The arrival of a new hospital marks a major milestone in a growing community’s development process. It is indicative not only of population growth potential, but also of a fertile environment for business.
A vital asset with the power to significantly enhance residents’ quality of life, hospitals also cultivate community connectivity, set strategic relationships in motion, and can assist businesses in the area. These are just some of the reasons Midlothian is celebrating Methodist Health System’s decision to build a new hospital – the healthcare leader’s 11th – in the North Texas city.
Originally announced in late December 2017, further details were released about the project on Aug. 14, 2018. According to company officials, Methodist Health System plans to build a 190,000-square-foot full-service acute care hospital and a 45,000-square-foot medical office building on a 67-acre site near the Midlothian ISD multi-purpose stadium.
The five-story, 44-bed hospital is scheduled to open in 2020 and is anticipated to house approximately 300 healthcare professionals and support staff members by the end of its first full year of operation. It will have the capacity to expand to 80 beds.
In an earlier interview with Midlothian Economic Development, John Phillips, FACHE, president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, said Midlothian was selected for the hospital because of its business-friendly climate, strong educational facilities, major highways, and growing population.
A dynamic community of about 37,000, Midlothian’s numbers tell a compelling story. With its median household income of $85,030, median new home price of $366,391, and developers’ plans for 14,000+ more single-family lots, the community has been capturing the interest of new residents, businesses, brokers, and developers.
“We have had a great experience working with the city and economic development staff members,” said Phillips. “They have been very collaborative and a great community to conceptualize and build a hospital in.”
Midlothian is one of the fastest growing areas in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and continues to be fueled by high in-migration numbers.
The need for quality healthcare that is fast, accessible, and convenient has been rising along with the population increases in Midlothian and Ellis County.
“Historically, we are an underserved market when it comes to medical facilities,” said Larry Barnett, president and CEO of Midlothian Economic Development. “We are happy that Methodist Health System took the lead in addressing the changing market needs here and are excited by the opportunities that lie ahead.”
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