HHSC to Host Groundbreaking Ceremony for New State Psychiatric Hospital in Dallas

Media Advisory
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Cecile Erwin Young
HHS Executive Commissioner
José Andrés Araiza, 512-284-2164

AUSTIN – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and Children’s Health are hosting a groundbreaking ceremony Dec. 5 to kick off construction of the state’s newest psychiatric hospital in Dallas.

The Texas Legislature and Gov. Greg Abbott approved $282.5 million in funding for the construction and design of a new hospital in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Additionally, Children’s Health donated $200 million to support a 96-bed pediatric wing where UT Southwestern pediatricians will exclusively treat children and adolescent patients.

The 296-bed hospital will serve adult and pediatric patients from the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. HHSC is partnering with UT Southwestern Medical Center to design and construct the new facility. Construction is estimated to be complete by 2025.

WHAT: Texas Behavioral Health Center at UT Southwestern groundbreaking ceremony featuring remarks by officials at the construction site. Photo and video opportunities, facility renderings, and onsite interviews will be available.

WHO:  Cecile Erwin Young, HHS executive commissioner
               Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern Medical Center
               Dr. Hicham Ibrahim, professor of UT Southwestern Medical Center
               Christopher Durovich, president and CEO of Children’s Health
               State Sen. Jane Nelson
               State Sen. Royce West
               State Rep. Toni Rose

WHEN:  2:00 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5.

WHERE:  Intersection of Harry Hines Blvd. and Medical District Dr., Dallas, TX. Parking is available in the circle drive at the end of Amelia Court Drive, which is off of Medical District Drive.

Reporters should RSVP by contacting José Andrés Araiza at Jose.Araiza@hhs.texas.gov