Parkland CEO meets with community to determine hospital goals

Chelsea Jones | 5/19/2014, 10:34 a.m.
Parkland Health and Hospital System’s new CEO and president, Dr. Fred Cerise, already has his plate full as the new ...
Dr. Frederick Cerise, 51, Parkland’s first new Chief Executive Officer in more than 30 years, is welcomed by the Board of Managers during a press conference, March 24. Parkland Health and Hospital System

The final issue dealt with transitioning all operations to Parkland’s new location on Harry Hines Boulevard and Medical District Drive. The building is projected to open in May 2015.

Built it 1954, Parkland’s current location is overcrowded and undersized. When it opened, it served about half of the patients it serves today.

In August 2008, the Dallas County commissioners voted unanimously to place a bond election on the November ballot for consideration by Dallas voters. An overwhelming majority of 82 percent voted in favor of creating a new Parkland.

Since then, one of the largest hospital construction projects in the country has taken place. With a building budget of $1.271 billion, the new hospital has been designed with the patient in mind.

Parkland’s website states, “This patient-centered approach will create a more healing environment.”

Features include 862 beds, single-patient rooms, more space for family and friends, natural-light windows and a central utility plant.

The hospital will also have an onstage/offstage model in which staff, patients and visitors will utilize separate hallways and elevators. Medical personnel currently use mock-ups of the building for training.

Moreover, the new hospital will have close proximity to the DART green line, which links Southeast Dallas to Farmers Branch and Carrollton. It has not yet been determined what will happen to Parkland’s current facility.

Cerise noted that the meetings were the beginning of a series of conversations that Parkland intends to have with the community on a regular basis. He further stated that he and his staff will meet to determine how this will be structured.