HCA to build $71M hospital in Texas

HCA Holdings Inc. has announced it will build a $71 million acute-care hospital for the Alliance area of the Dallas-Fort Worth megalopolis and plans to begin construction there in June.

The 140,000-square-foot hospital will offer 30 beds to the area and will be attached to HCA’s existing freestanding emergency room. HCA North Texas will own the four-story project. According to news reports from the DFW local affiliate of CBS, HCA administrators say the hospital is needed to meet the expanding needs of a rapidly growing Alliance area.

“The size of Alliance is now close to the size of Lubbock, Texas. It’s an incredibly big population,” said Randy Moresi, North Hills Hospital's CEO.

Texas is a vital market for HCA: Of the 163 hospitals it owned at the end of 2011, 36 were in the Lone Star State. Those facilities accounted for more than 25 percent of the company's licensed beds.