The morning of Saturday, Feb. 11, residents of Prosper and its surrounding communities celebrated the grand opening of the Texas Health Neighborhood Care and Wellness center in Prosper.

The event gave everyone a chance to take a look and experience some of the services provided by Texas Health and the brand new outpatient care facility through a series of fun activities and tours for the entire family. Director of Operations Rendell Gazzingan said that the purpose of the event is to open up a new home for the community.

“We wanted to take away all the clinical feels of this kind of space and really just let folks know that we’re here for them,” Gazzingan said. “And as they’re going through all the different activities, kind of see that it is family friendly.”

The activities included fitness demonstrations in the new fitness center, photo booths for the families, chef demonstrations in one of the community education rooms, a teddy bear clinic, face painting, inflatables, story time and health screenings. The event also featured their brand new smoothie, coffee and hot chocolate bar, healthy snacks and a live radio broadcast by 94.9 KLTY.

“After working through all this, seeing our staff bring this place to light, now being able to have the community in here and enjoy it has been so fulfilling,” Gazzingan said.

She said that prior to the groundbreaking of the building, the staff held focus groups at the local golf club to figure out what residents of Prosper really wanted to see in their community.

“We really did take everything that the community had said during those focus groups and tried to bring it (here),” Gazzingan said.

The Texas Health Prosper facility, as part of Texas Health Presbyterian Plano hospital, provides 24/7 emergency care as well as primary and specialty care, physicals, sports and hand therapy, imaging and rehabilitation services, a fitness center open to the public, wellness education and counseling services.

“Through every step of this process we’ve always wanted folks in the community to come out and see the space, because as a neighborhood care and wellness facility, the whole goal is to be part of the neighborhood, be part of the community,” Gazzingan said.

The 65,000 square-foot facility located near the intersection of the Dallas North Tollway and Highway 380 opened its doors on Monday, Feb. 13. It will mainly serve residents from Prosper, McKinney, Frisco, Celina, Aubrey and Little Elm. Amanda Thrash, administrator at Texas Health Prosper, said she is looking forward to residents receiving compassionate, quality care at the new facility.

“We are excited to be a part of this community and share what we have to offer,” Thrash said. “Our facility provides access to high-quality care in a location closer to home. And we look forward to helping residents achieve their health and wellness goals.”