Methodist Health System Opens Charles A. Sammons Tower


Methodist Dallas Medical Center will unveil the first patient care tower in Dallas devoted to emergency, trauma, and critical care when it officially opens the Charles A. Sammons Tower on Monday, July 28. The six-story, 248,000-square-foot tower includes a new 59-bed emergency department, eight integrated operating suites, 36-bed surgical intensive care unit (SICU), and 34-bed neurocritical care unit (NCCU), which expands the hospital’s total number of beds to 558.

Methodist Dallas, a critical safety-net hospital, is one of only three adult trauma centers in Dallas County and the only one in southern Dallas County. The medical center’s emergency department treats more than 60,000 patients annually, including 1,600 trauma patients. The tower expansion provides the hospital with increased capacity to treat 90,000 patients annually. Currently designated as a level II trauma center, the hospital completed the survey process in July to receive level I verification and expects formal notification within the next eight to 12 weeks.

“The $123-million investment by Methodist Health System in southern Dallas County is the first by a corporation in recent years and one of the largest ever. It demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the southern sector,” said Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, president and CEO, Methodist Health System. “Methodist Health System has experienced aggressive growth during the past several years, and is proud to be the largest employer in Southern Dallas.”

The overall design of the new tower promotes efficiencies and provides a healing atmosphere by incorporating an abundance of natural lighting into patient care and lobby areas. Trauma rooms, operating suites, and patient rooms were constructed with additional space to accommodate advanced critical care medical equipment and enhance patient comfort.

“For more than 85 years, Methodist Dallas has been committed to serving Dallas with innovative medical services,” said Laura Irvine, FACHE, president, Methodist Dallas Medical Center. “The new Sammons Tower advances emergency, trauma, and critical care services extending our mission to improve and save lives.”

The tower’s distinct layout focuses on decentralized nursing by locating nurses closer to patients. The pod design of the new emergency department supports efficiencies that will enhance patient care. Each pod features private patient rooms with dedicated support services to allow staff to spend more time with patients. Pods are arranged so they can be staffed up or down based on patient demand. Natural light plays a critical role throughout the design of the patient floors with glass being used to lessen noise while improving visibility.

“We challenged architect Perkins+Will and general contractor Austin Commercial,” said Irvine. “The design required the architects and contractor to maximize available space, replacing a 150,000-square-foot office building with a new 248,000-square-foot critical care tower and tying into three floors of the existing hospital. They rose to the challenge and have provided a beautiful new healing environment for patients.”

Since 2007, Methodist Health System has experienced unprecedented growth — effectively doubling the size of the 85-year-old health care system in the past six years — allowing it to maintain and expand a deep commitment to serving the health care needs of North Texans from all walks of life. In April, Methodist Richardson Medical Center opened its new $120-mllion, 125-bed, four-story hospital at the corner of Renner Road and President George Bush Turnpike, and in March, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center broke ground on its new $118 million patient care tower.

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Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas.  Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at To see why Methodist Health System is a brilliant choice for your career, join our talent community at and connect with us through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our blog.


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