Bad Economy Doesn't Cool Off Hospital Construction

Projects going strong despite cancellations, delays in other parts of U.S.

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    From the center of Dallas to the edge of the suburbs, hospitals are sprouting up all over North Texas.

    From the center of Dallas to the edge of the suburbs, hospitals are sprouting up all over North Texas.

    In other parts of the country, hospitals cut back on construction to save money. According to a survey by the American Hospital Association, 35 percent of hospitals canceled or delayed building projects because of the recession.

    "We have not been impacted as profoundly as some other parts of the country," said Steve Love, of the DFW Hospital Council.

    As North Texas Grows, So Does Number of Hospitals

    [DFW] As North Texas Grows, So Does Number of Hospitals
    From the center of Dallas to the edge of the suburbs, hospitals are sprouting up all over North Texas.

    Baylor is building a new $330 million cancer center in Dallas, and Parkland is planning a new hospital.

    In McKinney, both Baylor and Methodist are building hospitals. The Methodist facility is nearly complete, and Baylor plans to begin construction next month.

    Texas Health is building one in the Alliance Corridor, and a Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital will open later this year in Flower Mound.

    "Population growth has reached the point where, in many cases, as for here, it's beginning outstrip the ability of the facilities that are within proximity to meet the needs of the people," said Rick Carter, of Texas Health Flower Mound.

    By most estimates, 1 million people will move to the Metroplex during the next 10 years.

    "When you have an emergency, you want something fast," said Flower Mound resident Mercedes Parsinen. "You don't want to be driving a long way."

    Flower Mound, which did not have a hospital before, also has a brand-new, full-service emergency room from the Medical Center of Lewisville.

    Scott Friedman contributed to this report.