Community Hospital on 10 acres near what is now MacArthur Blvd. and TX-183, the facility was the only option for residents in the 30-mile stretch between Dallas and Fort Worth. It broke ground in 1962 and opened in Nov. 1964.
Baylor Health Care System acquired the hospital in 1995 and shortly thereafter opened the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Irving. Currently, the emergency department is undergoing an expansion that will increase capacity for a projected 100,000 visits by 2025.