Who cares who shot J.R. -- at which hospital was the bullet removed? Perhaps it was at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas (operating as Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas), which serves "Big D" and the surrounding area. The medical facility has some 900 beds and is part of Texas Health Resources, which operates hospitals and care centers in North Texas and the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Texas Health Dallas' specialty services include digestive disorders, neuroscience, oncology, orthopedics, and cardiovascular care. The medical center also includes a bariatric surgery center, a fertility center, and rehabilitation facilities, as well as research institutes. Its staff includes more than 1,000 physicians.
The hospital's research labs include the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, which conducts physiology studies such as the effects of extreme heat on soldiers and the differing cerebral blood flow levels of elderly patients versus younger patients. Other areas of research at Texas Health Dallas include neurology; the hospital also conducts clinical trials in partnership with medical device and pharmaceutical makers.
In addition, Texas Health Dallas offers professional education programs. In 2011 it added a nursing residency program to improve its transition-to-practice services. The medical center also offers an internal medicine residency program for physicians, as well as continuing education programs.
The hospital opened in 1966 with 300 beds and has grown over the years to include some 900 beds. Its largest expansion project was completed in 2009 with the opening of the new $220 million Hamon Tower. The project connected six of the existing buildings on the Texas Health Dallas campus, including improving the existing underground tunnels that connected some structures. The seven-story building increased the hospital's critical care and ICU capacity; it also added diagnostic facilities and some 180 private patient rooms.
Texas Health Dallas was originally part of the Presbyterian Healthcare System, which merged with other area providers to form Texas Health Resources in 1997. – less