Physician-owned hospital slated to open in North Austin

[Updated 11 a.m. May 31 to include a statement from Forest Park Medical Center.]

Dallas-based Forest Park Medical Center is planning to build a new physician-owned hospital located in far North Austin near MoPac and SH 45 N, according to a site plan application filed April 11 with the City of Austin.

Donna Galati, senior planner with the city, said city staff completed a review of the plan May 29, but the plan has not yet been approved, a process that typically takes six months. Staffers are waiting on the applicant, engineering firm Bury + Partners, to submit an update, she said.

In a May 31 statement released by FPMC, officials said its state-of-the-art facilities focus on "providing unsurpassed surgical specialty care." The hospital group is planning a 145,000-square-foot surgical center that will "bring the latest and most effective technology in medical care to the Austin community," according to the statement.

Galati said the site plan indicates construction will consist of a hospital with 46 beds and 10 operating rooms, a medical office building and a parking garage. She said the plan also indicates the potential to expand the hospital in the future.

The Austin location is on 8.52 acres at 1201 W. Louis Henna Blvd., which is currently undeveloped land, according to the site plan. The land is located within Austin's 2-mile extraterritorial jurisdiction, which means the development does not have to follow the city's zoning regulations, Galati said.

FPMC has three other locations in Dallas, Frisco and one that held an open house May 29 in Southlake, with three others in development in Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin. The owner of the land in Austin is listed as Cousins La Frontera on the site plan application.

By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and later senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels.



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