Between now and election day on November 4, I will post again about the local bond item that will appear on our ballots here in Dallas County in support of our community's need and desire to build a new public hospital.
Under the expert leadership of Dr. Ron Anderson, the Parkland Health and Hospital System is among the finest public health care systems in the United States. Over the years, Parkland's partnership with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School has resulted in the training and education of thousands of physicians. Parkland provides the community the very best in trauma care, as well as excellent care for everyone from the poorest to the wealthiest of our neighbors.
Parkland Hospital's Board of Managers and the Dallas County Commissioner's Court unanimously approved a resolution to ask Dallas County voters to approve a $747 million bond program for Parkland.
If approved, the bond package monies will be used to:
--Construct an 862 adult-bed hospital that serves as a full service acute care hospital and houses a Level I Trauma Center and Burn Center.
--Construct an outpatient center adjacent to the hospital with associated diagnostic and therapeutic service, and integrated physician office space to enhance patient safety and physician access and productivity.
--Construct office buildings near the hospital for support personnel, designed to optimize productivity and minimize occupancy costs.
--Reconfigure parking to supply a cost effective mix of parking garages and surface parking lots to meet the parking needs of patients, visitor, physicians and employees.
For more information go here.
If you live in Dallas County, I hope you will support Parkland by voting "Yes" on November 4.
Between now and then, visit the website and determine to get involved in supporting the building of this new community asset.