Crews have been working this spring to make improvements to existing JPS Health Network facilities in Tarrant County while building new ones at the same time.

What’s happening

Construction on the temporary parking area was completed in late March, JPS President and CEO Dr. Karen Duncan said at an April Tarrant County Commissioners Court meeting. People can use this area to park while construction takes place on other parts of the hospital campus.

“The biggest part of any construction project is to figure out where people are going to park to be able to clear room to start building new facilities,” Duncan said.

Construction on the hospital district’s new Psychiatric Emergency Center began in October 2022 and is now “well under way,” Duncan said. Dirt is also moving on the Medical Outpatient Building in the opposite corner of the campus, she said.

The background

Projects with the hospital system’s master facility plan stem from a 2018 bond election Tarrant County voters approved with 82% of the vote. Phase 1 of the project was set at $625 million, with the total project expected to cost $1.5 billion. Once completed, the project will have reimagined several JPS facilities, including the JPS Hospital’s main campus, and created a new hospital complex adjacent to its existing location to help better care for patients needing mental health services.

Phase 1 of the project is set to be completed in late 2027, with the entire project finishing in 2029, documents show.

About the hospital

The main John Peter Smith Hospital campus is located at 1500 S. Main St., in Fort Worth. JPS Health Network serves all of Tarrant County, and has clinics located in Grapevine, Fort Worth, Euless and surrounding areas. A portion of the hospital’s operating budget comes from property taxes collected in Tarrant County, according to budget documents.