May 20, 2022; Fort Worth, Texas — The former site of Hemphill Behavioral Health Center is being demolished to make room for additional team member parking on the southwest corner of the JPS Main Campus.
Team members from the Hemphill clinic moved to a new location on West Terrell Avenue in August 2021. It was renamed the JPS Center for Behavioral Health Recovery. The old Hemphill clinic had outlived its usefulness. A former nursing home, the structure had a foreboding atmosphere with a front desk behind security glass, cinderblock walls, and a lack of exterior windows.
Demolition of the building, at the corner of Hemphill Street and Allen Avenue, will take about two weeks, and then removal of ancillary items such as planters, lights, and poles will take another two weeks.
“It’s rewarding to see some tangible signs of progress from the years of planning and preparation involved with the JPS Bond Program,” said JPS President and CEO Karen Duncan, MD.
This paves the way for major construction projects planned to expand JPS. The lot will be near the site of a future Psychiatric Emergency Center planned at Allen and Jennings Avenues. For more information about the JPS Bond Program, visit yestojps.org.
About JPS Health Network:
The Tarrant County Hospital District, known as JPS Health Network, is a tax-supported organization serving the healthcare needs of families in Tarrant County. Home to Tarrant County’s only Level I Trauma Center, JPS provides adult inpatient care at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas and offers comprehensive services including primary care, behavioral health, and pharmacy at more than 25 community locations. JPS is governed by an 11-member Board of Managers, whose members are appointed by the Tarrant County Commissioners Court.
JPS was named the Best Hospital for America by Washington Monthly magazine and the Lown Institute in 2020, and Outstanding Healthcare System by D CEO Magazine.