Medical City Alliance began providing care to patients on its new fifth-floor addition April 27, according to Matt Eiserloh, the hospital's director of community and public relations.

The fifth floor is part of a $51.4 million expansion project that will bring the Fort Worth hospital’s total bed count from 99 to 159 in an effort to keep up with need, according to an April 28 press release.

“With the added pressure of the pandemic, we all witnessed firsthand that this facility was pushed to its limits,” Medical City Alliance CEO Glenn Wallace said during an April 27 ribbon-cutting event. “I believe I speak for everyone when I say just how excited we are that this unit is now complete.”

The hospital opened on North Tarrant Parkway in 2012 with three floors, but officials said the plan was always to add more floors.

The 24 new medical-surgical beds are now available on the fifth floor. Work is still underway on part of the fifth floor and all of the fourth floor. Those areas will add medical-surgical, progressive care or intensive care beds as needed based on population growth.

“As the community continues to grow, we need to grow with it so that we can make sure we serve them well,” said Marquita Sparkman, Medical City Alliance director of clinical operations. “Opening up this floor will allow us to be able to better serve our community, ... [to] get them admitted faster and into the room as quickly as possible to get the best care.”

The hospital's new fifth floor was designed around providing comfortable space for patients’ families and new technology, Wallace said.

In addition to the new floors, the expansion adds space to the hospital’s emergency room and laboratories, according to the press release.