The State of Healthcare in McKinney

A healthy city is a strong city. In McKinney, we know the health of our community is critical to our growth and development. It is our mission to create a culture of health and wellness that will improve the quality of life for all our residents regardless of age or income level.

A hub for innovative healthcare, we focus on all facets of medical fitness, from wellness education and preventive care to healthcare leadership and complete continuum of care. McKinney residents are fortunate to be served by an outstanding healthcare community offering a range of medical providers as diverse as the patients who need them.

Medical Resources

We take pride in the accessibility, quality, and variety of medical services available. Local facilities are expanding to offer an ever-increasing array of wellness options. Patients have access to a collection of state-of-the-art hospitals, clinics, and specialty resources.

Through facilities such as Medical City McKinney, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney, and Methodist McKinney Hospital, McKinney continues to expand its options for all ages.

Medical City McKinney, a 260-bed, acute care hospital, has served residents in McKinney and northern Collin County for 90 years. Comprehensive services include a Level III trauma center, cardiovascular and neurological service, general surgery, women’s services, neonatal intensive care unit, and psychiatric care. Over the next three years, the facility will bring expansion projects totaling $110 million to McKinney.

“It’s our mission to further our commitment to the care and improvement of human life,” says Ernest Lynch, CEO of Medical City McKinney.

Scheduled for completion in the early summer of 2020 is a rehabilitation and behavioral health pavilion. The building will move services from the existing Wysong campus and consolidate them at the main location.

A leading inpatient provider of behavioral health, the center provides treatment for a wide range of conditions including depression, anxiety, suicidal or aggressive behavior, psychotic thinking, and bipolar disorder. The new pavilion will expand this care and create an outpatient clinic.

“The pavilion will add to our outpatient services and we will offer a complete portfolio of age group services,” Lynch says.

Also on the docket is a tower expansion slated for completion in the fourth quarter of 2021. The building will expand the emergency department and add inpatient beds. The expansion will create infrastructure for future expansion of three additional floors.

“Through organic growth, there’s a demand for more beds. The tower will bring complete services to the community so there’s no reason to leave,” Lynch says.

Also serving McKinney is Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney. A full-service hospital, the facility has 143 beds and provides a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, heart and vascular services, orthopedics, cancer treatment, primary care, women’s services, and the area’s only Level III neonatal intensive care unit with private suites.

Just opened in summer 2019 is Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – McKinney. The 35,000-square-foot facility, directly attached to the Medical Center, offers cardiovascular interventional services encompassing cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology treatments such as cardiac ablation. The hospital also provides a variety of non-invasive services, including high-speed cardiac CT, ultrasound, and other non-invasive testing.

The Heart Hospital has 22 ambulatory beds, two catheterization rooms, two electrophysiology labs, and an outpatient nursing unit. It is the third Heart Hospital location serving North Texas, following sites in Plano and Denton. Baylor McKinney offers exceptional patient care with more than 600 employees and a medical staff comprised of more than 800 physicians.

Patient-focused inpatient and outpatient services define Methodist McKinney Hospital located in Stonebridge Ranch. Patients receive dedicated care in a variety of specialized areas. These services include emergency care, foot and ankle surgery, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecology, hand surgery, laboratory services, spine surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology (ENT), pain management, reconstructive and plastic surgery, and urology. Outpatient services include diagnostic imaging and physical therapy.

New in 2019 is a Sleep Lab centered on diagnosing and treating sleep issues. Disorders receiving assistance include snoring, insomnia, sleep apnea, chronic fatigue, excessive daytime sleepiness, restless legs syndrome, sleep walking, night terrors, and narcolepsy.

Community Services

Providing all-inclusive healthcare is a hallmark of McKinney. No matter the age or income level, residents have options available.

“Proper access to care helps everybody,” says James Tippit, executive vice president and head of corporate responsibility at Independent Bank Group.

Family Health Center at Virginia Parkway is dedicated to creating a healthy community. The Center addresses the needs of uninsured or underinsured residents by providing a sustainable approach to community health as a Federally Qualified Health Center.

“There’s an uninsured population. We discovered this was a massive problem. The question was how to raise the funds. Through connections, we discovered the Family Health Center in Waco, and we started talking with them. We opened one here,” Tippit says.

The community-based healthcare provider delivers comprehensive, high-quality medical, behavioral, counseling and dental care services for infants to seniors. Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, and other insurances are accepted, and Family Health Center also offers a sliding fee scale based on family size and income level. In 2018, the Center saw 1,900 patients.

Now in a temporary 6,900-square-foot building, the Center will expand to a 25,000-square-foot facility estimated to open June of 2020. The new facility will add a laboratory, X-ray machines, and classroom space for medical students.

“In the future, we’re hoping to add pediatrics. It impacts everything kids do the rest of their lives. We also hope to partner with other organizations to add social services,” says Tippit.

Management Education

Education in professional healthcare management is critical to provide these outstanding facilities with business leaders. The Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management (CHLM) at the UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management is dedicated to being the definitive resource for leadership and management education in North Texas.

“McKinney has exceptional clinical providers. The challenge the industry faces is the business element. This school is focused on the business of healthcare,” says Britt Berrett, PhD, director of CHLM.

To prepare students for healthcare leadership, the Center offers students an industry-responsive education. Five undergraduate and graduate degree programs cover a range of business management and technology disciplines.

“There is tremendous demand for individuals with business sense and experience. For every clinician in DFW there are 17-20 people behind the scenes,” Berrett says.

Graduates of CHLM will find opportunities in three areas: hospitals, ambulatory settings, and post-acute centers. Positions range from technicians in environmental services to strategic planners and developers of wearable medical technologies.

Nutritional Dining

While McKinney’s advanced facilities bring modern approaches to healing, a farm-to-table restaurant brings nutritious food to diners. Harvest Seasonal Kitchen offers a menu based on food brought to the kitchen direct from local farmers.

“People are so much more aware today about where their food comes from. Food grown in a local environment is better for us. It tastes better. It’s grown differently. Larger farms grow food that has to travel,” says Rick Wells, founder and owner of Harvest Seasonal Kitchen and Rick’s Chophouse, McKinney.

A farmer himself, Wells also is the owner of Water Boy Farms in Lucas, Texas. Produce from the farm supplies Harvest and Rick’s Chophouse with produce.

“Everything that grows on our farm goes to Harvest. I planted cilantro yesterday. Our tomatoes and peppers come from the farm, also our herbs—basil and thyme. The flowers you see on our tables come from the farm,” Wells explains.

Additional produce, meat, and chicken come from other North Texas farms. The restaurant owner builds relationships with local growers and personally visits each location.

“We do a lot of farm visits. We walk the fields with them and see how they raise their produce, their chickens, and their lambs,” says Wells.

In addition, Wells is the driving force behind the Seed Project Foundation, an organization focused on funding educational, agricultural, and community initiatives that support sustainability. Donations fund grants, scholarships, and the Farm Crisis Fund dedicated to helping local farmers and ranchers in need.

“I support the Hugs Greenhouse project. We built a garden at Webb Elementary which is incredible, and we fund a lot of Future Farmers of America programs,” Wells says.

An important event provided by the Seed Project Foundation is their symposium. Held three times each year, the symposium offers educational programs and speakers centered on sustainable topics.

“The biggest piece of it is to create a network of people who can help each other. It’s better for us all,” says Wells.

A special experience each autumn is a farm tour. Ticket holders board a bus for a day-long tour of local farms led by North Texas chefs who create locally sourced dishes.

From essential healthcare facilities and programs, to farm-to-table meals and management education, McKinney is focused on bringing to North Texas a continuum of care for the young and the old.


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