Forest Park Southlake: Beautiful … and Bankrupt?
Feb 19, 2016 01:28PM
● By Audrey Sellers
Just last year, Forest Park Medical Center Southlake was in the news for a good reason. It was named the seventh most beautiful hospital in the United States, according to Soliant Health, a staffing company that holds an annual contest to rank the 20 best-looking hospitals in the country. Rankings are based on landscape and architecture, as well as unique features and photogenic qualities.
More than 388,000 votes (over one and a half times the votes from 2014) were cast in the contest. Forest Park hospitals in San Antonio and Ft. Worth also made the list, coming in at No. 3 and No. 14, respectively. To earn seventh place, the Southlake facility received more than 10,000 votes.
Forest Park Southlake opened in 2013 with six intensive care-unit beds, 12 operating rooms and 54 private, luxury inpatient rooms. The hospital is more like an upscale hotel with plenty of natural light, interior mood lighting and even water features.
Its website states: “Forest Park Medical Center is a different kind of hospital. Designed for warmth. Designed for comfort. Forest Park Medical Center is that rare hospital that puts patients first.”
So, it was naturally a shock when news surfaced that Forest Park Medical Center had collapsed. The hospital chain is broke, its operators unable to pay rent. Forest Park Southlake owes at least $3.4 million, according to reports.
But still, Charles Nasem, CEO of the Southlake facility, said in a statement that the hospital’s financial crisis won’t impact operations.
“We do not expect this to affect operations at Forest Park Southlake and we will continue to deliver the top one percent patient experience to our patients,” he told the Star-Telegram.
Other Forest Park locations have not fared so well. The Dallas and San Antonio hospitals shuttered last fall, according to the Dallas Morning News and the San Antonio Express-News. More than 300 people lost their jobs as a result. And last September, the Frisco hospital filed for Chapter 11, citing that it owed at least $8.5 million. Will the Southlake hospital survive the turmoil? Time will tell.