Front row: Methodist Health System Board of Directors chair Levi Davis, Dallas Fire and Rescue Chief Louis Bright, Methodist Dallas Medical Center president Laura Irvine, Methodist Health System Foundation president and CEO April Box Chamberlain, Dallas City Councilwoman Delia Jasso, state Sen. Royce West, BrightER campaign honorary chair Nancy Ann Hunt, Methodist Health System Chief Operating Pam Stoyanoff, state Rep. Rafael Anchia
Back row: Dallas police chief David Brown, state Rep. Roberto Alonzo, Methodist Health System president and CEO Dr. Stephen Mansfield, Methodist Dallas Medical Center chief nursing officer Karla Ramberger, BrightER campaign honorary chair Ray Hunt BrightER campaign chair Chris Kleinert, Sammons Enterprises CEO Dave Bratton

Methodist hospital broke ground Tuesday on the $108-million Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

The trauma center, which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014, comprises 248,000 square feet and will expand the hospital’s emergency department tenfold. It will have 58 emergency room beds, six trauma suites, eight surgical suites and a 36-bed critical care unit.

The tower will open with six stories, but if the hospital wants to expand in the future, they could build five more stories on top of that.