Baylor Health Care System Breaks Ground on New Medical Center at McKinney

McKinney Development to be Baylor’s Fourth Hospital in Collin County

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Baylor Health Care System (BHCS) will break ground on 332,000-square-foot Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, located on 58 acres at the northwest corner of Highway 380 and Lake Forest Drive. Baylor will host a groundbreaking at 10 a.m. Health care system officials anticipate completion of the estimated $212 million 95 bed, four-story hospital and medical office complex by Summer 2012.

Services at the medical center will include obstetrics and gynecology; general surgery; cardiovascular care including cardiac catheterization; gastroenterology, including endoscopy services; orthopaedics; neurology and neurosurgery; internal medicine; a full-service emergency department, and extensive outpatient services.

"The health care services provided by this new hospital will meet the increasing medical needs of this community," says Joel Allison, president and CEO, Baylor Health Care System.  "We look forward to building what will prove to be an innovative facility offering exemplary health care for the residents of McKinney, close to their homes."

The population of McKinney and the surrounding area is expected to grow 34.5 percent between 2006 and 2011.  According to the most recent Census data (released March 21, 2007), Collin County is the eighth-fastest growing county in the nation in numbers of people. In fact, Collin County is growing faster than Denton and Dallas counties. As the community grows, Baylor plans to grow with it. The infrastructure of the main hospital will be built to accommodate a total of 12 floors and more than 400 beds.

"Baylor has a long-standing tradition of partnering with physicians to provide quality patient care," says Michael Taylor, senior vice president, Baylor. "We have been working with a core group of physicians and a clinical design team for the past twelve months on an innovative design that incorporates the latest advances in information technology and supports our commitment to quality." Physician practices will be located in an adjacent medical office building.

Currently, Baylor operates three hospitals in Collin County.  Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, an acute medical and surgical hospital, opened in December 2004.  Most recently, THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano, Collin County's first dedicated heart and vascular hospital, opened in January 2007 on the Baylor Plano campus.  Baylor Medical Center at Frisco opened in 2002 and completed a $60 million expansion in the fall of 2007. 

Baylor’s partners in developing the new hospital and property are RTKL Architects, CB Richard Ellis, and MEDCO Construction. 

Baylor Health Care System, a not-for-profit health care provider based in North Texas, is a growing network of hospitals, primary care and specialty care centers, rehabilitation clinics, senior health centers, and affiliated ambulatory surgery centers. 

An employer of more than 16,000 people, Baylor ranks as one of the largest private-sector employers in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  Founded as a Christian ministry of healing, Baylor exists to serve all people through exemplary health care, education, research and community service. For fiscal year 2007, Baylor Health Care System will report $390 million in community benefits to the Department of State Health Services. 

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