Few things can tell a community’s story better than its business residents’ insights. This is why we created the “Why Midlothian?” series.
In this series, Midlothian companies share their experiences, observations and impressions about why Midlothian has proven a great fit for their business needs. We hope their stories will inspire you to consider how you can make something great with us in Midlothian.
A Conversation With … John Phillips, FACHE, President Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
Methodist Health System was started in 1927 and is one of North Texas' oldest nonprofit health systems. Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Dallas-based Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated healthcare to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas.
There are 10 hospitals and more than two dozen Methodist Family Health Centers and Medical Groups which are affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the fastest-growing health systems in America and named one of the “Best Places to Work” 14 times by the Dallas Business Journal, Methodist continues to add facilities and services to enhance patient care along the entire continuum.
In late December 2017, Methodist unveiled plans to build its 11th hospital, which will be located in Midlothian. The new facility will be operated in conjunction with the existing Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. While architectural details are still being finalized, the hospital in Midlothian will be a licensed hospital with an emergency department and a wide range of specialties and services.
The hospital will sit on 65 acres of land along US-287 adjacent to the Midlothian ISD multi-purpose stadium. Methodist plans to break ground in late summer 2018 and open the Methodist Midlothian Medical Center in 2020.
For more information, please visit MethodistHealthSystem.org.
Midlothian Economic Development: Please share a little history about Methodist Health System?
John Phillips: For more than 90 years, Methodist Health System has been improving and saving lives through compassionate, quality healthcare. When Methodist Mansfield opened on Dec. 27, 2006, the 88-bed community hospital was Methodist Health System’s first healthcare facility in Tarrant County.
Today, Methodist Mansfield has grown to a 254-bed hospital, offering some of the latest in medical technology and innovative treatments through dozens of specialties. The hospital recently opened a new patient tower, new operating rooms with a focus on neurosurgery and minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery, as well as award-winning cardiology services at the Amon G. Carter Foundation Heart and Vascular Center.
In 11 years, the hospital has achieved Magnet designation, the gold standard of nursing excellence, and has achieved exceptional safety scores, outperformed other hospitals in key quality measures to provide the best patient care, and has become the preferred hospital in the area.
As Methodist grows, we continue to add fast and convenient ways to serve and care for people close to home and on the go. In May, we’re opening the Methodist Convenient Care Campus in Grand Prairie that will have an urgent care, primary care physician office, and specialists all housed under the same roof.
MED: What factors led Methodist to select Midlothian for its 11th hospital?
JP: We chose Midlothian because of its business-friendly climate, strong educational facilities, major highways, and growing population. We already have longstanding relationships with residents and city leaders who’ve chosen Methodist for their healthcare needs.
MED: What services will the Methodist Midlothian Medical Center provide?
JP: We will provide a hospital with surgical rooms, inpatient beds, an emergency room, and an outpatient clinic.
MED: How would you characterize your experience working with the city of Midlothian?
JP: We have had a great experience working with the city and economic development staff members. They have been very collaborative and a great community to conceptualize and build a hospital in.
MED: How would you describe the Midlothian community?
JP: We love the growing suburban area where businesses can thrive on a walkable Main Street and families can live close to their daily destinations. We also like the quality of life in Midlothian including the schools, higher education facilities, churches, parks, and improvements in the infrastructure that the city is planning that will bring investments into the local economy.
MED: How has the growth in Midlothian and Ellis County impacted area health care needs?
JP: As the population increases, so does the need for accessible health care and Methodist wants to grow along with the communities to provide quality of care. Aging populations and a growing prevalence of chronic illnesses are a few of the issues in the area. Access to fast, convenient healthcare at home, office, or on the go is crucial. Methodist is offering several online services for optimal healthcare. MethodistNOW launched in January and more services are on the way.
MED: What advice would you give other companies considering locating in Midlothian?
JP: Consider Midlothian for your next relocation. The city is one of the fastest growing in Texas with a low cost of living, affordable housing, good schools, and friendly people waiting to help you and your company grow and prosper.