Texas Health Resources to build new hospital

Texas Health Resources, a 14-hospital healthcare system serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has announced plans to build a new full-service hospital.

Texas Health has purchased land in the northern part of Tarrant County, a fast-growing urban county that includes Fort Worth.

"North Tarrant County (has) limited healthcare resources to meet the needs of residents," said Barclay Berdan, senior executive vice president of system alignment and performance. "Growth in this market will give us the opportunity to provide better coordination of care for patients throughout Tarrant and surrounding counties as well as reach new patients."

Groundbreaking for the new hospital is scheduled for fall of 2010. Berdan said Texas Health hopes to begin offering services in late 2011.

"Our top priority is to bring necessary medical services to the community so that care can be accessed close to home," he said.

Texas Health is in the early designing and planning stages of the hospital, which will include an emergency room, outpatient and surgical services, physician offices and acute-care inpatient beds.

The health system has had a presence in north Tarrant County since 2006.

Texas Health's system includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Presbyterian, as well as an organization for medical research and education.