America’s No. 1 Place to Live Will Soon Get Top Quality Care
Texas Health and UT Southwestern Medical Center have teamed up to create the premier medical destination in the heart of the North Texas region’s premier lifestyle destination: Frisco.
If you’ve recently driven on the Dallas North Tollway near El Dorado Parkway in the Frisco area, you’ve probably seen it. The new health care campus currently under construction will soon house Texas Health Hospital Frisco and a medical office building operated by UT Southwestern. The result will be a blend of the best of the two world-class health care systems, and a destination for residents of Frisco and nearby communities to receive outstanding care.
Frisco’s economy is strong and its public schools are considered outstanding, which are two reasons Money named Frisco the best place to live in America in 2018. Frisco’s growth is part of what makes it a good place for Texas Health to next call “home”.
When the medical office complex opens in December 2019, it will be a one-of-a-kind structure built using innovative materials and ergonomic design approaches that focus on creating a highly functional and harmonious space for health and healing.
“We were careful to take note of the wants and needs of the surrounding community from the very beginning of the design process,” said Brett Lee, president of Texas Health Frisco. “We got input from local residents, neighborhood associations and city leaders. We think the result of that work will be something everyone will be proud of.”
Touches You Might Not Expect
Texas Health Frisco will open with 80 beds and will offer a wide range of services to area residents, including a 24/7 emergency room, surgical services, physical medicine and rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging, women’s services and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The UT Southwestern Medical Center medical office building will house primary care practices and a multispecialty clinic with innovative concussion rehabilitative care and a brain institute, cancer screening and treatment services, and other specialty offerings. Patients will have access to a medical staff of community physicians as well as physicians from the UT Southwestern faculty. Some non-traditional services will include boot camps and yoga classes to promote wellness and wellbeing.
In addition to its many services, much attention has been paid to how the new health care campus will blend in with the Frisco landscape and how natural light and other design features will affect people inside the hospital. Wind, light and noise conditions in the area were considered in determining where the main hospital and medical office building should sit on the 20-acre property.
One unique feature to which patients and visitors will have access is a wooded skybridge connecting the office building to the main hospital. Its design is intended to promote the feeling of walking underneath a canopy of trees while still being enclosed and protected from the weather. There will also be walking trails and natural building materials like wood and limestone, along with a rainwater irrigation system.
“We decided to pursue a greener approach to building by reducing consumption and finding ways to be better stewards of the natural resources in the area,” explained Kirk King, Texas Health’s Hospital Channel chief operating officer. “Native plant life will be strategically placed around the parking lots to collect excess water fall and release it back into the soil underground. This will allow the land surrounding Texas Health Frisco to flourish. The increased connectivity to the natural environment is also meant to promote wellness and healing for patients and a peaceful environment for their families, visitors and caregivers.”
“We put a lot of thought into every aspect of this facility, keeping in mind what our patients and the people of Frisco want. I can’t wait for our doors to open and the community to be able to benefit from this beautiful campus and its next-level care,” Lee added.
To follow along with the progress on the new Texas Health Frisco and UT Southwestern medical office building, visit TexasHealth.org/Texas-Health-Frisco.