The Hospital Corporation of America has opened its long-planned outpost in the Alliance corridor of North Fort Worth.
Last week, Medical Center Alliance began seeing patients in its three-story, 155,000 square foot full service hospital. The location opened as a freestanding emergency department in 2011. The area’s growth prompted HCA officials to put in motion plans to expand it into a 55-bed hospital for residents in North Fort Worth, Saginaw, Keller, and the Denton County towns of Justin and Trophy Club.
The $90 million facility features a private, 8-suite Level III NICU; 17 postpartum suites; 10 labor and delivery rooms; six total OR suites, four of which are outfitted with robotic surgical equipment; an advanced catheterization lab; a level IV emergency department; and private ICU rooms.
HCA of North Texas snapped up 73 acres of land around Alliance back in 2002, sitting on them until the area grew large enough to support that standalone emergency room. In September 2013, the Nashville-based company broke ground on the new hospital, eventually determining that its initial plans of 33 beds was not large enough.
The Alliance area more than doubled in population between 2000 and 2010, when over 110,000 residents flocked north of downtown Fort Worth. Its household count sailed to more than 75,000. And according to a study commissioned by Hillwood Properties, the Ross Perot Jr.-owned real estate firm instrumental in the area’s development, found that more than 82,000 women of childbearing age called the area home.
“We are proud to be one of the newest members of the HCA North Texas family,” said hospital CEO Glenn Wallace, “That means our patients have access to the broader resources of HCA North Texas including a comprehensive stroke care network, an advanced cardiovascular network, and nationally-recognized cancer services to name a few.”
The facility will have about 200 board-certified doctors practicing at the hospital and employ 300 staffers, including nurses. The area is quite competitive: Just in the last two years, Texas Health Resources opened an Alliance-area outpost as did the Wise Regional Health System.