Texas Health Fort Worth Celebrates Construction Milestone, Naming of Emergency Care Center|
FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth administrators celebrated a milestone in the construction of the new $57.7 million emergency care center today with a tree topping out ceremony.
One of building construction’s oldest customs, a tree topping out ceremony is celebrated when the last beam of the building’s framework is put into place. A tree is placed at the top of the building to represent growth and good luck for the future.
The three-story, 75,000-square-foot emergency care center, planned for completion in January 2014, will nearly triple the square footage of the existing department and increase patient capacity from 63 to 90 beds.
“Our new emergency care center is the culmination of years of soliciting input from multiple city- and county-wide organizations in order to best create a facility that responds to the needs of our community,” said Dr. John Geesbreght, the hospital’s medical director of emergency services. “I believe Texas Health Fort Worth has done just that.”
In addition to the celebration of construction progress, the Texas Health Resources Foundation announced and recognized lead donors to the project during the ceremony. Community gifts and pledges have already exceeded $13 million in support of the center’s $57 million budget.
“Philanthropy has been important to the development of this incredible campus over the past 80-plus years,” said Texas Health Resources Foundation Board Chairman Philip Moroneso. “Support for this project has been particularly outstanding, which reflects that there is broad understanding of how important a new Emergency Department will be to the community.”
Texas Health Resources Foundation President Jay McAuley said $20 million or more will be secured toward the project before its scheduled opening in January 2014.
Special recognition was offered to The Burnett Foundation of Fort Worth for committing the lead gift to the project. To recognize the gift, Texas Health Fort Worth announced plans to name the 75,000 square-foot facility the Marion Emergency Care Center. The naming honors Burnett Foundation President and Trustee Anne Marion.
In addition to recognition of The Burnett Foundation, thanks were expressed to other lead donors whose support has been critical to funding progress. Those included: Texas Medicine Resources, LLP; the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth Auxiliary; the Amon G. Carter Foundation; the Preston M. Geren family; and Crystelle Waggoner Trust, Bank of America.
For more information on the Marion Emergency Care Center, visit TexasHealth.org/FWTrauma.
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