Groundbreaking Ceremony Kicks Off Construction of Presbyterian Hospital of Flower Mound|
ARLINGTON, Texas — Community leaders, physicians and residents from Flower Mound, Lewisville and Coppell joined representatives of Texas Health Resources and TpHR to celebrate the groundbreaking for Presbyterian Hospital of Flower Mound, a full-service, acute care hospital that will be built as part of The Riverwalk at Central Park.
The hospital will be built on an approximately 12-acre site in the northwest part of The Riverwalk at Central Park development in Flower Mound off FM 2499/Long Prairie Road near the intersection with Windsor Drive.
Texas Health CEO Doug Hawthorne told the gathered dignitaries, “Today we are planting something that will grow and sustain the community for many years. This hospital will become an integral part of the fabric of the community. Babies will be born here, children will get their cuts, scrapes and colds treated here, and families will gather here to keep watch over loved ones. The Riverwalk at Central Park is a great location for this hospital. The beauty of the surroundings will enhance the healing environment and uphold our belief of treating the whole individual — body, mind and spirit.”
Michael Hisey, M.D., chairman of the board of managers of the hospital and a resident of Flower Mound, said, “This hospital will be a great addition to our community. Today I have to send my patients to hospitals in other cities. When this beautiful hospital is finished in 2010, we’ll have a hospital close to home that provides a wide range of health care services in a quality, family-friendly environment.”
Flower Mound Mayor Jody Smith, members of the Town Council and city staff, and other community leaders were on hand for the festivities. Cole McDowell, president of Five Star Development, the company behind The Riverwalk at Central Park, also addressed the gathering, and the office of U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R – 26th District) was represented. Two commemorative U.S. flags were presented in honor of the groundbreaking. Hawthorne accepted one flag on behalf of THR, and Hisey accepted the second flag on behalf of Presbyterian Hospital of Flower Mound.
“The site of this development has hosted many celebrations over the years,” said Steve Hanson, chairman of the board of TpHR and senior executive vice president for system alignment and performance for Texas Health. “Besides a working cattle ranch, it was a beautifully-kept retreat where Edward Marcus hosted celebrity-studded Neiman-Marcus parties. I’ve heard that John Wayne even attended a party on the ranch. Just as the land hosted weddings years ago, in the future it will host joyous celebrations of birth and healing. We’re excited to be part of this development that promises to be a gathering place for the people of Flower Mound, Lewisville and the surrounding area.”
“The population of this area is growing rapidly,” said Stan Ryfa, senior vice president of TpHR. “This hospital will provide convenient access to care close to where people live whether they’re in Flower Mound, Lewisville, Coppell, Highland Village or other nearby cities. Texas Health and TpHR have a strong track record of collaborating with physicians to provide quality care and advanced technology in a healing environment that embraces body, mind and spirit.
"We’re very thankful to the leaders and staff of the Town of Flower Mound for working with us to make it possible to build this hospital in the heart of Flower Mound.”
Construction will begin immediately, and plans call for the hospital to open in the first quarter of 2010.
Representatives of the partnership said Presbyterian Hospital of Flower Mound as envisioned will provide approximately 100 patient beds, an emergency department and a wide range of medical services including services for women and children. The hospital is expected to provide between 500 and 600 new jobs in the area by its third year of operation.
More than 150 physicians representing more than 25 medical specialties have expressed interest in practicing on the medical staff of the proposed hospital.
Texas Health, TpHR, and a group of more than 80 local physicians joined in partnership to build Presbyterian Hospital of Flower Mound. TpHR is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources, the largest health care system in North Texas.
About TpHR and Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. Texas Health Resources is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. In January 2009, the hospital names will become Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Presbyterian. For more information, visit http://www.texashealth.org/homepage.cfm.