Children’s Medical Center Plano Expansion

Since 2005, Children’s Medical Center Plano’s has been standing and serving the community relentlessly and on its 16 year anniversary, an expansion broke ground according to a Plano Star Courier article from October 26. In it they say, 


“An expansion for Children’s Medical Center Plano broke ground Tuesday and coincided with the 16-year anniversary of the pediatric hospital’s initial groundbreaking in 2005.


“Despite an extensive network of providers that work to serve the needs of the community, Children’s Health has seen the average number of patient families increase year-over-year, with many families traveling to the Dallas campus to receive specialty care not currently available in Plano,” Children’s Health said in a statement.”


The expansion not only included a huge development in creating more spaces for patients but also an extension to other care programs according to a Local Profile article from October 26 which reports, 


“Expansion plans for Children’s Medical Center Plano include the addition of a seven-floor, 300,000-square-foot tower housing expanded specialty care programs such as cardiology, oncology, gastroenterology, orthopedics and neurology, among others.


The new tower, which will nearly double the size of the hospital facility, will increase the total number of available beds from 72 to 212 and is expected to be complete by the beginning of 2024.”


Several factors like increase in income and growth and the need for additional facilities and accommodation for patients altogether prompted the development and expansion of the medical center according to a Dallas Magazine article from October 26 which reports, 


“According to the 2020 census, Collin County has grown 36 percent since 2010. The county’s median household income is more than $96,000, and more than half the adults have college degrees. Only 12 percent of adults don’t have health insurance, significantly less than the average of 18.4 percent statewide. According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, Collin County metros Frisco and McKinney were among the state’s five fastest-growing cities. 


The expansion is part of a growth trend for Children’s Health, opening services at the former RedBird mall in southern Dallas and announcing plans for a 72-acre campus in Prosper in 2019. The growth is needed because of increased pressures on existing services. In the last 18-24 months, programmatic growth has led to double-digit usage increases for service lines such as oncology at Children’s Health’s plan campus. Patients are becoming more accustomed to convenience and are embracing receiving care closer to home. The emergency department also broke volume records in 2021.” 


While the expansion is set to be finished in 2024, the medical center is already looking forward to upping their capabilities and enhancing its trauma designation from Level 4 to Level 2.


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