Top out and a new name for expanded Fort Worth hospital emergency facility
A $58 million expansion of the emergency department at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth was topped out this morning with a ceremony that included the announcement of a new name, the Marion Emergency Care Center. The naming recognizes Anne Marion, president of the Burnett Foundation, a lead donor on the project along with Texas Medicine Resources, the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth Auxiliary, Amon G. Carter Foundation, Preston M. Geren family, and Crystelle Waggoner Trust.
Community gifts and pledges have already exceeded $13 million in support of the center’s $57 million budget, with the Burnett Foundation contributing the lead gift. Texas Health Resources Foundation President Jay McAuley expects $20 million or more will be given.
The three-story, 75,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in January 2014. It nearly triple the size of the hospital's existing emergency department and increase patient beds from 63 to 90. It is located at W. Terrell and Fifth avenues.
“Our new emergency care center is the culmination of years of soliciting input from multiple city- and county-wide organizations in order to best create a facility that responds to the needs of our community,” said Dr. John Geesbreght, the hospital’s medical director of emergency services. “I believe Texas Health Fort Worth has done just that.”
-- Jim Fuquay