PEARLAND, TEXAS (April 01, 2013)

Memorial Hermann Health System, known for its award-winning clinical expertise and patient-centered care, is pleased to announce plans to establish a new medical campus in Pearland. The multi-purpose complex will be built on the 40-acre site currently home to an outpatient imaging center, diagnostic lab services, and medical office building.

The new facility will include a "one-of-a-kind" convenient care center, scheduled to open later this year, that will provide one-stop, highly coordinated access to adult and pediatric primary care, specialty physicians, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and a 24-hour emergency room.

The centerpiece of the new 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, women's and neonatology services.

Dan Wolterman, President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System, said this announcement underscores the hospital's commitment to providing residents of Pearland and Brazoria County with convenient access to high-quality, comprehensive patient care.

"This new medical campus gives Pearland and surrounding areas better access to the expertise of Memorial Hermann and provides a place for medical professionals and the region's top specialists to care for their patients closer to home," said Wolterman.

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

"As mayor of the city of Pearland, I am proud to have one of the nation's outstanding integrated health systems expand their medical campus in our rapidly growing city," said Tom Reid. "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 improved access to Memorial Hermann's high-quality, patient-centered care.

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.

"We have designed our new campus with the growing needs of the community in mind," continued Asprec. "We are very excited to bring this one-stop, highly coordinated medical facility close to home."

Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital will be located on the southbound side of Highway 288 near FM 518. A ground-breaking ceremony will be announced soon.