DALLAS – Fifty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the hospital where the president was pronounced dead is preparing to leave that tragic scene and move into a new $1.27 billion facility across the street.

The new Parkland Hospital, which broke ground in 2010, is expected to open a year from now, though some sections of the 2.5 million square-foot campus are already complete. The Burn Intensive Care Unit patient rooms were finished in one of the two towers earlier this month, the hospital said. A new parking garage is already in use for patients and visitors to the old Parkland.

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