Arlington Memorial Hospital Celebrates Topping Out of Tom Vandergriff Tower

ARLINGTON, Texas – The structural framework is complete on Arlington Memorial Hospital's (AMH's) Tom Vandergriff Tower. The $76 million surgical tower – the largest one-time construction in the hospital's 48-year history – is expected to be complete in September 2007. Representatives from the hospital and its parent organization, Arlington-based Texas Health Resources (THR), will mark the occasion Thursday, November 30, at 8 a.m. with a topping out – a tradition that includes placing a tree and an I-beam signed by the community, atop a building's newly completed framework.

“The addition of the Tom Vandergriff Tower will allow us to not only expand to meet the needs of our growing community, but also enable us to provide advanced technology to our patients. Arlington Memorial Hospital has been a mainstay of our community since 1958, and we want the residents of Arlington, Grand Prairie and Mansfield to know we intend to continue investing in their wellbeing,” said Oscar L. Amparan, president of the hospital and executive vice president of Texas Health Resources.

The new six-story surgical tower will increase the hospital's size by more than 200,000 square feet, adding 16 operating rooms for inpatient and day surgery, plus 48 private patient rooms.

The namesake of the surgical tower, Tarrant County Judge Tom Vandergriff, will attend the topping out along with family members. Vandergriff served on Arlington Memorial Hospital's board of trustees for nearly 50 years, holding the position as chairman since 1968. He retired from the board in 2005. The topping out will include a ceremonial signing of a six foot I-beam and the lighting of a 12-foot Cypress Christmas tree on top of the Tom Vandergriff Tower. The ceremony begins at 8 a.m. in the cafeteria; it has moved from the top level of the South parking garage because of inclement weather.

About Arlington Memorial Hospital
Arlington Memorial Hospital has provided quality health care since 1958. Comprehensive services include emergency care, The Heart Pavilion with cardiovascular services, critical care units, a dialysis/aphaeresis unit, oncology, orthopedics, digestive health, The Women's & Children's Center, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, surgical suites and a pediatric unit. Other specialty areas include the mammography center; outpatient rehabilitation, including physical, occupational and speech therapy; a fitness center for cardiac rehabilitation; and the Arlington Memorial imaging center.

About Texas Health Resources Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States. The 13-hospital system is the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served and includes Arlington Memorial Hospital, Harris Methodist Hospitals and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Arlington Memorial Hospital and Texas Health Resources, visit