THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (February 26, 2009)

Hospital to open nearly 30,800 square feet and 36 beds

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center has expanded its facility by 30,797 square feet and 36 beds in response to the increasing demand for higher acuity care within its facility and the growing community. The $6.1 million expansion, scheduled to open on February 2, brings the hospital's total bed count to 252.

The new Intermediate Care Unit beds will house medical or surgical patients with moderate to severe physiologic instability, which can include patients with cardiac, neurological or respiratory problems. These patients typically require less care than is provided in the Intensive Care Unit, but a higher level of care than can be provided on a standard medical or surgical unit.

The private beds, arranged into three "neighborhoods" of 12 rooms each, provide around-the-clock electrocardiogram (EKG) and blood pressure monitoring. Additionally, the rooms are staffed by specially trained registered nurses with support provided by patient care assistants and unit clerks.

Media are invited to tour the Intermediate Care Unit on Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 3 to 6 p.m.