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Grapevine was a small Texas community in 1953 when Drs. Ed and Minnie Lee Lancaster opened Grapevine Clinic and Hospital, the forerunner of the hospital that was to become Baylor Medical Center at Grapevine. The six-bed facility provided patients with general care, low-risk surgeries, obstetrics and 24-hour emergency service.
In 1960, Dr. Carlton D. Pittard joined the Lancasters at Grapevine Clinic and Hospital. Together they established the Ann B. Lancaster Memorial Foundation, which was named in honor of Dr. Ed Lancaster’s mother.
The Ann B. Lancaster Memorial Foundation opened a new 30,000 square foot clinic/hospital, the Grapevine Memorial Hospital and Clinic, on the present College Street location. It contained 25 beds, radiology facilities, a laboratory, physical therapy, a medial records library, and a delivery/surgical suite, as well as a six-bed nursery. A clinic with space for five physicians and three dentists was part of the new facility.
In 1974, The Watson Wing opened, named for donor Clara Stewart Watson. The addition gave the hospital a bed capacity of 55, with structural capacity to accommodate six additional stories. Twenty years after the Lancasters had opened their original small hospital, Grapevine Memorial Hospital was serving not only Grapevine, but also many communities in the surrounding area.
In September 1981, Grapevine Memorial Hospital became part of Baylor Health Care System and acquired a new name: Baylor Medical Center at Grapevine. Under terms of the agreement, the local hospital board remained intact and continued to oversee routine administrative decisions of the hospital operation.
A 55-bed facility when it became affiliated with Baylor, the hospital quickly began to expand its physical structure as well as increase its services and staff. Within months of joining Baylor, the hospital had new specialist on staff, new equipment, remodeled expanded facilities, and the beginnings of a new Medical Plaza.
Until 1983, Grapevine Medical Center had only a temporary Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in a two-bed room. Consequently, patients often had to be transferred to other hospitals because of lack of space. In October 1983, a donation from a Coppell couple, John and Mary Johnson, helped the hospital open a new ICU.
In December of 1983, Grapevine Medical Center celebrated the completion of the Grapevine Medical Plaza. Built by Baylor Health Care System, the two-story, $2.2 million professional building included spaces for 12 doctors and a day surgery unit. It was structured so that five additional floors could be added as necessary.
In 1985, groundbreaking ceremonies launched a $13 million expansion project for the medical center. On February 15, 1987, Baylor Medical Center at Grapevine dedicated its new four-story patient care tower. The tower expanded the capacity of the hospital to 104 beds. The project also included new operating rooms, a new emergency department, an intensive care coronary unit, and a new labor and delivery area.
The story of Baylor Grapevine is one of continuing growth, but never has the growth been so dramatic as in the past decade. The population boom in Northeast Tarrant County, particularly among younger families, spurred the hospital to expand in order to meet the health care needs of this growing population.
In 1995, the hospital broke ground on a new $17.7 million facility to add outpatient services, expand emergency services, create a women’s center, and provide a new intensive care unit.
During July 1997, 101 babies were delivered at Baylor Medical Center at Grapevine, breaking the hospital’s record for the number of births in a single month. Hospital officials expected that this record would too soon be broken. They had recognized five years earlier a boom in the population of young families in Northeast Tarrant County and they began planning a women’s center. Three months after the record-breaking number of births, the new women’s center was open. Named after benefactor Cecelia Cunningham Box, the center provided spacious new facilities for labor and delivery and other women’s services along with advanced technology.
Baylor Grapevine opened the Baylor Therapy Center in October 1998. The Center combined all outpatient physical rehabilitation, occupational therapy, and aquatic therapy in one location.
Baylor Grapevine began its kidney transplant program in 1999 under the auspices of the transplant program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. By December 2001, transplant surgeons at Baylor Grapevine had performed 100 kidney transplants.
Baylor Grapevine’s new cardiac rehab program is designed to help patients return to everyday activities following cardiac surgery. The program features monitored exercises programs as well as diet, stress management and relationship classes.
In 1999, Baylor Grapevine expanded services for premature and seriously ill newborns so that many who would previously have been transferred to other facilities could remain in Grapevine
In September 2001, a new magnetic resonance imaging (MIR) system at Baylor Grapevine expanded the diagnostic capabilities for cardiovascular and neurology.
The phenomenal growth that has characterized Baylor Grapevine throughout its history continued in 2003 with the completion of a new six-story patient tower, a two-story lab building and a partial basement. The $51 million project nearly doubled the number of licensed patient beds at the medical center.
The patient tower is named after Drs. Ed and Minnie Lee Lancaster who donated $2 million toward the construction of the project. Since 1953, when the couple opened a small clinic in Grapevine that was to become the precursor to Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, the Lancasters have been strong supporters of the medical center.
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