Tree being placed on the top of metal structureOn September 24, 2018, Memorial Hermann celebrated the topping out of its new 17-story Susan and Fayez Sarofim Pavilion, under construction at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (“Memorial Hermann-TMC”). Construction of the tower is expected to be complete in 2020.

Topping out is a historical tradition in building construction, celebrating when the structure of a building has reached a significant milestone of completion. In the case of its new tower, Memorial Hermann celebrated completion of steel framing on the main Sarofim Pavilion structure.

Prior to the ceremony, all Memorial Hermann-TMC campus employees were invited to sign the topping-out beam. Employees included well wishes for the future, noted their years of service and snapped photos of their signatures and with their colleagues as they signed. The beam will be installed in the future John S. Dunn Heliport maintenance garage and will remain visible to future visitors of the helipad.

Life Flight Helicopter Sarofim HallExpanding Critical Care Services

Sarofim Pavilion will be home to:

  • The Red Duke Trauma Institute at Memorial Hermann-TMC
  • Memorial Hermann Life Flight®, including the John S. Dunn Helistop and dispatch center; and the John S. Burn Center, the only comprehensive burn center in Houston verified by the American Burn Association
  • New pediatric facilities including a pediatric hybrid OR, a pediatric cath lab and shelled space for an additional pediatric cath lab, to be built in the future
  • Other critical care services

The tower is part of a $700 million expansion and renovation of the Memorial Hermann-TMC campus, which will include:

  • 148 additional beds
  • 26 operating rooms (19 replacement and five additional)
  • 16 additional emergency center bays
  • More than 900 new parking spaces
  • 335-seat café
  • Seven shelled (unfinished) floors and four shelled operating rooms to accommodate future growth

New Trauma Hybrid OR

One of the most exciting aspects of the new facility will be a new trauma hybrid operating room (“OR”), a large operating room dedicated to caring for the most critically injured trauma patients. The new OR will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology and will allow surgeons to perform both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. In the new OR, surgeons will have the ability to perform a CT scan of the head, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis on the operating room table and perform both angiographic and open procedures.

“Early hemorrhage control improves survival in trauma patients. Select trauma patients will be transported directly from the helipad or ambulance bay to the hybrid OR to expedite surgical hemorrhage control,” says Michelle McNutt, MD, trauma surgeon affiliated with Memorial Hermann.” The hybrid OR will bring all technology to the patient and allow more efficient and timely care. This should lead to improved outcomes in our most critically injured patients.”

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