Several months in the making, Methodist Health System announced its plan for its eleventh hospital, which will be located in Midlothian.

According to Thursday's official announcement, the new facility will operate in conjunction with the existing Methodist Mansfield Medical Center in order to "facilitate the opening with all reasonable diligence." While architectural details are still being finalized, the hospital in Midlothian will be a licensed hospital with an emergency department and wide range of specialties and services.

“Midlothian, Ellis County, and Tarrant County are booming, and those communities deserve exceptional, compassionate, quality healthcare in their neighborhood,” stated Stephen L. Mansfield, Ph.D., FACHE, in Thursday's press release. “Methodist has tripled in size over the past decade with 10 hospitals and two dozen family health and urgent care centers. We’ve strategically looked to expand in flourishing communities like Midlothian, and we want the residents of Midlothian to know how much we value them and want to meet their needs.”

“As mayor of the City of Midlothian, I am very familiar with the pride our residents have in this city. They are passionate about their community and its future growth and success. I’m proud to say that the future just became brighter this year, thanks to the investment of Methodist Health System in Midlothian,” said Midlothian Mayor Bill Houston. “We have a long working relationship with Methodist and are so proud to have the system expand its presence, talents, and expertise into our community.”

According to the announcement, the hospital will sit on 65 acres of land along US Highway 287 adjacent to the Midlothian ISD Multi-Purpose Stadium. Methodist plans to break ground in late summer 2018, and open the hospital in late 2019.

“We’ve seen how the communities of Midlothian, Mansfield, Grand Prairie, Arlington and many others have embraced Methodist, so constructing Midlothian’s first hospital is a natural fit for Methodist Health System and Methodist Mansfield,” stated Pam Stoyanoff, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Methodist Health System.

President of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, John Phillips added, “Methodist Mansfield opened 11 years ago and sought to build relationships with the City of Midlothian, the school district, and many residents, so this is the perfect next step.

"As we celebrate all that we are grateful for this holiday season, we hope this announcement will be a gift to the Midlothian community we appreciate.”

Each year, U.S. News and World Report rates, and ranks, over 5,000 US hospitals across multiple clinical specialties, procedures, and conditions.

The report evaluates each hospital in up to 16 medical specialties. In most specialties, the top 50 hospitals are nationally are numerically ranked. Hospitals that nearly made the top 50 may be recognized as "high performing."

U.S. News and World Report data list several the Methodist Health System’s hospitals in its annual report.

In the report, it rates Methodist Dallas Medical Center, located at 1441 Beckley Avenue, as "high performing" in nine adult procedures and conditions. It scored high in patient safety, demonstrating a commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes.

Specialties at this hospital include cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, orthopedics, urology, pulmonology, nephrology and neurology, and neurosurgery. The doctors at the hospital have 11 to 21 years or more worth of experience. Patient experience is rated as three out of five.

The report rates Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, located at 2700 E. Broad Street in Mansfield, as "high performing" in eight procedures and conditions. It is classified as a general medical and surgical facility. The hospital scored high in patient safety, demonstrated a commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes.

According to the report, specialties at Methodist Mansfield include diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, orthopedics, and pulmonology. Other procedures at the hospital include colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, hip and knee replacement, and lung cancer surgery. Doctors at the hospital have six to 21 years worth of experience. Patient experience is rated at three out of five.