New medical center planned for northern Tarrant County

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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Posted on December 1, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 1 at 10:37 PM

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FORT WORTH — If you live north of Interstate 30 in Tarrant County, you may have to travel for miles to get to a major hospital.

"We know there are not enough health care resources in north Fort Worth," said Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle president Winjie Miao.

That's why a parcel of pasture near Alliance Airport will soon be home to a state-of-the-art medical center.

"What this means is less commute traveling time to get care," Miao said. "People will be able to reach care faster in their community."

Texas Health Harris Methodist Alliance, at the corner of Golden Triangle Boulevard and Old Denton Road, will have an emergency room and a women's health care center to deliver babies.

"Moms and dads can sleep better knowing there's a place to give birth to their child right around the corner," Miao said.

Currently, it takes MedStar ambulances almost 30 minutes to get patients from north Fort Worth to downtown-area hospitals; that means an ambulance will be out of service for more than an hour.

The new hospital will help get people help faster.

"In parts of our service area in remote areas, that means it will only take 10 to 11 minutes," said MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new hospital are set for Friday; it is expected to open in 2012.

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