HMSW Celebrates Tree Topping Ceremony of Tower Expansion
11/18/2005

FORT WORTH – Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital (HMSW) will hold a tree topping ceremony for the new five-floor tower, located north of the existing hospital entrance, on Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, at 2 p.m. The tower will more than double the physical space of the hospital as well as the bed capacity to accommodate the increasing number of patients from the southwest Fort Worth area, one of the fastest growing geographic areas of the region. It is the most significant expansion of HMSW since its inception in 1987.

Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital began construction on the new $60 million five-story tower in October 2004. The tower will add a total of 144 new beds to the 85 already existing on the campus to create 239 private patient rooms. Two medical surgical floors, an Obstetrical/Women's floor, an intensive care floor and physician office space will also be included.

“The Board of trustees and medical staff are excited that Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital is growing to meet the needs of this rapidly expanding area of Tarrant County,” said Patsy Thomas, chair of the HMSW board of trustees. “Without the tireless dedication of the medical and hospital staffs, this new patient tower would not have been possible. We are proud to be able to double our size to improve health in the communities we serve.”

HMSW's service area is expected to have an 8.5 percent population growth by 2008. The patient and population base will require additional services and expanded bed capacity. Through this expansion, HMSW is rapidly transitioning into the anchor of the southwest medical district.

The first phase of construction, which includes the 36-bed medical surgical unit and 36-bed telemetry unit, will be completed by fall 2006. The remaining floors will be completed by spring 2007. For a virtual tour of the 36-bed medical surgical unit of the new five-story tower, log on to www.texashealth.org/hmsw.

“Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital has the reputation of delivering high quality health care for the southwest Tarrant community and the new patient tower will greatly expand our capacity,” said Walter Halpenny, M.D., chief of staff.

About Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital
Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital is affiliated with Texas Health Resources and has served the residents of southwest Tarrant County since 1987. A full-service hospital built with its patients in mind, Harris Methodist Southwest offers comprehensive health care services. The personal approach to health care includes 24-hour emergency services, women's services, inpatient and outpatient services, rehabilitation services, diagnostic services and a variety of education classes.

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 Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.