HOUSTON (April 16, 2014)

TMC campus renderingMemorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, the first hospital to open in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center (TMC), soon will embark on a $650 million expansion and renovation of its campus. The “Master Plan” project will position the hospital to continue its leading role in driving the latest technology and procedures to provide for the growing healthcare needs in the Houston region.

The Memorial Hermann Health System board unanimously approved the expansion in March 2014.

“The board approving this renovation and expansion recognizes that, as the Houston region’s only full-service health system, we must be prepared to stay ahead of the fast-growing advances in medicine, keep pace with the extraordinary growth of our medical staff and meet the health needs of our community,” said Dan Wolterman, president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System. “When completed, the Memorial Hermann-TMC Master Plan will enhance our ability to provide the highest-quality and safest healthcare for our community for many decades to come.”

Construction on the Memorial Hermann-TMC Master Plan is scheduled to begin this summer. The expansion is expected to be completed in 2018.

Highlighting the project will be the construction of a new, state-of-the-art patient care building, and an additional building that will include parking and infrastructure capabilities to support the new growth. The expansion also will provide the campus with:

  • An additional 1.34 million square feet
  • Additional 160 beds (plus 71 replacement beds)
  • 24 new operating rooms
  • 16 additional emergency room bays
  • 750 new parking spaces
  • 333-seat café.

In addition, seven shelled floors and six shelled operating rooms will be constructed to accommodate future growth with the potential of adding 264 beds.

“We recognize that our community will continue to grow and so will their health needs, so we’re designing the building with a forward-looking perspective to meet those needs,” said Wolterman.

Founded in 1925, Memorial Hermann-TMC has set new standards of care in Texas and the nation through advances in the practice of medicine. The first building was only 200,000 square feet; today, the System’s flagship hospital spans more than 2.5 million square feet.

“Our buildings tell a remarkable story about our history, but it is our employees who truly define our legacy,” said Craig Cordola, CEO of Memorial Hermann-TMC. “With this expansion, we are building towards our future and investing in our people. It gives me great pride to be a part of this seminal moment in our hospital and system’s history.”

The Master Plan builds upon the tremendous growth at Memorial Hermann-TMC over the last year. In June 2013, the Board approved $50 million to address short-term capacity projects at Memorial Hermann-TMC, establishing a new observation unit, expanding the post-acute care unit and building out new inpatient beds and operating rooms.

“Through our partnership with UTHealth Medical School as well as our private physicians, we have recruited phenomenal clinicians, expanding the services provided across our system,” Cordola said.

“We are excited about our growth and future,” Cordola said. “But I want to assure our patients and the community that Memorial Hermann-TMC will continue to meet their needs now without disruption as we prepare to meet their needs in the future.”

Memorial Hermann provides exceptional care in pediatrics, heart, neuroscience, orthopedics, women's health, specialty surgery, and organ transplantation. Memorial Hermann-TMC is home to one of only two certified Level I trauma centers in the greater Houston area, providing 24-hour emergency and trauma care to more than 70,000 patients a year. In addition, Memorial Hermann Life Flight® air ambulance service operates a fleet of six helicopters, providing emergency rescue and air transport services to a multi-county area.