Planning for the Future
In 1906, a hospital affiliated with the Fort Worth Medical College was opened in Fort Worth free to all accident cases and any others the medical authorities accepted. Thus the foundation for JPS Health Network was laid.
For more than 100 years, JPS Health Network has served the medical needs of Tarrant County families as the community’s public healthcare system. The facilities on Fort Worth’s near south side have grown to include an acute-care hospital licensed for 573 beds and an outpatient care center attached by a skybridge across Main Street to a Patient Care Pavilion, a five-story acute care tower that includes the community’s only Level 1 Trauma Center.
Additionally, JPS has added community and specialty care clinics and 20 school-based health centers throughout the county to increase patient access to care in their neighborhoods. The majority of these health centers are located in low-income areas of the county accessible by public transportation (where available).
In 2009, the health network’s governing body, the Tarrant County Hospital District Board of Managers, began the process of planning for future facility improvements to ensure JPS can continue to meet the demands of a community whose population is projected to grow from 1.8 million in 2015 to 3.25 million by 2050.
Throughout the six-year planning process, each department or function was analyzed by experienced healthcare planners to determine the appropriate size and adjacency to accommodate current demand and future growth as well as compliance with industry standards and federal regulations.
In March 2016, the Tarrant County Commissioners Court adopted a resolution to begin a thorough and transparent process to engage the community in the conversation about Tarrant County’s current and future healthcare needs and what role JPS will play in providing that care.
The Tarrant County Hospital District Board of Managers and JPS executive leadership are excited about the opportunity to work closely with county commissioners, administrators and residents to build on the work done during the last six years to develop a facilities improvement plan to meet our growing community’s healthcare needs. We look forward to working with the Citizens’ Blue Ribbon Committee appointed by the Commissioners Court.
The committee’s work will include receiving information from a nationally recognized outside third party that will evaluate JPS’ current facilities to determine their functional usefulness and the cost of renovations to those facilities. (RFP at Commissioners Court April 19, 2016 meeting) The committee also will consider information from a nationally recognized expert/futurist in healthcare who will analyze how future needs and the delivery of medical services in Tarrant County align.