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Physicians Play Key Role in New Joint Venture Hospital

Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, February 18, 2010

Methodist McKinney (TX) Hospital, a joint venture between area physicians, Methodist Health System, and Nueterra Healthcare, has officially opened to serve residents in the growing Collin County region of north Texas.

The guiding principle during the hospital's development was to establish a community-based hospital in McKinney that would be a "destination medical center" for residents in the region, says Kevin D. Jones, president of Methodist McKinney Hospital. According to U.S. Census Data, in 2000, the population of Collin County was 491,675, and by 2008 the Bureau estimated that its population had reached 762,010—making McKinney an attractive area to establish the new hospital.

"Based on the feedback we received from local focus groups during development of the project, it was evident that area residents and, perhaps, prospective patients wanted another option for healthcare services in McKinney so they don't have to go to another city to receive care," Jones says.

The 65,000 square-foot facility includes six operating rooms, two procedures rooms, 22 pre-op/PACU bays and 15 private inpatient rooms. Services offered include surgical interventions in orthopedics, general surgery, ENT, neurosurgery, pain management, urology, gynecology, and GI.

Methodist McKinney also operates an around-the-clock emergency room, and an imaging department offering MRI, CT, ultrasound, and mammography services.

"The greatest benefit is the increased access to care for the residents of McKinney and the surrounding communities through our operating rooms, emergency department, and diagnostic imaging services," says Jones, who came to Methodist McKinney from Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, where he served as director of Simmons Ambulatory Surgery Center.

"Our project brings together 31 physician investors and approximately 75 medical staff members to deliver care to a rapidly growing population in McKinney and Collin County."

The joint venture strategy that allows input from both Nueterra Healthcare and Methodist Health System is beneficial from both a business and quality-care standpoint, Jones says.

"Having Methodist as our health system partner not only affords us an advantage when negotiating supply costs, vendors' contracts, insurance contracts, etc., but it also gives the hospital immediate credibility with patients because of the system's strong brand in North Texas," Jones says. "Nueterra brings its extensive expertise in the successful development and management of smaller, surgically-focused hospitals."

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