History in the making


In a coup for both the City of Arlington and HCA Healthcare, the state-of-the-art Medical City Arlington Women’s Hospital will open on April 8 as Tarrant County’s first destination medical center just for women.

The $60 million facility gives women in Arlington, Tarrant County and surrounding cities in North Texas a luxurious, spacious – and revolutionary – medical center at which they will receive high-level, specialized healthcare for a comprehensive range of women’s services.

CEO Keith Zimmerman says Medical City Arlington Women’s Hospital is the culmination of a half decade of collaboration among HCA Healthcare administrators, principals at existing medical centers, physicians, patients and prospective patients, with all of the planning focused on one goal: “to bring a destination center for women to Arlington.”

Modeled after two other HCA Healthcare facilities – St. David’s Medical Center in Austin and The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston – Medical City Arlington Women’s Hospital was created to provide virtually every medical solution a woman could seek, all under one roof.

To wit: The hospital features an eight-bed obstetric emergency department, exclusive from Medical City Arlington’s primary ER, to ensure women preparing for childbirth won’t be exposed to outside illnesses. It also features a 36-bed, Level III NICU unit, with space for families to spend time with their children while they are in the unit. The hospital contains 23 Labor/Delivery/Recovery rooms, which gives it the capacity to deliver up to 5,800 babies a year, compared to the 4,100-4,400 range Medical City Arlington previously provided.

In addition, there are 14 private rooms, as well as four “baby pods,” which will accommodate each patient’s specific needs, based on a personalized birthing plan she crafts with her medical team.

The medical staff at Women’s Hospital, likewise, is represented by the top medical professionals in the region, including three maternal/fetal medicine specialists. “Many communities don’t have one,” Zimmerman says.

And, because the care that went into the planning of the hospital included input from medical specialists, the new facility has been able to recruit outstanding physicians and staff to provide the best medical care possible – not just for mothers to be, but for all women.

In addition to OB/GYN specialists, the hospital also boasts of premier hematologists/oncologists, breast surgeons, general surgeons and colon and cardiology experts.

“There are only a handful of centers like this in the country,” Zimmerman says. “So far, the feedback is phenomenal – from everyone we’ve talked with. They – and we – believe that the care provided at Medical City Arlington Women’s Hospital will be head and shoulders above what is offered at a different hospital.”