Medical City Frisco expanding women’s services to meet community demand

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Medical City Frisco is in the process of expanding its services and facilities to meet the growing demand in Frisco and north Collin County.

The hospital is spending more than $50 million to expand its women’s services and to build a five-story medical office building.

Medical City Frisco CEO Charles Gressle said since Medical City Healthcare acquired the hospital in 2016, the number of patients served has increased rapidly. The hospital was formerly known as Forest Park Medical Center, and in 2015 it filed for bankruptcy. In early 2016, HCA North Texas, now Medical City Healthcare, purchased the hospital and took over operations.

“So when we acquired the hospital in April 2016, the [average daily number of patients]of all the 54 beds was one, and today we’re at capacity,” Gressle said. “We’ve grown tremendously and we need additional capacity.”

In its first year in operation, the hospital expanded its emergency department, adding beds and new medical equipment. The hospital also opened a new cardiac catheterization lab with special diagnostic imaging equipment to diagnose and treat coronary artery disease.

In January the hospital began construction on a $21.6 million renovation on its third and fourth floors of the hospital that would expand its women’s services. With the expansion, Medical City Frisco will be able to deliver babies in 13 luxury delivery and recovery rooms. The unit will also feature a six-bed, Level II neonatal intensive care unit with three dedicated cesarean section operating rooms and a 10-bed nursery. The unit is expected to open in October.

Currently, the hospital does not have the ability to deliver babies.

“We do have OB-GYNs doing mainly robotic surgery but we are not delivering babies,” Gressle said. “We have to have a team in place and this expansion will allow us to provide the care our mothers and babies need.”

Construction is expected to begin in November on a $35-million, five-story medical office building and surgery center just south of the hospital. There will also be a four-story parking garage attached to the building.

“The medical office building will have a mix of everything,” Gressle said. “We’re going to have pediatricians, OB-GYNs, primary care physicians, oncology, radiation, surgical specialists and more.”

Construction will take about a year, and the building will open at the end of 2019.

Gressle also said Medical City Frisco is working on an adult tower expansion just north of the main campus on the southeast corner of Main Street and Dallas Parkway. However, the plans and the approval process are still in the works.

“We’re responding to the community demand, and people in Frisco and northern Collin County don’t want to go south for their health care,” Gressle said. “That’s why we continue to recruit specialists and expand our services. I want us to be a great community hospital that provides every level of services patients need.”

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