For the second year in a row, GRACE (Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange) and Forest Park Medical Center have joined forces to help give back to the community. The Forest Park Southlake family participated in a hospital-wide food drive, provided more than 400 lbs of food to GRACE. On December 15th, Charles Nasem, CEO of Forest Park Southlake, was joined by the Forest Park Southlake employees who gathered around the hospital’s Christmas tree, and toasted GRACE with hot cider and cocoa.
Accepting the donation on behalf of the GRACE Board was Southlake Mayor, John Terrell. Mayor Terrell also accepted a token crystal bell for GRACE engraved, “GRACE, for Answering the Bell in Our Community.”
The City of Southlake supports GRACE’s efforts in Southlake, Keller, and Colleyville. For more information about the City’s community service organizations, please visit CityofSouthlake.com/
Forest Park Medical Center opened its Southlake hospital with much fanfare in June 2013. Less than a year later, it is celebrating another milestone: the topping off ceremony of the new four-story medical office building adjoining the main facility (in front of the parking garage). Construction began October 2013 and it is scheduled to be complete this August.
At 88,000 square feet, the medical office building will house an urgent care center, pharmacy, bank, various physician practices, and possibly a women’s imaging suite.
The new medical office building is being built by Adolfson & Peterson Construction, Neal Richards Group and LandPlan Development for approximately $19 million. Representatives from each company, along with Forest Park Medical Center administrators and City of Southlake council members, attended the topping off ceremony March 19.
“The event today is meant to take a moment to recognize the hard work up to this point and look ahead at the work still to be done. All project partners took time to celebrate the creation of an environment that will make a difference in the lives of patients and their families,” stated by Reed Williams of LandPlan Development.
With 142,000 square feet, the hospital is equipped with 54 private inpatient rooms; 10 VIP suites; 12 large operating suites; six ICU beds; two endoscopy/special procedure suites; and full-service imaging, MRI and CT scan; Forest Park Medical Center Southlake also contains emergency and intensive care departments that are staffed by physicians 24/7.
Forest Park Medical Center, a physician-owned, physician-run hospital system, focuses on providing unsurpassed surgical specialty care. By focusing on specific key areas of surgery and a keen emphasis on the latest and most effective technology in medical care, Forest Park offers cost effective care for patients and their employers and an efficient way of practicing for its physicians. For more information about Forest Park Medical Center Southlake, go to www.ForestParkSouthlake.com.
At 142,000 square feet, the new Forest Park Medical Center on S.H. 114 between Carroll Avenue and White Chapel Boulevard is hard to miss. The three-story hospital and four-level parking garage officially opens June 10. An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held May 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
With campuses already open in Dallas and Frisco and three more under development in Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio, Forest Park Medical Center is not new to healthcare. According to Charles D. Nasem, CEO of Forest Park Medical Center Southlake, coming to the City was a combination of timing and demand.
“We received many requests from the community over the past several years for a hospital in Southlake. We appreciate the support of the community and our partnership with the chamber and city officials, and look forward to seeing everyone at our open house on May 29,” he says, noting there will be 200 physicians and 150 nurses and other staff members onsite within the first year.
Spacious and open, the two-story lobby resembles a hotel more than a hospital. Floor-to-ceiling windows, whimsical artwork, intimate seating areas, a water feature, fireplace, and flat screen televisions are designed to provide a warm, comforting environment for patients and family. Patient updates and notifications will be displayed on the TV monitors. Also located on the first floor is a Starbucks coffee shop with café seating and a restaurant with self-serve salad bar, fresh sandwiches and hot entrees.
“The dining room looks like an upscale restaurant, not your typical hospital cafeteria, because we realize eating is comfort to people,” explains Kandace Cortez, director of PR and marketing.
But what Forest Park Medical Center prides itself on most is its state-of-the-art surgical facilities and using the most advanced technology in its offerings, which range from plastic surgery and spine surgery to gynecology and oncology. This includes 12 large operating “suites” that include high-resolution video displays, touch-screen control, and digital information archiving integrated to reduce dependence on mobile equipment, increase patient flow, and improve patient outcomes.
Well-equipped with 54 private inpatient rooms; 10 VIP suites; six ICU beds; two endoscopy/special procedure suites; and full-service imaging, MRI and CT scan; Forest Park Medical Center Southlake also contains emergency and intensive care departments that are staffed by physicians 24/7.
“We care about the comfort of our patients. From the minute they walk in the door and all the way through discharge, our patients and families experience five-star service. Forest Park Medical Center Southlake offers 10 VIP suites that have an extra room attached for family to spend the night, much like a hotel room,” states Nasem.
One of the most unique features of the new facility is its rooftop garden that is visible from nearly all patient rooms and accessible from patient floors. The rooftop garden is part of the organization’s sustainability efforts and one of the reasons the building is silver certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program standards. Other environmentally-friendly construction methods used were FSC-certified wood, regional materials, recycled content, water use reduction, and energy efficient equipment
“Conforming to the LEED standards is not only good for the environment, but also reduces energy consumption significantly, which translates into more resources we can put into patient care. To achieve LEED certification, Forest Park Medical Center Southlake was built using sustainable materials and has efficient filtration and irrigation systems, as well as a recycling program,” adds Nasem.
The facility has room to expand with the needs of the community. The next project scheduled for development is a medical office building. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and be completed spring 2014.
Forest Park Medical Center, a physician-owned, physician-run hospital system, focuses on providing unsurpassed surgical specialty care. By focusing on specific key areas of surgery and a keen emphasis on the latest and most effective technology in medical care, Forest Park offers cost effective care for patients and their employers and an efficient way of practicing for its physicians. Across the Forest Park system, overall patient satisfaction scores are 11 percent higher than the national average. For more information about Forest Park Medical Center Southlake, go to www.forestparksouthlake.com.