City leaders and Methodist Health Systems administrators broke ground together on Friday on a future medical center, culminating a partnership between the two entities several years in the making.

As guests entered into a tent they were greeted by the sound of horns blaring and pom-poms shaking from the Midlothian Heritage High School band and cheerleading team. Leaders from the Methodist Health System and the Midlothian City Council were also on hand to welcome visitors to the historic groundbreaking for the city’s first hospital.

John Phillips, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center president, delivered the opening remarks for the ceremony.

“It’s been my honor for the past three or so years to be involved in leading the efforts with a tremendous number of people in planning Methodist Midlothian Medical Center,” Philips began. “All the speakers today will be challenged by the quantity of ‘M's’ in words.”

The project totals about $175 million and will construct a 190,000-square-foot, five-story hospital, as well as a 45,000-square-foot, three-story medical office building on 67 acres of land west of U.S. Highway 287 near the Midlothian ISD Multipurpose Stadium. Phillips said 44 beds would be available upon the hospital’s opening, with the capacity to expand to 80 beds in the future.

Phillips estimated that three million people reside within a 45-minute commute of the dig site, demonstrating all the more vitality of the city’s work on the hospital.

“Midlothian is one of the best and fastest-growing districts in Texas," Phillips emphasized.

According to a press release, approximately 675,000 person-hours will be required to develop and construct the hospital. Mayor Bill Houston said the medical center would employ 300 workers by the end of its first full year of operation.

“This hospital represents forward, visionary thinking and exemplifies Methodist commitment to our community,” Houston said. “The neighboring communities will soon have a hospital that is able to provide the care we need when we need it in our hometown.”

Stephen Mansfield, Methodist Health System president and CEO, said the city has been progressive, warm and welcoming in their partnership together.

“It’s easy for us to see why Midlothian is growing,” Mansfield said. “I say all the time — we fuss, cuss and discuss politicians. But thank goodness men and women like these are willing to step up and take political positions on it.”

After closing remarks from Mansfield, city and Methodist staff went out to the construction grounds and commenced the groundbreaking ceremony, digging the first holes for the Medical Center’s foundation.

According to a press release, Methodist has enlisted in Corgan Architects as the project architect and DPR Construction as the general contractor. The facility will be the 11th hospital to carry the Methodist brand.

“We’ve been impressed, and we feel blessed to be a part of Midlothian,” Mansfield concluded.

The hospital is scheduled to open in 2020.


David Dunn, @DavidDunnInTX