The two-story Forest Park Medical Center, totaling 66,100 sf,will be built on 4.35 acres at the corner of US Hwy. 75 and ForestLane, tucked between HCA's Medical City and Presbyterian Dallas.The managing partners of the physicians group are Drs. RichardToussaint, Wade Barker, Robert Wyatt and Corazon Ramirez, who areunfazed by the competition in the pocket.

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"That location for our hospital, as well as theirs, is a verycentral location to the main core of Dallas and the highwaysystem," Wyatt explains about their choice of sites. The acreage,bought from Ty Commercial of Dallas, is considered to be the lastpremiere site inside the Interstate 635 loop.

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Wyatt tells GlobeSt.com that Forest Park Medical Center isenvisioned as a complex with 90,000 sf of medical office space as a"certainty" and a seniors' assisted living facility as one of thepossibilities for future expansion. A medical office building would"enhance the project," he says, "but it's not necessary for itssurvival."

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The managing partners are counting on Forest Park MedicalCenter's high-quality design and doctor-controlled administrationto set it apart from the competition. "This is not intended to befor just wealthier patients. We will be participating in Medicare.It's just a very, very high-quality hospital where the physicianscontrol the care they provide," he stresses.

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Dallas-based Staubach Co. has kicked in equity for the project,the first of several that's being weighed in partnership with thephysicians. Staubach senior project manager Derrick Evers andsenior vice president Brad Blankenship are overseeing thedevelopment of Forest Park Medical Center, which is awaiting itspermit from the City of Dallas. The 26-bed hospital, with eightoperating suites, is slated to deliver in first quarter 2009.

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Physician Synergy Group of Dallas will manage the hospital.Ascension Group Architects of Arlington designed thecontemporary-style hospital and Minneapolis-based Adolfson &Peterson Construction Co.'s Richardson team is the generalcontractor.

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[IMGCAP(2)]Rob Booze, Ascension's managing principal, says theaverage suite is 280 sf. The design includes VIP suites,floor-to-ceiling windows in each room and hotel-type amenities."They really are capturing curbside confidence with this facility.It will be a facility of choice," he says, "and be a recognizablelandmark in the North Dallas area."

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The number of physicians in the group is steadily increasing.The roster of services now includes bariatrics, spine care,gynecology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pain management, generalsurgery, plastic surgery and craniofacial and reconstructivesurgery.

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Forest Park Medical Center has the group's focus for now. But,Wyatt adds similar projects are likely to follow "it it's assuccessful as we hope it will be."

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