HCA Gulf Coast Division breaks ground on Pearland Medical Center

HCA Gulf Coast Division President Maura Walsh, along with Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, Manvel Mayor Delores Martin, HealthOne 24 Hour Emergency Care – Pearland Medical Director Earl Miller, M.D., and HCA Gulf Coast Division Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Sliwinski recently broke ground for the new $71 million Pearland Medical Center.

“The Pearland Medical Center groundbreaking emphasizes HCA Gulf Coast Division’s long-standing commitment to the residents of Pearland and Brazoria County by providing convenient, highquality healthcare close to home,” Walsh said. “As an HCA affiliated hospital, Pearland Medical Center joins our continuum of nine other Houston - area medical centers, ambulatory surgery centers, diagnostic imaging facilities, and off campus emergency centers.”

The 144,000-square-foot, 30-bed acutecare hospital will open in the fall of 2014 and feature surgical suites, medical/surgical beds, intensive care beds and a 24-hour emergency department. Imaging services will include magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography, a catheterization lab, echocardiogram testing, and nuclear medicine modalities. The Center’s new women’s services will provide digital mammography, labor and delivery suites, cesarean-section operating rooms and a newborn nursery.

The new hospital will be located at the southwest intersection of Highway 288 and Shadow Creek Parkway on a 48-acre site currently home to a full-service, freestanding emergency department, imaging center and 3-story, 80,000 square foot medical office building. Construction is scheduled to start in October. ▼

Memorial Hermann Health System announces $93 million expansion of Its Sugar Land Hospital

Memorial Hermann Health System recently announced a $93 million expansion and upgrade of its Memorial Hermann Sugar Land hospital into the area’s most advanced facility.

The expansion to Memorial Hermann Sugar Land hospital is designed to significantly enhance the patient experience and meet the healthcare needs in the rapidly growing Fort Bend County region. When complete, the expansion will include a new six-story, 120,000-square-foot patient tower that will increase the hospital’s total bed count to 141, as well as an additional professional building, new equipment and related facilities.

“One of our highest priorities is to prepare for the growing market in Fort Bend County,” said Dan Wolterman, President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System.

“With the expansion of our Sugar Land h o s p i t a l , along with major nearby f a c i l i t i e s in our Southwe s t , Katy and T e x a s Medical Center hospitals, we will be wellprepared to fully serve all of the residents of Fort Bend County,” said Wolterman.

Phase one of the project will see eight new beds added to the Emergency Center, increasing the total to 26, and the building of a new surgical suite with full digital integration affording surgeons access to patients’ records and imaging studies within the operating room. Shell space will also be added to accommodate future surgical suites. A new MRI and an advanced CT scanner will technologically upgrade the hospital’s imaging capabilities. Phase one is expected to begin later this year and be completed by mid- 2014.

“Sugar Land and the surrounding area continue to grow and it is our responsibility to respond to that growth not only with upgraded and expanded facilities, but also with new technology and a higher level of services,” said Greg Haralson, CEO of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

Phase two of the project, expected to break ground in November 2014, will add a second professional office building. The new structure will provide 100,000 square feet of combined physician offices, expanded sports medicine and rehabilitation services, along with outpatient imaging.

Construction on the patient tower will begin around the same time, in the fall 2014, marking phase three of the expansion. When completed, the intensive care unit bed count will increase to 14, and 16 new beds will be added to the intermediate care unit. Including shell and expansion capability, the tower will ultimately house 210 beds.

“We continue to invest in our future to meet the growing needs of our community,” Haralson continued. “We are well on our way to accomplishing our vision to bring a medical center level of care to the communities we serve.”

This is the first major development project undertaken at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land since its opening in 2006.

The expansion plans for Memorial Hermann Sugar Land hospital comes on the heels of major growth initiatives at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, Memorial Hermann Katy, Memorial Hermann Northwest hospitals, and development of a medical campus in Pearland that will feature a Convenient Care Center, a 64-bed hospital and medical office buildings.

Expansion details at a glance:

• $93 million project in 3 phases

• 100,000 square foot professional office building

• 120,000 square foot patient tower

• Emergency Center expanding capacity to 26 beds

• New MRI and upgraded CT scanner

• ICU beds to increase to 14