Construction Begins on $108M Methodist Dallas Expansion
Ground has broken on the $108 million Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower at the 515-bed Methodist Dallas Medical Center.
More than 200 people attended the event, held on 9/11 to commemorate the selfless sacrifice and helping others in critical need of care. The six-story building will deliver in summer 2014.
The 248,000-square-foot project will add 58 emergency beds, six trauma suites, eight surgical suites and 36-bed critical care unit. The design includes the ability to expand to 11 stories.
A $20 million capital campaign is under way to help fund the project. The BrightER campaign is the most ambitious in Methodist Hospital's 85-year history. The Sammons Dallas Foundation provided the lead gift, $5 million.
At the groundbreaking, BrightER Campaign chair Chris Kleinert announced $1 million gifts from The Robert S. Folsom Family and Pete and Pat Schenkel. Also, more than $750,000 has been donated in honor of the late Norman Brinker, bringing the campaign $9 million toward the $20 million goal.
The medical facility is a teaching and referral center for Methodist Health System. Designated as a Level II trauma center, Methodist Dallas is a primary recipient of trauma occurring within southwest Dallas and the surrounding region, treating more than 1,500 trauma patients and upward of 60,000 emergency patients each year within a 150-mile radius. The hospital's existing 25,000-square-foot Emergency/Trauma Center was last renovated in 1999.