PEARLAND, TEXAS (July 26, 2013)

Memorial Hermann Health System, the state's most recognized system for patient safety and quality awards, will break ground on its new medical campus July 25 in Pearland, Texas.

Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital will include a convenient care center, scheduled to open early next year, that will provide one-stop, highly coordinated access to adult and pediatric primary care, specialty physicians, outpatient imaging and lab services, and a 24-hour emergency room.

The centerpiece of the medical campus will be a 64-bed acute care hospital, which will open in 2015. It will feature an intensive care unit, operating rooms, cardiac catheterization labs, medical/surgical units, Memorial Hermann Life Flight helipad, IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute, women's and neonatology services.

Dan Wolterman, President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System, said the groundbreaking underscores the hospital's commitment to providing residents of Pearland and Brazoria County with convenient access to care that meets their every health need.

"The groundbreaking ceremony represents the beginning of a new and great relationship between the residents of Pearland and Memorial Hermann," said Wolterman. "We want to be your healthcare provider of choice and earn your trust by providing safe, high quality and comprehensive care to your family and others in Pearland and surrounding areas. We look forward to serving you first with our Convenient Care Center, and later with a 64-bed, state-of-the-art hospital. We appreciate and welcome the opportunity to provide care to the citizens of this great and growing city and county."

The new medical complex also will benefit from integration within the larger Memorial Hermann system, where patients can be transported within minutes to Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital or Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, if a higher level of care is required.

"Pearland is the third largest city by population in the Gulf Coast Area and the second fastest growing city in the state of Texas, and our citizens will now have immediate access to Memorial Hermann's high-quality, patient-centered care," said Tom Reid, mayor of Pearland.

Several Pearland City Council members, including the Mayor, will be in attendance as well as other city, state and county officials.

Erin Asprec, Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, explained that Memorial Hermann has a strong partnership with the city of Pearland and looks forward to working together to advance the health of its residents.

"The doctors and nurses who will staff the Pearland Medical Complex are the same professionals who provide high quality care to families in this area," stated Asprec, adding that it will be staffed with the region's top medical specialists to meet the needs of the community."