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$5 Billion Pediatric Health Campus Planned For Dallas, Texas

The center is expected to open in six to seven years

Children's HealthSM and UT Southwestern Medical Center recently revealed a state-of-the-art $5 billion pediatric health campus in Dallas’ Southwestern Medical District. 

The 33-acre facility is planned with a patient-focused approach to address the growing demand for pediatric services, ranging from routine care to specialized treatments. The hospital, spanning about 2 million square feet, will include two 12-story towers and an 8-story tower, serving as a substantial upgrade from the current Children’s Medical Center Dallas. 

“This new pediatric campus, a joint investment with UT Southwestern, enhances our shared capacity to provide comprehensive care for children, including those with the most complex medical and surgical needs,” President and CEO of Children’s Health Christopher Durovich said in an official statement. “It enables us to continue pioneering academic research, life-saving treatments and industry-leading technology for pediatric patients for generations to come.”

Project highlights include:

  • 4.5 million square feet of construction
  • 552 beds (38% increase) with space for future expansion
  • Increased emergency department space and operating rooms 
  • Two helicopter pads
  • A level I pediatric trauma center, 90 ER exam rooms and 24 observation rooms
  • A connector bridge between the new campus and Clements University Hospital, with direct access to the pediatric expertise provided at the Children’s Health level IV neonatal intensive care unit and cardiovascular intensive care unit 
  • A new fetal care center for complex maternal and fetal health care, including fetal surgery capabilities at the adjoining Clements University Hospital
  • A new outpatient clinic building, adding 96 exam rooms that will continue to operate at the existing Specialty Center Dallas outpatient facility on Stemmons Freeway at Medical District Drive

According to UT Southwestern, the demand for healthcare services in North Texas is on the rise, fueled by population growth that consistently exceeds the national average. Projections indicate that by 2025, the region will host approximately 8.5 million residents. Presently, the pediatric population in Dallas-Fort Worth stands at nearly 2.5 million, anticipated to exceed 3 million by 2032 and double by 2050.

Scheduled to open within the next six to seven years, the pediatric campus will be situated on the UT Southwestern Campus at the intersection of Harry Hines Blvd and Mockingbird Lane, opposite UTSW’s William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital.