The much-anticipated Baylor Medical Center at McKinney will open its doors July 6, giving area residents new health care options and services.
Baylor Health Care System has served the North Texas region for more than a century and received numerous honors. Those honors include being ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” and being the first health system in Texas to receive a prestigious National Quality Forum award.
When analyzing the best places for expansion, the Baylor System reached the decision to invest significantly in McKinney, spending approximately $195 million on the new facility.
“Baylor is always exploring new points of access throughout North Texas,” explains Scott Peek, President of Baylor Medical Center at McKinney. “To make an investment the size of Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, we look for three things: the support of the community, physician engagement and a true need.”
As Baylor reviewed the growing population in McKinney and surrounding areas, and ongoing demographic changes partially due to aging Baby Boomers, hospital officials became convinced that McKinney had a need for additional health care providers, Peek says.
“Through this process, we have seen a unique and palpable spirit about McKinney, and we are honored to be a part of it and grow with it into the foreseeable future,” he says.
Located at the northwest corner of U.S. 380 and Lake Forest Drive, the modern building will initially feature a full-service 95-bed facility, multiple surgical units and a medical office campus.
Officials broke ground in September 2010 on Baylor’s McKinney campus, which encompasses 469,000 square feet, offers all-private suites and will be “LEED Certified,” or “green.” The campus saves energy and water, among other environmental benefits.
The hospital building was designed to integrate two worlds: Baylor Health Care System and the City of McKinney. The clean lines of modern architecture are combined with an old-world charm, and a connection to nature is created through the color palette, materials and design. Artwork crafted by local artisans will adorn Baylor McKinney.
Baylor McKinney will offer a multitude of services, including heart and vascular, cancer services, imaging, obstetrics and gynecology, digestive diseases, orthopedics, neurology, internal medicine, emergency and in-patient care as well as out-patient services.
Unique to hospitals in Collin County, Baylor McKinney will offer all private guest suites within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
“All expecting parents want the assurance of a safe delivery for the birth of their baby. However, when a baby arrives too early, he or she needs specialized care – and at Baylor McKinney, we are excited to be one of the first hospitals in this area to provide personal, private suites for parents to recover and bond with their baby in the NICU,” says Samantha Eubanks, Manager of Labor and Delivery and Antepartum.
“We are able to bring technology to the bedside, including all of our charting packages and documentation systems within the personal suite,” Eubanks says. “We believe this arrangement helps both the baby and family – bringing everyone together. And, if the need arises due to multiple births, we are able to accommodate those families as well.”
Baylor McKinney sits atop a full 58 acres, allowing room for the hospital to grow.
“We are in a very unique situation. All of our departments have been designed and built with additional shell space in mind, and due to our location, we are able to evolve and expand according to our customers’ needs and requirements,” says Jennifer Irwin, Marketing Manager at Baylor McKinney. “We are fully equipped to grow, and once finished, we can offer a total of 400 beds. When a customer need arises, we will be ready.”
Peek notes that Baylor was founded as a Christian ministry of healing more than 100 years ago, which he says means that Baylor is most passionate about serving others.
“Whether it is promoting health or restoring it should the need arise, we are committed to putting the patient at the center of everything we do,” Peek
says. “We have hand-picked an incredible team of 350 caregivers who are brimming with excitement about opening our doors.”
Community Opening Celebration
Baylor McKinney will kick off the hospital’s grand opening with “A Healthy Community Opening Celebration” and community-wide event on June 30, in conjunction with the McKinney Health Challenge.
A partnership of the City of McKinney, McKinney ISD and several other organizations, the McKinney Healthy Challenge is a series of health-oriented events extending through the end of June to promote wellness throughout the community.
“The McKinney Health Challenge is an evolution of the 2011 Get Fit Program,” says McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller. “Once organizations such as Baylor McKinney and the school district became involved, we were really able to grow this into a major event for the city.”
Baylor McKinney’s grand opening will include a 5K run, hospital tours, family events with a kid zone, interactive wellness activities, good-for-you recipes and samples, a farmer’s market, exercise demonstrations and door prizes.
“We are excited to be a part of the McKinney Healthy Challenge as well as offer a grand opening of our building, highlighting healthy cooking, fun for the kids and interesting information on all of Baylor McKinney’s services,” Irwin says.
“We are here as the community’s partner, completely committed to our citizens, and we can’t wait to see everyone at our opening celebration as well as serve them for years to come.”
About the author: Carolyn Cameron is a local marketer and freelance writer. She enjoys spending time with her three young boys and family, reading and running.