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HMFW Tree-Topping Marks Heart Center Progress
12/01/2004

FORT WORTH, Texas — On Friday, Dec. 3, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital will celebrate the season with a sunrise lighting ceremony of an eight-foot evergreen Christmas tree that will be perched 100 feet above ground atop the Harris Methodist Heart Center, marking the completion of the center's structural framework and honoring the construction team members who have put their hearts and souls into the project. The topping out ceremony, where workers will reflect on the work done thus far, give thanks for a safe effort and look forward to the final journey ahead, will begin at 6:15 a.m.

A holiday wish that will serve generations to come, the 150,000-square-foot building with 100 new patient beds, four new surgery suites and four new cath labs is expected to open in December 2005 and will redefine the landscape of Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital and cardiovascular care in Tarrant County.

“The Harris Methodist Heart Center will be a state-of-the-art facility to house cardiovascular medicine, and will be home to the physicians, nurses, staff and other skilled professionals who are dedicated to improving the cardiovascular health of the community,” said Robert Meidell, M.D., medical director of cardiovascular services at Harris.

The rapid growth in Tarrant County's population is fueling the demand for cardiovascular services. With a 40 percent increase in volume in cardiac services since 1998, and a projected growth of 14 percent over the next five years, the Harris Methodist Heart Center will help meet the increasing need for heart care services in Tarrant County and beyond.

Heart Warming Holiday Visuals

  • An eight-foot Christmas tree hoisted 100 feet in the air with a tower crane and perched atop a five-story building.
  • More than 100 construction workers celebrating the completed first phase of a building they are pouring their hearts into for the improved health of their community. Watch as they write messages from the heart that will be placed in a time capsule to be buried on the grounds of the Heart Center and unearthed in fifty years. (HMFW recently opened two time capsules, one from 1923 and another from 1962. The contents of these capsules are available for visuals.)

Ladies and Gentlemen…start your engines!

Immediately following the topping out ceremony, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital will hold a grand opening celebration for its new parking garage, a structure that provides 550-additional parking spots and was necessary to support the growth of the hospital's campus.

About Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital

Opened in 1930, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital (HMFW) is Tarrant County's largest and busiest hospital and regional referral center. A member of Texas Health Resources, HMFW is licensed for 610 beds and provides the following services: cardiovascular; neurosciences; orthopedics and sports medicine; rehabilitation; adult critical care and neonatal intensive care; high risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology; trauma and emergency medicine; cancer care; medical/surgical; kidney transplants; occupational health; and more.

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