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Methodist Opens Center in Sugar Land

Methodist Health Center-Sugar Land opened its doors to patients on Monday, March 2.

The new 150,000-square foot facility offers a wide variety of services including a short-stay inpatient unit of 16 rooms; day surgery services, with a 12-room day surgery unit; a 24-hour emergency service for minor injuries; diagnostic imaging, cardiology, pulmonary, neurophysiology and mammography services; laboratory; and a pharmacy. The center has four day surgery operating suites.

Photograph
Some finishing touches are added to the new Sugar Land
facility prior to the community-wide grand opening celebration, Feb. 28.

The cost of the project, including construction and medical equipment, was $35.5 million.

The 200-member medical staff is a blend of community physicians and members of the active staffs of The Methodist Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. The facility will not be a primary teaching affiliate for Baylor College of Medicine.

A birth center with six birthing suites (for labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum) is also available to patients.

"Methodist Health Center-Sugar Land marks our first major step towards truly becoming a system of diverse health care services, reaching people and communities all around Houston," says Peter Butler, president and chief executive officer of Methodist. "Sugar Land is a first and it will set the standard in community health care and service for all of our future health centers."

"This health center truly will meet the needs of our growing, vibrant Fort Bend community and is designed with the family in mind," says Joan Damon, administrator of the facility.

Physicians and specialty services at the Methodist Health Center-Sugar Land include obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, primary care, internal medicine, family practice, orthopedics, general surgery, otolaryngology, pulmonary, gastroenterology, urology, neurology, ophthalmology, and anesthesiology. Adjacent to the center is a four-story medical office building; a similar professional building on the same land will have ground broken in April.

The Methodist Health Center-Sugar Land was designed by HKS, Inc.; the general contractor is Tellepsen Corporation.

- STEVE STEWART, ROGER WIDMEYER

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