Voters in Dallas County, Texas, approved a measure to replace Parkland Memorial Hospital with a larger, more modern facility in a $747 million bond ballot measure Tuesday. Cash reserves and philanthropic support will provide the remaining funding for the estimated $1.3 billion facility, said Walter Jones, senior vice president of facilities at the Dallas-based hospital. Parkland will select an architect in the next several months and it expects to begin construction in 2010, according to Jones. The new, 862-bed facility will likely be completed in 2014.
It certainly means that the hospital will be capable of providing the needed medical servicesthe public health servicesfor Dallas County and deliver it in a 21st century way, Jones said. The existing hospital, due to its age, has simply outlived its life. The existing hospital is 54 years old.
The new hospital will be built across the street from Parklands existing facility and is estimated to span about 1.7 million feet. The current structure is less than 1 million square feet, Jones said.
According to unofficial results from the Dallas County Elections Department, more than 530,000 voters approved the measure, compared with about 116,000 who voted against it. -- by Jessica Zigmond