ARLINGTON – A groundbreaking ceremony at Medical City Arlington today launched a major expansion project that includes a new patient tower, additional patient beds and significant renovations.

Many medical City Arlington colleagues and medical staff members gathered to celebrate the expansion project, along with community dignitaries, including Arlington Mayor Jim Ross and University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing Dean Elizabeth Merwin, who also chairs the hospital’s board of trustees.

The $144 million project will provide additional hospital capacity and enable enhanced services for greater Arlington and the surrounding community. It includes a three-story vertical expansion with future potential to expand to nine stories. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2025.

As part of the project, more than 127,000 square feet are being added to provide space for:

  • 60 additional patient care beds
  • 8 private day surgery rooms
  • 12 additional post-anesthesia (PACU) bays
  • Central energy plant
  • Kitchen expansion/renovation
  • 2 new neurosurgery, 2 new orthopedic surgery operating rooms
  • New main lobby connecting the patient tower to Medical City Women’s Hospital Arlington

“After almost 50 years of providing healthcare excellence, our hospital is proud to continue to invest in the future of the Arlington community,” says Sharn Barbarin, CEO of Medical City Arlington. “This new patient tower will provide additional accommodations for our world-class caregivers in a variety of specialties, further enabling compassionate, clinically excellent services when and where our community needs them, close to home.”

As a Level II Trauma Center with an emergency department that treated nearly 107,000 patients last year, Medical Center Arlington is uniquely positioned in the Arlington and Tarrant County region to care for trauma, neuro-trauma, cardiovascular and medical/surgical patients. Additionally, the hospital increased its robotic surgery options in 2022 and launched the Center for Lung Health, which provides consultations and coordination of care with a multidisciplinary team of lung experts, including pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and radiologists.

The three-story tower is part of Medical City Healthcare’s major capital investment initiative of more than $1.4 billion spent or committed over five years, which includes building expansions, facility enhancements and leading-edge technology.



Medical City Arlington is a 433-bed acute care hospital serving Arlington, Mansfield, Grand Prairie and surrounding communities. A Level II Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center, Medical City Arlington was also the first certified Chest Pain Center in Tarrant County. The hospital is a top performer in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care, as designated by The Joint Commission. As the Official Hospital of the Texas Rangers, Medical City Arlington provides high-quality orthopedic services and is known for cancer, neurosurgery, spine, heart & vascular and gastrointestinal care. Nearly 3,900 babies are delivered annually at its dedicated women’s hospital, Medical City Women’s Hospital Arlington, which includes a Level III neonatal ICU (NICU). 

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