|Vol. 25, No. 4||March 1, 2003|
Woodlands Memorial Hermann Hospital Opens
By DAVID MENDEL
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
Nearly two years after construction began, a new 168-bed patient tower at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital opened to the public Feb. 15. The $78 million, seven-story structure is designed around a family-centered care theme, with expanded private rooms that provide comfortable accommodations for family members.
Among the facilities is a surgery center containing eight state-of-the-art surgery suites for both emergency and elective procedures. From routine X-rays to cardiac catheterizations and Positron Emission Tomography scans, the new tower offers a host of diagnostic services, along with cancer, rehabilitation, women’s, pediatric and emergency care. Medical staff in the Level II and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units are trained to care for infants as young as 28 weeks. A Family Birth Center houses 34 birthing suites and offers single-room maternity care complete mother-baby care in a single room.
All rooms throughout the facility are equipped with Internet access and each floor offers a spacious family gathering area featuring comfortable lounges. Soothing colors and artwork throughout the hospital promote a healing environment.
“It has truly been an honor for Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital to serve the health care needs of our area families for the past 18 years,” said Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital CEO Steve Sanders. “This expansion is our gift to the community and one that will allow us the space and technology to continue providing the fine health care every family deserves and has come to expect.”
A week prior to its official opening, the hospital celebrated the patient tower’s grand opening with festivities and behind-the-scenes tours for the general public. The community celebration included food, entertainment, giveaways and prizes, and free health screenings, as well as a bike rodeo, kids’ puppet show, tours of a Life Flight helicopter, ambulance, fire truck and more.
The new tower is part of an ongoing $420 million expansion of hospitals throughout Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, designed to meet growing patient demand.
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