Methodist Southlake Hospital, which took over the former Forest Park Medical Center along State Highway 114 in May, officially greeted community members at a dedication ceremony September 27. A crowd filled the expansive lobby to meet hospital leaders and physicians, and partake in the ceremonial ribbon cutting that followed with the Southlake Chamber of Commerce.
Reverend Judy Hunt from White’s Chapel United Methodist Church began with a dedication prayer, followed by Julie Stumberg, group vice president for Methodist Southlake Hospital, who welcomed guests. “Today is a new day for Methodist Southlake Hospital. We are wholly committed to this city and its people, and are proud to offer them an outstanding healthcare facility.”
Methodist Southlake Hospital – which is affiliated with Dallas-based Methodist Health System that operates seven specialty hospitals in North Texas – renamed the three-year-old building May 17 when it was acquired from Forest Park Medical Center out of bankruptcy. Since that time, the hospital has been transitioning physicians and staff to the new ownership while continuing to treat patients and perform procedures.
To facilitate the transition and streamline operations, Methodist Health System partnered with NueHealth, which provides day-to-day management and affordable care opportunities through provider networks that they develop and integrate. As a result, Methodist Southlake Hospital accepts several insurance plans, as well as Medicare and Medicaid.
As part of the purchase agreement, Methodist Health System owns a 51 stake in the hospital operation, with the physician investors retaining the other 49 percent.
“The beauty of this model is that responsibility is shared with the physicians, NueHealth and us. All of the elements are now in place to serve this beautiful, growing community and we have big plans for the future,” stated President and CEO of Methodist Health System Stephen Mansfield, noting there are 20 acres left to develop on the property. “Southlake is the number one community we wanted to have a hospital in and we’re honored to be here.”
With 140,000 square feet, 54 inpatient rooms, 12 operating suites, and six intensive care unit rooms, Methodist Southlake Hospital is the largest healthcare center in the city. Methodist Southlake Hospital currently offers 20 surgical specialties, imaging, pathology, an emergency department, and onsite pharmacy.
Southlake Mayor Laura Hill, who was in attendance along with State Senator Konni Burton, State Representative Giovanni Capriglione, and Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes, welcomed Methodist Health System to the city.
“This is a great day for Southlake and we are honored that you have chosen our city as your new hometown. We are fortunate that Southlake has become home to a renowned medical community to serve our citizens and residents throughout the area,” she stated.
Methodist Southlake Hospital is located at 421 E. State Highway 114. For more information, call (817) 865-4400 or visit www.methodistsouthlake.com.
This article was provided by Tracy Southers with WordPlay, LLC.