North Fort Worth hospital hopes to meet high demand

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 14 at 6:21 PM

FORT WORTH – In North Fort Worth, one of the fastest growing corridors in the country, demand for the Texas Health Alliance Hospital is so high that surgeries and baby deliveries are already scheduled for its opening day. 

Devices will track the location of every employee and patient to speed up efficiency and response time. Workers are prepping operating rooms, installing equipment and running cables for last minute touches to the hospital.

"We'll have 55 inpatient beds," said operations manager Clint Abernathy, "We'll have 15 ed beds, 12 ICU’s, an eight-bed NICU, level 3 NICU; we'll basically be a fully functional hospital."

The facility at I-35 and Golden Triangle is much needed. Population in the Alliance area has more than doubled in the past decade, Census figures show. 

Ambulances used to drive half an hour in traffic to the nearest hospital. The Alliance hospital should speed up critical care, as well as offer some high tech amenities to patients who stay awhile.

"They have the opportunity to access their medical record on the screen right there at their bedside," says project consultant Kathleen Cox. 

Patients can also order meals and watch movies on their bedside screen.

North Fort Worth residents are invited to enjoy a free community celebration and preview of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 15. 

The facility officially opens its doors for business Wednesday at 8 a.m.

Email jstjames@wfaa.com

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