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'The Business of Health Care Report'

AMH Vandergriff Tower/THR Construction

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Arlington Memorial Hospital’s new Tom Vandergriff Tower is scheduled to open this month. The $76 million surgical tower adds more than 200,000 square feet to Arlington Memorial Hospital, making it the biggest expansion in the hospital’s history. It features 48 new private patient rooms and 16 new operating rooms for inpatient and day surgery.

The six-story tower honors the legacy of former Tarrant County Judge Tom Vandergriff, whose longstanding community service spans five decades. Vandergriff served as mayor of Arlington for 26 years. During his tenure as mayor, Vandergriff brought a General Motors assembly plant to Arlington and convinced the Washington Senators to move to Arlington in 1972 and become the Texas Rangers. Vandergriff also is credited with helping to create Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Vandergriff represented Arlington in Congress for two years in the 1980s, and he served as Tarrant County Judge from 1991 to 2007.

The addition of the Vandergriff Tower at Arlington Memorial is just one element of a plan Texas Health Resources announced in 2002 to invest $1.5 billion in new building and expansion projects throughout North Texas.

North Texas is home to some of the fastest growing communities in the nation, and Texas Health Resources is committed to continue investing in the facilities required to meet the healthcare needs of the communities we serve. In 2006 alone, our capital investment topped $234 million.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based hospitals – Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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