In the last two decades, Prosper has grown from a rural outpost with 2,000 residents to a city with 35,000 people. This week, the city will add another piece to its explosive growth: Cook Children’s Health Care System pediatric hospital.
Cook first opened the 23-acre medical campus in 2019 and added a medical office building in 2020, but the hospital ribbon cutting is happening later today. The northern outpost of the health system will sit on the eastern edge of Denton County and add to its 17 primary care clinics around North Texas, including Aubrey, Plano, McKinney, Allen, Denton, Celina, Frisco, Little Elm, Flower Mound, and Carrollton.
The new hospital continues the theme of health systems reaching north as North Texas sprawls toward Oklahoma. Children’s Health is building a 72-acre specialty center campus in Prosper set to open next year. Earlier this year, Methodist Health System announced a new facility to be built in Celina. Baylor Scott & White Health has asked to rezone land in Frisco, which could result in another hospital in that growing suburb.
On opening day (which will be later this month), the 222,000 square-foot hospital will be equipped with 24 beds, with 10 emergency department rooms, 14 medical/surgical beds, and 10 pediatric ICU beds. In addition, there will be 14 specialties available on campus. The hospital will eventually have 82 beds and 20 emergency department beds. There will be two operating rooms, three procedure rooms, an infusion center, a retail pharmacy, an outpatient lab, a chapel, a cafe, and an imaging center. Cook Children’s Prosper medical center has already seen 100,000 patients via the other facilities on campus and employs 549 people.
The pediatric facility was built with its patients in mind, with color spaces and creative murals to engage children when they visit. For example, the main entrance includes what a release from Cook Children’s calls “A Sistine-Chapel-like” mural of flying cows, connecting the Prosper facility to its Cowtown roots in Fort Worth. There will also be a tile tree with color-coded leaves to help patients and guests navigate the hospital.
In 2022, U.S. News and World Report recognized Cook Children’s for cancer treatment, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and pulmonology.
Cook Children’s accompanied the new hospital with a new logo this month, which shifts the color scheme and changes the three triangles on top of the text.
“This is an extraordinary time in our almost 105-year history in North Texas,” said Rick W. Merrill, President, and CEO of Cook Children’s Health Care System via release. “Families in this fast-growing region can take comfort in knowing there’s no need to drive long distances to see board-certified pediatricians, specialists, intensivists, hospitalists, and emergency medical doctors. Their child’s medical needs can be met right here by our outstanding team in Prosper.”