New emergency room beds, expanded laboratory and other renovations to open in 2019

Medical City Las Colinas kicked off a $14.5 million expansion project to meet the growing needs of the Las Colinas and surrounding communities.

More than $8 million of this project is focused on enlarging and renovating the emergency department, including an additional six patient rooms, an ER dedicated 64-slice CT scanner and a comfortable and updated waiting area.

"This project is further evidence of our continued commitment to the care and improvement of human life," says Daniela Decell, CEO of Medical City Las Colinas. "This expansion was necessary to serve the community while actively pursuing our trauma designation."

In addition, the expansion includes construction of a larger laboratory with leading edge technology and equipment. The existing pharmacy will expand into the space of the old laboratory.

This expansion was scheduled to start in March 2018, but was delayed several months due to Red-Tailed Hawk eggs found in a nest of a tree in the area. Once the eggs hatched and the federally protected birds left the nest, construction was allowed to begin.

The expansion and improvement project at Medical City Las Colinas is part of a major capital investment initiative of more than $1.7 billion spent or committed over four years across the Medical City Healthcare system. Investments include expansion and improvements to existing hospitals, new services such as burn and trauma care, upgraded technology and the purchase of new facilities.