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By the late 1800s, Fort Worth was a thriving town on the west Texas frontier and a premier cattle trading and packing center. A small group of civic-minded women decided it was time to build an institution to care for the sick.
Calling themselves the "Comfort Band," the women rallied the citizens of Fort Worth to raise the funds needed for a hospital. Fort Worth's Episcopal Church soon joined their cause, and by 1906, All Saints Episcopal Hospital, with twenty-four beds and an affiliated nursing school, was ready to serve the community.
The hospital flourished during Fort Worth's oil boom of the 1920s, and a brand-new three-story facility accommodated the growing population. But unfortunately, that prosperity was short-lived and only the generosity of local businessman Dr. T.C. Terrell kept the hospital's doors from closing during the depression years.
Fortunately, by the end of World War II, a new period of affluence boosted Fort Worth's economy, and benefited All Saints. In 1959, All Saints opened a new nine-story, 365 bed hospital to meet the demand for healthcare.
In the decades that followed, the hospital expanded services, establishing the Moncrief Cancer Center with a $2.5-million donation from Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Moncrief in honor of their sixty-first wedding anniversary. Later, the Moncrief Ambulatory Care Center opened and the Carter Rehabilitation and Fitness Center began offering cardiac, pulmonary and orthopedic-related rehabilitation, along with a fitness center featuring an indoor heated pool, spa, track, aerobics room and resistance training equipment. Then in 1987, All Saints expanded its reach again by building a second full-service hospital in the growing area of southwest Fort Worth, All Saints Hospital Cityview (now known as Baylor Medical Center at Southwest Fort Worth).
By 2001, neurology and neurosurgery were at the forefront with the opening of the Laura Leonard Hallum Neuroscience Center. Today, the center offers expertise in spinal services, skull base surgery, stroke, neurosurgery and minimally invasive procedures, along with advanced technology such as deep brain stimulation for treatment of Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia.
A major milestone took place in 2002 when the All Saints Hospitals joined the Baylor Health Care System, an extensive network of private, not-for-profit hospitals in North Texas. The new affiliation would change the hospitals name to Baylor All Saints Medical Centers and give them access to the resources and expertise of Baylor Health Care System, including the Baylor Regional Transplant Institute.
By the summer of 2002, Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth was performing Tarrant County's first liver transplant, and by the fall of 2003, the hospital became the only hospital in the county to perform pancreas transplants. Since then, over two hundred patients in Tarrant County have benefited from Baylor All Saints' growing transplantation program, which also includes kidney transplantation.
Today, Baylor All Saints' reputation for full-service acute care continues to grow, not only in cancer, transplantation and neurosciences, but other areas as well. The George Kemble Rehabilitation Center, named in honor of the late George Kemble, M.D., medical director of rehabilitation services from 1983 until 2000, was dedicated in January 2003. The center houses Baylor All Saints' comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services. In 2004 the Baylor All Saints Regional Heart Center added two new heart therapies to its comprehensive cardiovascular program-cryoablation, which freezes and kills diseased heart tissue, and alcohol ablation, which uses medically prescribed alcohol to kill and shrink excess heart muscle tissue.
Women's services are an important focus our hospital. In 2004 more than nineteen hundred babies were born in the family-centered childbirth programs at Baylor All Saints and at Baylor Southwest. Specialists at Baylor All Saints also offer prenatal diagnosis and services, high-risk pregnancy care and newborn intensive care. Rounding out the services offered to women are care and newborn intensive care. Rounding out the services offered to women are diagnostic screenings like breast imaging and mammography, bone density for osteoporosis and medical and surgical treatment for gynecological conditions.
In 2005, Baylor All Saints was the first hospital in Texas and the third in the country to offer patients the new floor-mounted, flat panel interventional radiology suite. The suite allows doctors to perform minimally invasive surgery using high-tech imaging technology. Both Baylor All Saints and Baylor Southwest also have a full range of diagnostic imaging services, including CT scanning, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, and diagnostic radiology.
Also in 2005, the Nicholas and Louella Martin Center for Chronic Pain Management opened to offer patients and their families an interdisciplinary resource to turn to for coping with chronic pain. The center offers medical and surgical treatment, medication management, nutrition, vocational and psychological counseling, rehab therapy and education.
In late 2005, Baylor All Saints benefactors Judy and Paul Andrews, Jr., donated $10 million to the All Saints Health Foundation and laid the groundwork for a $95-million, 170,000-square- foot, four-story the Paul and Judy Andrews Women's Hospital on the campus of Baylor All Saints Medical Center. The 92-bed hospital opened in March 2008, and offers comprehensive specialty services such as reproductive medicine, gynecological surgery, pelvic medicine, obstetrical services, a level III intensive care unit for premature and low-birth weight infants. In addition to the traditional women's health services, Baylor All Saints offers a comprehensive breast center include a breast navigator, genetic testing services, an aesthetic center, urinary incontinence treatment center, and a sexual dysfunction clinic.
As Baylor All Saints Medical Centers begins its second century of service, the hospitals continue to move forward in order to provide quality healthcare services that make a difference in the lives of residents in the greater Fort Worth community.
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