Weatherford Democrat

November 22, 2012

Hospital group plans Willow Park development

Christin Coyne

WILLOW PARK — Representatives of Texas Health Resources presented preliminary plans for a health campus to be located in Willow Park as early as 2014.

Though a site plan had not been officially filed with the City of Willow Park last week, city council and planning and zoning commission members got an early look Nov. 15 at plans for the development.

Texas Health Resources, which includes Harris Methodist hospitals in Fort Worth and Azle among the 25 hospitals in north Texas affiliated with the group, is looking at building a 40,000- to 41,000-square-foot integrated health campus at the northwest corner of Interstate 20 and Crown Pointe Lane, city officials were told.

It will be developed on an approximately 30-acre lot purchased in 2010. However, they plan to develop only on about 7 acres of it for the first phase.

Initial plans call for a single-story emergency department that includes an imaging center on the east side and a two- to three-story medical office building on the west side, council members were told.

There will also be a lobby that stands on its own south of the medical office building, according to plans presented to council.

Between the three parts of the building, they hope to create a courtyard with trees.

They expect to have an entrance leading to the emergency area off of Crown Pointe and an entrance to the building off the highway access road, as well, according to plans.

During phase two of development the emergency services department will expand to the east and the office building will expand to the north. That could be completed as early at 2016 depending on demand.

Phase three will include a full hospital, possibly starting with about 40 beds depending on demand. Texas Health Resources’ best rough guess on when that would occur was 2021 to 2023, council members were told.

Before the full hospital is completed, patients will not be able to stay overnight because the facility will have no beds.

However, the emergency department will include a physician on the premises 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, council was told. Eventually, they hope to build a helipad to quickly move patients, as well.

The group said they believe they will be primarily serving patients coming from the direction of Fort Worth.

Plans for the area have been in the works for some time.

Nearly $2 million was put in escrow by developers to fund a project moving the westbound exit for Mikus Road/Farm-to-Market Road 5 east by less than a mile.

That project is expected to open up that area of the interstate for development.

Across the road from the site, construction is currently ongoing on an apartment complex located on a 26-acre tract.