Medical City Arlington in Texas has broken ground on a $144m expansion project, which includes a new patient tower, extra patient beds and other renovations.

The project will offer more hospital capacity and enable improved services for greater Arlington and nearby communities.

In addition, the project will feature a three-storey vertical expansion which is flexible for an expansion to nine storeys.

Construction work on the project is expected to complete by early 2025.

More than 127,000ft2 of space is being added as part of the project.

The new facility will include 60 additional patient care beds, eight private day surgery rooms, 12 extra post-anaesthesia (PACU) bays, a central energy plant, and two new neurosurgery and two orthopaedic surgery operating rooms.

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The new main lobby will link the patient tower and Medical City Women’s Hospital Arlington.

Medical City Arlington CEO Sharn Barbarin said: “After almost 50 years of providing healthcare excellence, our hospital is proud to continue to invest in the future of the Arlington community.

“This new patient tower will provide additional accommodations for our world-class caregivers in a variety of specialties, further enabling compassionate, clinically excellent services when and where our community needs them, close to home.”

Medical Center Arlington, which is a Level II Trauma Center with an emergency department that provided treatment for nearly 107,000 patients last year, is located in the Arlington and Tarrant County region to offer care for trauma, neuro-trauma, cardiovascular and medical or surgical patients.

Last year, the hospital improved its robotic surgery options and introduced the Centre for Lung Health that offers consultations and care coordination.

The tower is part of Medical City Healthcare’s major capital investment project, which includes building extensions, facility renovations, and advanced technology worth over $1.4bn spent or pledged over five years.