Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, part of the Memorial Hermann Health System and the first hospital to open in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, embarked on a $700 million renovation and expansion to provide for Greater Houston’s growing healthcare needs. The Susan and Fayez Sarofim Pavilion is the new home of the Red Duke Trauma Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, and is a testament to Memorial Hermann’s legacy of care and innovation for the community. Built to provide life-saving care for the most critically ill and injured patients, this 17-story tower provides an additional 1.34 million square feet to the existing 2.5 million square-foot campus, allowing for the expansion of trauma, critical care and heart & vascular services—for today and tomorrow.
The largest cafeteria at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, the Arboretum Café located on the 2nd floor will have seating for 335 people. Its expanded menu will include new food offerings such as sushi and more vegan and vegetarian options.
Sarofim Pavilion has Operating Rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors, including the custom-designed Hybrid Trauma OR. By combining a traditional OR with an image-guided interventional suite, the Hybrid Trauma OR can accommodate highly complex, advanced surgical procedures to meet the complex needs of trauma patients. These floors also include a Neuro Hybrid OR, Pediatric Cardiovascular Hybrid OR and a Pediatric Cath Lab.
Each patient floor will feature 36-38 patient rooms, all built and licensed to operate as ICU beds. To accommodate families, each patient floor has dedicated Lactation rooms available and a family lounge overlooking Hermann Park and the Houston Zoo, in addition to traditional waiting rooms. Six shelled floors provide for future growth.
10,000 sq. ft. larger than the former helipad, the new helipad can accommodate larger, heavier aircraft including Black Hawk helicopters. Decontamination showers are double the previous size to better serve industry partners during major disasters/crisis events. Life Flight Command Center and Life Flight Education are now on the same floor. The adjacent trauma elevator provides dedicated access for the Life Flight team to continue their expedited care to definitive treatment in the OR or Emergency Center.
Adult Trauma Rooms have the capacity to double up in a mass casualty event. Each room has an imprint of red boots in honor of legendary trauma surgeon and Life Flight co-founder, Dr. James “Red” Duke, Jr. These boots mark where the lead trauma physician stands when the room is in use. Also, the new Ambulance Bay is covered and twice the size.
Although Adult and Pediatric Emergency Centers are now open, work will continue until 2021 as part of an 18-month renovation phase. During this time, the Children’s Emergency Center waiting area will serve as the temporary adult area, with future changes to come to flooring and furniture. Additional Clinical Support Areas that will be transitioning to the new tower include: Pharmacy, Blood Bank, Anatomical Pathology and Sterile Processing.