THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (January 07, 2010)

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, which has been serving The Woodlands and nearby communities for more than 25 years, and has broken ground on a new, seven-story patient tower. The cost of the project is roughly $80 million.

Phase one of the 240,000-square-foot expansion will add eight state-of-the-art surgical suites and surgical support services, including pre-operation and recovery rooms, waiting areas and sterile processing. Four shelled floors will accommodate future growth and could include additional inpatient beds, physician offices or post acute services.

"Since 1991, we have invested more than $180 million to respond to the growth and needs of this dynamic market," said Steve Sanders, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital Chief Executive Officer. "The greater Montgomery County area is one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. and it is our responsibility to continue to respond to that growth not only with facilities like the new patient tower, but also technology and a higher level of services."

This is the third major expansion project undertaken by Memorial Hermann The Woodlands in the past decade. In 2003 the hospital completed a six-story patient tower, and a third medical office building was opened on campus in 2005. In addition to facility expansion projects, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center continues to expand its services and medical specialties on campus and beyond.

In 2009, the hospital opened a new community 24-Hour Emergency Services on Woodlands Parkway and has established an ongoing relationship with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, Mischer Neuroscience Institute and the University of Texas Health Science Center. "We continue to invest in our future to meet the growing needs of our community," said Josh Urban, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital's Chief Operating Officer. "We are well on our way to accomplishing our vision to bring a medical center level of care to the communities we serve."

Expansion details at a glance:

  • Addition of eight surgical suites, bringing the campus total to 21 suites
  • Expanded pre-op, recovery and waiting areas
  • New central sterile processing and mechanical room
  • Cosmetic upgrade to existing surgical suites
  • New state-of-the-art MRI
  • Outpatient Star Lobby expansion including Pre-admit, Radiology and Admission areas
  • Four shelled floors to accommodate future growth