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FM hospital set to open in April

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound is preparing to open its doors to the residents of Flower Mound, Lewisville, Double Oak, Highland Village and surrounding communities.  The much-anticipated opening marks a major milestone in community development in southern Denton County.  A grand opening ceremony on April 30 will give community leaders their first inside look at the new hospital.

“This hospital will become an integral part of the community,” said Rick Carter, president of Texas Health Flower Mound.  “People of southern Denton County now have a quality, full-service, acute care hospital within minutes of where they live and work.  The population of Denton County has almost doubled in the last decade, and much of that growth has occurred in Flower Mound, Lewisville, Highland Village and communities to the north and west.  This new hospital is perfectly situated to serve people in all those areas.”

The hospital is a joint venture between Texas Health Resources and local physicians through a partnership developed by Texas Health Partners.

Michael Hisey, M.D., chairman of the board of managers of the hospital and a resident of Flower Mound, said, “I believe I speak for the physicians in the partnership and on the medical staff when I say we are very excited to be a part of this wonderful addition to our communities.  We now have a hospital close to home that provides a wide range of health care services in a quality, family-friendly environment.  Texas Health Resources and Texas Health Partners have a strong track record of collaborating with physicians to provide convenient access to quality care and advanced technology in a compassionate, healing environment.”

Texas Health Flower Mound will open with approximately 100 inpatient beds, an emergency department and a wide range of medical services including services for women and children.  The medical staff will consist of 200+ physicians representing more than 25 specialties.  The hospital is expected to employee between 500 and 600 people by its third year of operation.

“Every Texas Health hospital has at its core the mission to improve the health of the people in the community,” said Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health.  “Having Presbyterian in the name of the Flower Mound hospital reflects our faith-based foundation and our philosophy of caring for the whole individual – body, mind and spirit.  One of the reasons we chose to build the hospital where it is in Flower Mound is our belief that the beauty of the surroundings will enhance the healing environment and uphold our belief of treating the whole person.”

The campus layout provides patient views of a beautiful tree-covered environment and includes healing gardens of respite and walking trails for patients and families to enjoy the park-like surroundings.  Design and construction standards for the hospital incorporated many of the latest developments in “green building” technology, making it one of the most environmentally-friendly hospitals in the country.  For example, 20 percent of the construction materials contained recycled content or were locally produced.  Energy use is expected to be approximately 15 percent less and water use approximately 30 percent less than similar-size facilities using typical construction.  Bicycle racks and preferred parking for hybrid and carpool vehicles are included to encourage alternative transportation options.

HKS Inc. was the architectural design firm, and Balfour Beatty was the primary construction contractor for the hospital.

The hospital is on FM 2499/Long Prairie Road near the intersection with Windsor Drive.  The campus occupies a 12-acre site in The River Walk at Central Park, and the hospital is the first facility to be completed as part of the development.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.texashealth.org.

Special to The Cross Timbers Gazette

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