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North Fort Worth Hospital Opens Its Doors

ALLIANCE (CBSDFW.COM) - Restaurants and shops have been popping up in North Fort Worth. The population there is growing faster than just about anywhere else in the country.

According the the "Alliance Texas" Master Planned Community, more than 110-thousand people have moved to the area since 2000.

Now the area has it's first hospital.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance opened its doors.

For father of four Michael Ortman that's a welcome relief. "We live about 10 minutes away for us it's a much needed facility out here," says Ortman who lives in Haslet. "Prior to that hospital we were having to drive 45 minutes in either direction to get to a closer hospital."

Up until now Ortman and other families have had to go to hospitals in Fort Worth, Grapevine and North Richland Hills.

The ongoing construction along 35 has only added to the headaches.

"The construction going to Fort Worth and Grapevine was awful," says Ortman "Especially in an emergency it was hard to get through the area."

The 188,000 square foot, four story hospital with a medical office building is right along 35W and Golden Triangle Boulevard just a few miles from Keller.

The new hospital has 50 beds and also includes women and infant services and neonatal intensive care among other services.

"We know the primary population out here is young families and there are a lot of women having babies," says Winjie Tang Miao President of Texas Health Alliance "We know there has been a lot of need for health care in this community."

For MedStar the hospital means response times are cut by 15 to 20 minutes. "It is going to shorten the amount of time that it takes us to complete a call to that area and be able to respond to another call in that community," says Matt Zavadsky MedStar spokesperson.

The construction and traffic backups have also delayed emergency services to the area.

MedStar even started positioning an ambulance everyday in far North Forth Worth so it would get to emergencies in the area quicker.

For the time being trauma, heart attack and stroke patients can be stabilized at Texas Health Alliance, but then need to be transported to either Grapevine or Fort Worth.

The hospital cost 99 million dollars.

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