KATY, TEXAS (April 09, 2013)

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, which has served Katy and the surrounding area for more than 30 years, will break ground on a new, six-story patient tower early next year in a move to meet the wide-ranging health needs of families and businesses in one of the Houston region's fastest growing cities.

"Katy's population increased by 98 percent from 2000 to 2010 and it's growing by five to six percent annually," explained Scott Barbe, Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. "As a longtime institution and partner in this community, we have witnessed that explosion in growth. We understand now is the time to strategically expand our clinical capacity and service offerings to meet the healthcare needs in this community. We are making a major investment in our hospital that will allow us to continue to be the provider of choice in the Katy area as we have been for more than 30 years."

The $70 million expansion will add additional capacity in multiple units, including surgical suites, medical and surgical beds, labor and delivery, and the emergency center, and will bring the hospital's total bed count to near 200. It also will be constructed in a way to accommodate future growth.

"We recognize that Katy is one of the fastest growing cities in our System's service area," said Dan Wolterman, President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System. "This significant expansion is not only an acknowledgment of that growth, but an understanding of that community's health care needs. We look forward to growing with Katy and its surrounding communities, and advancing the health of its citizens for another 30 years and beyond.

Memorial Hermann also will break ground on a second medical plaza on the campus this summer. At a cost of $15 million, the 100,000-square-foot building will be located adjacent to Medical Plaza 1 and will house physician office space as well as space for expanded sports medicine and outpatient imaging services.

In addition to facility expansion projects, Memorial Hermann Katy continues to expand services on the campus. The hospital recently purchased Breast Tomosynthesis, a 3-D mammogram technology that enables radiologists to see "inside" the breast, greatly improving their ability to detect smaller tumors at the earliest stages of breast cancer, as well as a new da Vinci® Si Surgical System that enables physicians to take a minimally invasive approach for many complex surgical procedures.