Methodist Richardson Medical Center Announces $120 Million Expansion
By Ken Hutchenrider Jr., FACHE
President, Methodist Richardson Medical Center
The city of Richardson just got some great news. Methodist Richardson Medical Center is planning a $120 million, four-story, 125-bed acute care hospital for the Bush/Renner campus. As the leader of Methodist Richardson, I’m proud, excited, and keenly aware of the tremendous responsibility our organization has to care for the well-being of the residents of Richardson and surrounding communities. For more than 40 years, the patients and families in our service area have trusted us with their health. Now we are pleased to strengthen our commitment to them with the construction of this advanced, 266,000-square-foot medical center.
The final design for the new Bush/Renner medical center involved visiting many health care facilities across the country to evaluate work flow efficiencies, comfort, patient- and family-friendliness, and overall contribution to healing. Our final design brings the best ideas together to create what will be one of the leading health care facilities in the country.
The new medical center will feature:
- A women’s pavilion
- A level III neonatal intensive care unit
- Labor, delivery, and recovery services
- Advanced cardiac care including catheterization, electrophysiology, and surgical services
- Advanced neurosciences program
- Outpatient surgical services with a focus on minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci® robotic surgical system
- Comprehensive imaging technologies for enhanced diagnostic services and treatment.
The facility’s all-private patient rooms will incorporate a unique, highly efficient design with three distinct zones — the family zone next to the window, the patient zone around the bed, and the caregiver zone surrounding the patient zone.
The architectural design of the medical center incorporates lots of glass, bringing natural light into patient care and lobby areas. Outpatient services will be conveniently located on the ground floor, and many of our employee break rooms will have outside balconies, enabling staff to easily step outside for a breath of fresh air.
What benefits will this new Bush/Renner medical center offer and how does it integrate with our current medical center on Campbell Road? The facility is really the means to achieving a desired outcome. It will put the latest diagnostic and treatment resources at the fingertips of our exceptional team of physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals to provide our patients and families with the quality of care and outstanding experience that will help them regain their optimal state of health. It will also serve as the anchor of the Bush/Renner campus that currently includes a comprehensive cancer center, full-service emergency room, and physician office building.
After ground is broken in late summer or early fall 2012, construction is expected to take 24 months. The opening of the medical center in fall 2014 will bring a realignment of health care services to better serve the growing needs of the community. Acute care services will be centralized at the Bush/Renner medical center, while the Campbell Road campus will continue to offer a full-service emergency department, outpatient diagnostic and laboratory services, behavioral health services, and physician office building, and we will be adding long-term acute care, hospice, and inpatient rehabilitation services. By adding these acute care services at the Bush-Renner campus, we will be able to expand the scope of Methodist Richardson’s caring network to the growing communities of Wylie, Sachse, and Murphy.
In addition to improving the health of the communities we serve, we will be improving the area’s economic vitality. We’re adding 100 new positions, resulting in a total employee base of 1,000. We’re also expanding our medical expertise with physicians representing 35 specialties.
The expansion at the Bush/Renner campus along with the specialized services available at the Campbell location will equip Methodist Richardson with the ability to meet the needs of our community, allowing us to be the trusted provider for every generation.
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