New medical facilities in Frisco increase medical specialties accessible to residents


Frisco’s medical presence is about to become larger as construction nears completion on new medical facilities.

There are three medical facilities under construction in Frisco: Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children North Campus and Texas Health Frisco. All of these facilities will bring their own specialties to the residents of Frisco and surrounding areas.

Frisco Mayor Pro Tem Will Sowell said the increased number of medical facilities will provide much-needed services to the city and region.

“It strengthens our economy by bringing new and different jobs to Frisco and it brings comfort to people that live not just in Frisco but in the region that don’t have to travel so
far for specialized medical care,” Sowell said.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children North Campus
Jeremy Howell, Vice President of Scottish Rite North Campus, said a large portion of the hospital’s patients—approximately 25 percent—at the main campus in Dallas come from Frisco and surrounding areas.

“Our main hospital campus does not just serve downtown Dallas, but we treat patients from all over the state of Texas and some from outside the state,” Howell said. “So, when you look at 25 percent coming from one area and considering that we treat patients from everywhere, that’s a big patient population.”

Howell said that the hospital looked at that percentage and decided to open a second campus in Frisco to provide a point of access for families in Frisco and surrounding areas that would be closer to them. Texas Scottish Rite is a pediatric orthopedic hospital specializing in the treatment of orthopedic conditions and sports injuries.

Currently, Scottish Rite has a temporary campus in Plano which will close down once the Frisco campus opens in fall 2018 at the northeast corner of Lebanon Road and Dallas North Tollway.

The Frisco campus will be anchored by the Center of Excellence in Sports Medicine that will specialize in the treatment of sports-related orthopedic conditions and concussions. The campus will also have a new fracture clinic—currently located in Plano—that will provide walk-in services for patients without physician referral or an appointment. The campus will also provide an educational outreach program to improve athletic safety within schools and sports teams.

Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star
Baylor Scott & White, which is the largest nonprofit health care system in Texas, partnered with the Dallas Cowboys and Frisco ISD to bring a research facility to The Star in Frisco. The facility will focus on sports medicine research and include a Gatorade Sports Science Institute, which will study the effects of nutrition on the human body before, during and after exercise.

Baylor Scott & White Health has served the Frisco area for 15 years with medical facilities such as Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Frisco and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center- Centennial.

“Our mission with Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star is to make Texas the safest place in the country to play sports, and we believe Frisco – Sports City, U.S.A. – is the perfect location for this important work,” said LaVone Arthur, chief strategy officer at Baylor Scott & White Health. “Through our collaboration with the Dallas Cowboys and Frisco ISD, we believe our new facility will become a destination for patients who will travel here from around the state and across the country.”

The facility will also incorporate Fusionetics technology into its Sports Performance Program. Fusionetics uses technology to get athletes—both professional and amateur—to decrease injuries, optimize performance and enhance recovery.

Research at the facility will also include concussion prevention and a Brain Injury Program as part of its outpatient rehabilitation services.

The facility, which began construction in October 2016, will be complete by early 2018.

Texas Health Frisco
Texas Health Frisco broke ground in August and is expected to be complete in fall 2019 at the southeast corner of Cobb Hill Drive and the Dallas North Tollway.

The 20-acre medical campus will be in partnership with UT Southwestern and will include an office building and an 80-bed acute care hospital.

Aaron Bujnowski, Texas Health’s Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, said when Texas Health Resources opened a hospital in Plano in 1991, it was the only hospital of its kind in North Dallas, and there were always plans to continue to expand northward.

“What we want to do is make sure that people look at Texas Health as a network of highly collaborative hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices,” Bujnowski said.

Texas Health Frisco will include an extension of the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute providing neurology, spine surgery, and a state-of-the-art concussion rehabilitation center.

The campus will also be an extension of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center which will offer programs for breast and colon cancer screening and treatment.

“If you look at the number of medical facilities that will be coming online for the next several years, many of them are specialty, whether it’s a children’s hospital or sports medicine,” Sowell said. “It provides us with a greater breadth of services for our residents and area.”

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Nicole Luna is the Senior Reporter for Frisco. She covers development, transportation, education, business and city government. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Spanish from The University of Texas at Arlington and has been with Community Impact Newspaper since June 2015.
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