Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center announced Friday plans for a $250 million expansion project that will add approximately half-a-million square feet of new services and parking space to the campus set for completion early 2022.
The announcement comes on the unveiling of a new neurosurgery floor this summer.
“I think everyone’s really excited about it. It starts with our community, our community is going to be excited because we will continue to be there for them, and we will continue to deliver the high quality care and exceptional service that we’ve been doing for many decades,” Josh Urban said, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands.
Earlier in the year Memorial Hermann had expanded their TIRR pediatric outpatient rehabilitation services along with a new neuroscience wing and the area’s only epilepsy monitoring unit. A new minimal hear repair option, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, was offered by the hospital in May making them the first hospital in Montgomery County to do so.
Currently, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands treats over 92,000 patients every year through their inpatient admissions and emergency center visits. Their current capacity, 397 licensed beds, might increase to as much as 535 licensed beds and an additional 30 observational beds with completion of the project.
For physicians, guests and staff there are presently 2,375 parking spaces that is set to increase to 2,663 free spaces upon completion.
The main entrance of the hospital faces Pinecroft Drive towards the west part of the original building design and ever since the facility has been open. After construction and new renovations the entrance will shift to the Southern Tower which will face Medical Plaza Drive and become the centerpiece of the expansion. It will have a new sky bridge that connects to the new expanding parking garage.
The south tower will be a 332,510 square-foot facility with eight floors and three shelled floors for their future projected growth which will include ‘four additional catheterization and interventional suites’. The tower will feature ‘new registration and observation areas, six additional operating rooms, endoscopy services, post-acute care unit, a conference center, cardiopulmonary and catheterization labs, 36-bed patient care unit and an intensive care unit.’
The tower is a major component of the construction and will allow the expansion of 144,120 square-feet in other areas of the hospital which will include ‘food services, imaging, surgery support, pharmacy services, TIRR Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, orthopedic services and inpatient care areas.’
Urban says that after a continuous cycle of running out of space due to the area’s growth for sometime, talks of further expanding the hospital has been going on for quite awhile now.
Once the tower is built the hospital will go back and make everything in the facility bigger, give it some modernization that will allow them (the hospital) to care for more patients efficiently and further impact families and residents in the surrounding communities, he said.
“It’s more than just having a beautiful building, it’s technology advancements and hiring more people, recruiting more doctors,” Urban said. “Everything we do when we expand, you expand buildings but you also get to grow your clinical programs and services as well to actually provide the care. Those will continue to get bigger.”
The project’s construction begins Spring 2020 and set for completion early 2022.