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Medical City Fort Worth breaks ground on $64 million patient tower as expansion agenda rolls forward

Tower will help meet growing ER demand of average 15 percent growth year-over-year in patient visits over the last three years, hospital says.

Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

Artist's rendering of a new patient tower at Medical City Fort Worth.Artist's rendering of a new patient tower at Medical City Fort Worth.

Medical City Fort Worth broke ground Monday on construction of a $64 million, three-story patient tower located to the west of the main hospital, in an area formerly used as a parking lot.

The tower will include a new Emergency Department, a 28-bed intensive care unit and an additional rooftop helipad.

The project is part of more than $100 million in expansion and improvement projects at the hospital, some of which were completed in 2016. Other projects include an additional neuro-interventional radiology lab; a new cardiac electrophysiology lab; a new inpatient rehabilitation unit; two Da Vinci Xi robotic systems valued at $6.75 million; and upgrades to its operating room, MRI suite, anesthesia machines, ICU beds and monitors, and a new comprehensive liver program.

While the current ER has 19 patient rooms, the new one will have a total of 30, reflecting an increase in demand. According to a statement from Emergency Services Director Shawn Lewis, the ER has seen an average 15 percent growth year-over-year in patient visits over the last three years. Five of the rooms will be ready-care, fast-track rooms for lower acuity patients, eight will be pediatric-friendly rooms, three will be resuscitation rooms and two will be trauma rooms.

The tower is being funded through an investment from the hospital's parent company, HCA Healthcare, and is slated to open early in 2019.

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