Jan 30, 2014, 2:12pm CST

Staff Writer- Dallas Business Journal
Mansfield Campus Expansion 500 1
Methodist Health System’s Board of Directors has approved a $118 million facility expansion plan to add a second patient tower with an eventual capacity of 118 beds to Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.

Scheduled to open in fall 2015, the new 110,000-square-foot tower will be at the northwest corner of the existing building. The expansion will have 34,000 square feet of additional operating rooms, cardiology and gastroenterology services and 64,000 square feet of additional support services including lab, materials management, biomed, and sterile processing.

The project also includes the expansion of support services to the acute care hospital.

Upon completion of the new tower in 2015, Methodist Mansfield will add up to 200 new hospital-based jobs within the next five years, hospital President John Phillips said.

“This expansion will equip us with the ability to meet the needs of our growing community population,” Phillips said.

Methodist Mansfield, which began as a community hospital in 2006, has already nearly doubled its capacity with multiple expansions in seven years.

The new tower initially will open with 54 beds, with shell space for 64 more.

The hospital currently has a women’s pavilion, a neonatal intensive care unit, labor and delivery suites and recovery services. The hospital also offers advanced cardiac care, including minimal invasive catheterization procedures and electrophysiology as well as robotic surgical services, and a radiology department.

“This hospital has served Mansfield and the surrounding area with compassionate quality health care,” Levi Davis, chairman of the Methodist Health System board of directors, said in a statement. “We look forward to the addition of this new tower and the role it will play in the stewardship of this community’s health for many years to come.”

Mansfield Mayor David Cook said access to first-rate health care facilities is crucial for any community.

“This expansion strengthens that access for our residents, while, at the same time, turns our community into a regional destination for health care services,” he said.