This week, Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital celebrated not only their past but also their future as CEO Debbie Sukin announced a $240 million expansion project.
At an event on the hospital’s third floor where guests mingled as a three-piece orchestra played, Sukin shared details of the hospital’s new patient care tower. It’s phase two of the master-planned expansion.
“We’re not done. We started this endeavor together, to lead medicine in Montgomery County. Thanks to this community and to the board members being responsive to the demand, I am incredibly excited to announce that we are breaking ground on the next patient care center,” Sukin said.
The tower will be located off the east side of the existing tower; the two buildings will connect directly into each other when all is finished. The expansion includes an additional 100 beds focused on medical, surgical and women’s areas and 10 new operating rooms. It’ll also expand the endoscopy center, heart center, diagnostic imaging department and emergency center.
“None of this would be possible without our unparalleled medical staff, hospital staff and support of the community. We are so very grateful, and we have so much to celebrate,” Sukin said from the stage.
The hospital plans to break ground on the tower this September, with an anticipated completion date of the early part of 2022 — making it an 18-to 24-month construction project.
Sukin made sure to point out that embarking on this phase of the project is about more than hard hats, brick and mortar.
“For me, there is nothing more exciting than building clinical programs and bringing the best of the best…to this community,” Sukin said, adding that the system’s clear vision of leading medicine with safety, quality and innovation helps them succeed.
And the announcement comes as a sort of birthday present to the hospital, which turns two years old next month. Sukin pointed out the ways the hospital has grown by completing capital projects, adding physicians to the roster and caring for thousands of patients during the facility’s tenure in The Woodlands.
Ralph Alexander, a member of Houston Methodist The Woodlands’ Board of Trustees, spoke to the crowd about the hospital’s drive for performance.
“Houston Methodist is a hospital system, but more than that it’s about people coming together in a powerful way, all connected by the idea of leading medicine…It permeates everything they do,” Alexander said.
Ann Snyder, a member of The Woodlands Township Board of Directors and also on the hospital’s board, recognized the hospital’s strides.
“I believe in our promise to offer the highest quality patient care center and to explore medical innovations for today and for the future,” Snyder said.
To commemorate another birthday — the entire hospital system’s 100th year — Sukin unveiled an interactive touch-screen wall containing photos and information on the system’s small beginnings in the early 20th century to the innovative procedures developed in the last few years.
“This living wall features 100 years of history all at the touch of your fingertips. You will find a rich history of medical firsts and innovations,” Sukin said, explaining that the wall will travel to each of the system’s hospitals before making its final stop at the Texas Medical Center downtown.
The interactive screens were accompanied by gallery-like panels on the history of how the system came into existence. Before releasing guests to explore the exhibits, Sukin again thanked those in attendance for their commitment and investment in the hospital and community.