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A new $100 million hospital extension is under construction in Denton, Texas, by Bovis Lend Lease’s USA and Triad Hospitals, Inc. It is expected to open in March 2005.
Known as the Presbyterian Hospital of Denton, the new facility will be managed by both Triad Hospitals and Texas Health Resources (THR).
The hospital’s service area includes more than 250,000 people in communities such as Denton, Little Elm, Gainesville and southern Oklahoma.
Under the agreement, for-profit Triad will keep 80% ownership in the hospital and Denton Community’s CEO Stan Morton will lead Presbyterian Denton for the non-profit THR.
Bovis Lend Lease USA, based in Nashville, is managing the fast-tracked construction of the five-story, 300,000ft² addition, while the adjacent community hospital, Denton Community hospital, remains fully operational.
HOSPITAL DESIGN AND FACILITIES
A second-floor, 260ft connector will join the two facilities. The new 162-bed extension will provide 142 private rooms and 20 beds in the intensive and critical care units. In addition, 28 extra beds will be available in the Emergency Department. There will be a total of 300 beds on the combined campus.
In terms of facilities, the new Presbyterian Hospital of Denton will feature nine operating rooms, two cardiac catheterization laboratories, an MRI (magnetic resonance imager), two CT scanners, procedure rooms, an ultrasound room, two endoscopy suites, 11 labor / delivery / recovery suites and meeting rooms.
After redevelopment, the replaced facility will provide expanded Women’s Center services for labor, delivery, diagnostics and treatment along with support and business office functions. There will also be education and community meeting spaces and two medical office buildings.
Anticipating future developments, the new facility will also have a shelled fifth floor in order to provide for a shorter construction time if bed capacity has to be expanded.
Triad officials are working on plans to redevelop the Denton Community facility to accommodate additional health and support services for diagnostics and treatment.
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS IN DENTON
“Constant concerns about inadequate bed capacity and the ability to meet the health needs of our growing market made the development of this project a necessity,” According to CEO Stan Morton: “Locally and nationally there have been stories about emergency room patients waiting hours for a bed to be available so they can be admitted. Also, capacity and ease of access for outpatient services were causing patient concerns.”
“There was no need for a third hospital in Denton, but this allowed us to enhance services without duplicating them,” said Dave Ashworth, executive vice president of strategy and system development for THR.
Ascension Group Architects LLP in Arlington has been commissioned as the architects. In addition this noted consultancy will provide; site analysis and acquisition assistance, feasibility analysis for several project-type development approaches, strategic service and volume projection analysis, space programming, masterplan development, architecture / interior design / health planning design / production / specification and a host of other services.
Denton Community presently has 550 employees and more than 250 doctors on staff. All are expected to work at Denton Presbyterian.
Triad, through its affiliates, owns and manages hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in small cities and selected larger urban markets. The company has 49 hospitals, including one under construction, and 14 ambulatory surgery centers in 17 states with approximately 8,700 licensed beds.
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, non-profit healthcare delivery systems in the United States. The system serves 29 counties in North Texas with a population of 5.4 million people.
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