August 16, 2010

70 Million Dollar Expansion for West Houston Medical Center Announced

Houston, Texas, April 18, 2011—HCA affiliated West Houston Medical Center (WHMC) is nearing completion of a $70 million expansion project that will increase women’s, cardiovascular, surgical and critical care services to better serve the West Houston community. The grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will be held Thursday, May 12, 2011.

The expansion adds more than 95,000 square feet of new construction, 33,000 square feet of renovations, and 23,000 square feet of shell space. WHMC will increase licensed beds by 53; add operating rooms, build a new Intensive Care Unit, and expand women’s services. The expansion will also help drive the West Houston economy by creating construction jobs and additional healthcare positions.

“We have a responsibility and a conviction to ensure our ability to meet the health needs of our community now and in the future,” said Maura Walsh, Division President of HCA Gulf Coast Division. "Our patients have come to expect high quality healthcare from West Houston Medical Center and this expansion is all about our mission at HCA to provide compassionate, exceptional healthcare in a quality facility."

A new three-story tower, added to the northeast side of the existing hospital, will house cardiac services, including two cardiac catheterization labs, one bi-plane electrophysiology lab, five diagnostic procedure rooms, and ten cardiac recovery bays. The tower will also house shell space for future telemetry medical/surgical beds with the ability to expand vertically three additional floors.

"Patients in our community will have access to excellent healthcare that combines the best of convenient, multidisciplinary care," said Todd Caliva, CEO of West Houston Medical Center. "Since opening our doors 25 years ago, we have had a huge increase in our population and patient volume. We are excited for the opportunity to grow and develop with our community."

Approximately $30 million of the $70 million in capital was directed to women’s services, opening a new wing last December and starting an affiliation with The Woman’s Hospital of Texas (TWHT). Now on the second floor of the hospital’s south side, new labor and delivery rooms, postpartum rooms, newborn nursery, and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) make WHMC’s women’s services renowned in the area.

"West Houston Medical Center has developed a joint strategy with The Woman’s Hospital of Texas to enhance the quality of our services," said Caliva. "Our women’s wing is called The Woman’s Hospital of Texas at West Houston as we work together with Woman’s to elevate and enhance our already high level of women’s services."

The architectural firm Gould/Turner (GTG) designed WHMC’s renovation with growth and work flow in mind. WHMC serves more than 47,000 patients annually in its Emergency Department alone. That number is projected to increase by seven percent this year and is a good indicator of the need for additional space. The increased number of beds, more patient-friendly waiting areas, and centralized departments will help to promote patient satisfaction and greater operational efficiency.

The hospital, which opened in 1985, is one of Houston’s most renowned for its quality achievements. WHMC currently employs more than 1,000 staff and is served by 500 physicians in multiple specialties.

About West Houston Medical Center

West Houston Medical Center is a 221-bed, full service hospital located on Richmond Avenue just east of Dairy Ashford. The hospital has served the community for 25 years with 24 hour emergency services; an open heart surgery program; neurosurgery program; inpatient and outpatient surgery and diagnostic services; women’s services; wound care, and more. The Sugar Land Medical Center—including Sugar Land Cancer Center, Sugar Land Diagnostic Center, and Sugar Land Surgery Center—is located on the Southwest Freeway at the Williams Trace and Sugar Lakes exit.

About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, cancer centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include 10 hospitals, 7 ambulatory surgery centers, 5 free standing emergency centers, 6 imaging centers, 5 cancer care programs, and a Regional Transfer Center that provides ground and air patient transportation to and from division hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

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