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Baylor Grapevine Opens New Patient Tower

Jul 10, 2013 11:37AM ● By tina

Beginning as a small clinic in 1953, Baylor Grapevine is the third largest facility in the Baylor Health Care System.

The Hospital's Latest Addition Showcases Stunning Renovations 

By Linden Wilson, Assistant Editor

In the early 1950s, Grapevine Clinic and Hospital opened as a one-story clinic staffed by only two physicians who pledged to care for what was then a tiny North Texas community of roughly 2,000 people. Sixty years later, the area population has grown dramatically, and from its humble beginnings, the hospital has significantly transformed into a premiere regional medical center with nearly 900 doctors on its medical staff.

In late 2011, the hospital broke ground on a $90 million new patient tower, completed last month. The latest project in an ongoing effort to accommodate a rapidly expanding community, the four-story tower comprises a host of remarkable additions, including 40 new beds (with space for an additional 68), a new radiology services area, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a dedicated Cardiovascular Center and space for four new operating rooms and nine new emergency department beds. These improvements and more will better enable the hospital to continue serving Northeast Tarrant and Southern Denton counties with quality patient care.


A Community History

In 1953, Drs. Ed and Minnie Lee Lancaster founded the hospital, now known as Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, as a simple six-bed facility. They provided patients with general care, low-risk surgeries, obstetrics and 24-hour emergency services. The doctors quickly developed trusting relationships with the patients, even opening their home for overnight stays if necessary. In 1981, after several decades of success and generations of growth, the Lancasters’ hospital — then at 55 beds — became a part of the esteemed Baylor Health Care System and is currently its third largest facility.

“The growth over the past 50 years has been pretty dramatic,” says Ron Jensen, D.O., the hospital’s vice president of medical affairs. “What was once truly a mom-and-pop organization is now a very large regional referral center.” The substantial increase in population throughout the area of North Texas that includes Grapevine and Southlake stemmed from people eager to take advantage of the wonderful lifestyles the cities have to offer.

“Along the way, our hospital has expanded services to meet the demand for the young families who are coming here, as well as the residents who have been here for many years,” says Steve Newton, West Region president at Baylor Health Care System. “If you’ve watched Baylor Grapevine over these many years, you’ll certainly have noticed that our beginnings as a small clinic are rapidly being overshadowed by the incredible facility expansion, new programs and new services. From delivering babies to open heart surgery and everything in between, it’s very important that members of this community know they can count on staying local for all of their healthcare needs instead of having to travel to other parts of North Texas.”

The hospital currently offers advanced cardiovascular services, women’s services, diagnostic imaging, neonatal intensive care and emergency care. Prior to the addition of the new patient tower, the hospital had more than 270 licensed beds, which included a new 20-bed Oncology Unit that was added during the fiscal year of 2011. During that year, 12,867 patients were admitted, 42,131 people visited the emergency room, 2,986 babies were delivered, and the hospital had 820 physicians on its medical staff. According to Dr. Jensen, with growth in the area continuing to rise steadily, it’s common for the hospital to have 15 to 20 new doctors join the medical staff each year.


Towering Success

Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine is no stranger to expansion. The hospital has added many new buildings over the years, including a women’s center in 1997, a therapy center in 1998, a cardiovascular unit in 2009 and a breast cancer center in 2011. The hospital has been able to adapt outstandingly and respond accordingly to the population swell by enhancing its services. According to the 2012 census, Grapevine’s population was more than 48,000 people, and Southlake’s was almost 28,000 — add the number of people who live in neighboring areas like Westlake, Keller and Colleyville, plus those who choose to travel from Dallas and Fort Worth metro areas, and it’s easy to see why the hospital has chosen to dedicate time and money to meet demands.

After a June 6 grand opening celebration that allowed distinguished guests and chief supporters of the hospital to tour the new patient tower, its cardiac, radiology and preadmission testing and access services areas opened June 10, followed by the inpatient beds on June 22 and the NICU on June 25.

“An interesting dynamic in this area is that many of the population are young, affluent, upwardly-mobile professionals who are starting families, and the women’s services part of the expansion addresses what they need,” says Dr. Jensen, who adds the new NICU more than doubles the current space’s footprint. It will also be very patient- and parent-friendly and provide a great work environment for all of the expert physicians on the hospital’s medical staff and the nurses who care for the most fragile of patients. The brand new cardiovascular center boasts more than advanced capabilities — it also houses improvements to the hospital’s cath labs, which will allow physicians to deliver care to patients having heart attacks or those who need to have coronary arteries opened up. Moreover, it will allow patients to stay in the same room rather than moving to different clinical areas as their levels of care change.

Aesthetically, the new patient tower’s primary feature is a fresh, magnificently designed main entrance that gives patients easy access to outpatient services and offers clear and convenient direction for them to get exactly where they need to be.

“It’s beautiful,” Dr. Jensen says. “It’s spacious, and it’s in keeping with the theme and style of Texas. When you walk in the front door, there are high ceilings and a lot of stone and wood. It doesn’t feel like a sterile hospital environment — it feels like you are walking into a five-star hotel.” Part of the stunning hospital entrance includes a Wall of Honor, a pictorial hallway built to celebrate the rich history, heritage and growth of local communities.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have a variety of contributions, time, talent and also money to support the creation of the new tower,” Newton says. “This wall features the names of many individuals who have provided donations and folks who have been a great part of the Baylor Grapevine story throughout the years.”


Baylor Gives Back

Baylor Health Care System makes it a top priority to collaborate with local communities. In more than 100 years, it’s spent upwards of $300 million.  Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine has collaborated with communities for more than 40 years, spearheading a number of initiatives, from working with area schools to develop healthy lifestyle plans for students to supporting local nonprofits regarding their healthcare necessities.

“All of us at Baylor Grapevine recognize that we are an expression of our community’s needs,” Newton says. “We want people to know that we are a full-service resource for everything, from helping to support their wellness to caring for them when they’re not well.” The hospital offers an annual men’s health day called “It’s a Guy Thing,” a free event that provides health screenings, risk assessments and demonstrations. It has also sponsored a local lifestyle challenge where the prize is a grant to support healthier living. Additionally, the hospital works to educate the community about key issues like concussions, joint replacements and the importance of following up with primary care and screenings for breast and prostate cancers. During the fiscal year of 2011, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine invested nearly $45 million in community benefit.

“We really enjoy providing financial assistance to communities to help people lose weight, eat well and live healthy lifestyles,” Dr. Jensen says. “We try very hard to meet their medical needs and keep them from getting sick.”


Preparing for the Future

Baylor Health Care System was founded as a Christian ministry of healing. Its mission statement to serve all people through exemplary healthcare, education, research and community service is clearly reflected in the way it cares for patients and gives back to others. The new patient tower, with its updated look, improved specialty facilities and numerous new beds featuring superb amenities, is the most recent example of how the hospital is evolving to best support the community.

“As our towns grow over the next 15 to 20 years, we want to make sure that we have enough capacity to handle all healthcare needs, both today and in the future,” Newton says. “We are now well-positioned to handle whatever the future has in store in terms of growth.” The future will undoubtedly bring an influx of patients to the hospital’s new tower, which will provide advanced services very close to home.

“The $90 million represents Baylor’s financial commitment to a growing community,” Dr. Jensen adds. “It’s a significant investment in difficult economic times for hospitals, and it really illustrates our promise to provide outstanding care to the patients in our area.”

For more information regarding the services at Baylor Grapevine, please visit Baylor Health-Grapevine or call 1.800.4BAYLOR.


Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System’s subsidiary community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine or Baylor Health Care System.