In 1958, the Garland Chamber of Commerce appointed a hospital board to investigate the need for a community hospital. Incorporation papers were submitted to the State in April 1958 and were accepted in May of the same year.
The hospital was named Memorial Hospital of Garland in memory of the veterans of World War II. Plans were to raise $1 million locally and that was to be matched by the federal government under the Hill-Burton Act. This would provide for a 100-bed hospital. Groundbreaking for the new hospital began in January 1963.
Memorial Hospital of Garland opened its doors in March 1964. The first expansion was the emergency department in 1970. Bed capacity was raised to 176, with an addition of a patient tower in 1972. In 1980, Phase I was built with a nursery and new labor and delivery areas. In November 1988, the $4.7 million professional office building and day surgery area was opened.
In 1991, Memorial Hospital joined Baylor Health Care System and was renamed Baylor Medical Center at Garland.
In August 2004, the hospital opened the Don and Ruth Buchholz Pavilion, a 105,000-square-foot addition that united the hospital and the adjacent Baylor Medical Plaza I office building into a streamlined medical complex. The four-story addition was designed not only to provide additional clinical capacity, but also to encourage the community to seek out the hospital in new ways as a health care resource.
In recent years, Baylor Medical Plaza III and IV have expanded the space for outpatient health services and physician offices, further underscoring the hospital’s mission to provide quality health care close to home.
In summer 2010, Baylor Garland completed a 4,300-square-foot expansion and renovation of the Emergency Department (ED). The Baylor Garland ED now offers a dedicated ambulance entrance, eight medical screening exam rooms, new lobby, check-in and waiting areas, 20 treatment rooms and seven critical care rooms. Laboratory and pharmacy services, as well as expanded radiology capabilities, have been added.
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