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Methodist Richardson Medical Center’s evolution into a destination facility



From Humble Beginnings

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From its humble beginnings in 1963, Methodist Richardson Medical Center — then known as Spring Valley Hospital — has perhaps become more than its founding fathers ever could have imagined. Methodist Richardson now spans two campuses, offering highly specialized care that draws patients from 47 counties across Texas and five other states.

“We’re proud to serve our communities and beyond,” says Methodist Richardson President Ken Hutchenrider, FACHE. “Our singular mission is to improve and save lives through compassionate quality health care.”

Let’s go back to see how it all started. In 1958, Richardson had about 15,000 residents. The city determined there was a growing need for a community hospital, which led to the creation of the Richardson Hospital Authority (RHA). Seven years later, in 1963, Spring Valley Hospital opened with 35 beds and 10 physicians. It later became Richardson General Hospital, but financial losses forced the owners to sell. Seeing great opportunity, the city bought Richardson General in 1966.

Residential growth boomed in the 1960s and ’70s, prompting RHA to acquire 60 acres of land on Campbell Road for a new hospital. In 1975, with a budget of $9.7 million, they broke ground on a 100,000-square-foot facility. B.B. Owen Memorial Hospital, named for a Dallas businessman, opened two-and-a-half years later.

The hospital thrived, as did the community. When a $17 million expansion was completed in 1986, the facility more than doubled in size. The hospital continued under the direction of the Richardson Hospital Authority until 1993, when it became an affiliate of the Baylor Health Care System and changed its name to Baylor Richardson Medical Center. That same year, the cancer center opened, along with a physician office building.

By the year 2000, Richardson was no longer a bedroom community, but rather a significant employment center thanks to the Telecom Corridor. With access points in all directions via major highways, the city grew east.

In 2002, RHA bought 20 acres of land at the southeast corner of Renner Road and President George Bush Turnpike. This tract of land seemed to be in the middle of nowhere, but it would later become the bustling Bush/Renner campus.

More changes came in 2003, when the 10-year affiliation with Baylor Health Care System ended. The facility was renamed Richardson Regional Medical Center. The name changed, but the growth continued, as a physician pavilion opened on the Bush/Renner campus in 2004, followed by the new Richardson Cancer Center and a new emergency department in 2008.The following year, Richardson Regional joined the Methodist Health System, changing its name to what it is today, Methodist Richardson Medical Center. RHA officially sold the hospital to Methodist in 2011, ending the city’s 45-year ownership.

In April 2014, the new $120 million hospital opened at 2831 E. President George Bush Highway in Richardson. But, the story doesn’t stop there. Methodist Richardson continues to grow.

“We are already seven years ahead of our plan and are looking to add two additional floors to help keep up with our communities,” Hutchenrider says.

To better reflect the services offered at the Campbell Road campus, it is now known as Methodist Richardson Campus for Continuing Care. It features a full-service emergency department, a behavioral health and addiction recovery unit, imaging services, a wound care center and a sleep disorders lab. Vibra Hospital of Richardson, a third party, operates

Richardson’s first and only long-term acute care facility at this location.

“As evidenced by our past, the field of health care is ever changing, which is why this is an exciting time to help write the future,” Hutchenrider says. 

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