On a picture-perfect and unusually temperate day in late July, Methodist Health System officials gathered with civic and community leaders to celebrate the halfway point of construction on the new Methodist Midlothian Medical Center.
Just west of U.S. 287 adjacent to the Midlothian ISD multi-purpose stadium, an overflowing crowd listened to comments from Methodist Health System officials and then had the opportunity to sign the final steel beam to top the hospital. The signed beam was then lifted by a huge metal crane to the hospital’s roof, signaling a major milestone in the construction of Methodist Health System’s 11th hospital.
Originally announced in late December 2017, ground was broken on the project in October 2018. Since that time, the acute care hospital has been steadily taking shape on 67 acres of land against the Midlothian horizon. It is slated to open in 2020.
The new facility will be operated in conjunction with the existing Methodist Mansfield Medical Center in order to facilitate the opening with all reasonable diligence, according to Methodist Health System officials. While architectural details are still being finalized, the hospital in Midlothian will be a licensed hospital with an emergency department and wide range of specialties and services. Methodist has engaged Corgan as the project architect and DPR Construction as the general contractor.
“Methodist Health System is eagerly anticipating the grand opening of our new hospital and we are halfway there,” said Pam Stoyanoff, president and chief operating officer of Methodist Health System. “This technologically advanced facility will ensure Methodist Health System’s ability to serve the healthcare needs for this vibrant, rapidly growing area for years to come.”
A Full Spectrum of Health Services
The $175 million medical center will include a five-story, 44-bed, 190,000-square-foot hospital, and a three-story, 45,000-square-foot medical office building. Approximately 300 healthcare professionals and support staff are expected to be employed at the hospital by the end of its first full year of operation.
“This new hospital will offer a full spectrum of women and children’s health services, cardiovascular, sports health, orthopedic, and comprehensive wellness,” said Stoyanoff. “It will provide 44 patient beds with the capacity to expand to 80, and more importantly, it’s going to expand the level of healthcare for the entire Ellis and Johnson County areas.”
Methodist Midlothian Medical Center President Juan Fresquez said it’s been gratifying to see the community support that has been given to the incoming hospital.
“We are proud to be building a superlative facility with our patients in mind,” said Fresquez. “Not only will the facility be beautiful and technologically advanced, it will be a structure that Midlothian and the surrounding communities will be proud to call ‘home’ for their health care services.”
He added that the new hospital will not only be good for the community’s health but will also fuel growth for the local economy and provide much needed jobs in healthcare.
“We’re so very proud that you’ve entrusted your healthcare to Methodist,” said Fresquez.
Midlothian Mayor Richard Reno expressed deep gratitude to Methodist Health System and noted that Methodist already plays an active role in the evolving community.
“They are already here,” said Reno. “They’ve been at workshops, they’ve helped, they’ve partnered with the chamber, they are already a part of our community. I look forward to the relationship we will have with this hospital, because as we become the premier city in Ellis County, a hospital is integral to that effort.”
A Booming Hub for Healthcare
One of the fastest-growing communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth region with a population of roughly 38,000, Midlothian was selected for the hospital because of its business-friendly climate, strong educational facilities, major highways, and growing population, according to Methodist Health System officials.
The affluent suburb has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade, as evidenced by a steady influx of new residents, booming housing development, and ongoing business and retail growth.
It is also home to Midlothian ISD, one of the most rapidly growing school districts in North Texas and a major draw for incoming families. MISD serves 112 square miles, six municipalities, and is in the process of adding new schools and reviewing future needs.
The arrival of Methodist Midlothian Medical Center further cements the community’s reputation as a fertile environment for business and a site with promising population growth potential.
“We have an opportunity to be one of the cornerstone reasons that Midlothian remains one of the very best places to live in the entire country,” said Jim Scoggin, president and chief executive officer of Methodist Health System. “We want to be one of your cornerstones, one of our collective cornerstones, toward making that happen.”
Situated just 26 miles south of Dallas and Fort Worth, Midlothian, Texas, is a thriving community with a population of roughly 37,000. Expanding businesses are drawn by the area’s logistical assets, its central location, and the vast DFW workforce. Top-notch educational infrastructure, luxury housing options and serene surroundings further contribute to the appeal of this distinctive community – which is growing exponentially.
Additionally, Midlothian offers a variety of real estate options which include sites in RailPort Business Park and the new Midlothian Business Park. Both parks offer build-to-suit options for operations ranging from advanced manufacturing and food processing to warehousing, distribution, light industrial, and more.
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