Texas Health Announces $300M Expansion in Fort Worth, Largest Construction Project In System’s History

Texas Health Resources will target its downtown Fort Worth facility with a $300-million expansion project including a new nine-story patient tower and a modernization of its surgical services.

The tower will add 144 patient beds, 15 surgical suites, and pre-operative and post-operative services areas. The changes at the hospital—its full name is Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth—register as Texas Health’s largest construction project in its history.

The existing campus at Texas Health Fort Worth, which will add a nine-story patient tower.

Construction is set to start in mid-2018 and be done by late 2021.

“With this new tower, we’re expanding our capacity for more complex procedures and advanced care, which lets people in Fort Worth and nearby communities stay close to home when they need care,” Texas Health CEO Barclay Berdan says in a statement.

The Arlington-based system noted the booming population growth in and around Fort Worth in a release about the expansion. The downtown Fort Worth hospital serves residents from 42 zip codes, it says.

“The communities we serve have grown by almost 300,000 in the past 15 years, meaning we have to grow as well,” Texas Health Fort Worth President Joseph DeLeon says in a statement. “We want to be able to provide care to anyone who comes to us in their time of need.”

The hospital today has 720 beds, yet it’s “routinely” maxed out, Texas Health says. The new operating rooms will increase surgical capacity by 30 percent and focus on trauma care, kidney transplants, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery, and surgical oncology. It’ll be built with two floors of shell space for future expansion.