THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (June 04, 2015)

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, the first hospital to open in The Woodlands, is set to further expand its infrastructure and services, in a move to meet the growing healthcare needs in its region.

The Memorial Hermann Health System Board unanimously approved the $25 million expansion of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands to support the growth of the hospital’s key service lines and meet the needs of a growing community.

A leading healthcare provider in Montgomery County for the last 30 years, the hospital has invested approximately $200 million in the last five years into enhancements like the Spring Convenient Care Center (scheduled to open in summer 2016), Emergency Department renovation and expansion (underway and expected to be completed in 2017) and the construction of an additional on-campus medical office building (scheduled for summer 2016).

“It has been and will always be a priority for Memorial Hermann to provide access to safe, quality healthcare and services in Montgomery County and beyond,” said Dan Wolterman, President and CEO of Memorial Hermann. “As the first hospital system to offer its services in the communities surrounding Houston, Memorial Hermann has grown alongside The Woodlands and Montgomery County and will continue to do so.”

The new expansion includes the build-out of a shelled space in Memorial Hermann The Woodlands East Tower and is scheduled to begin this summer with a completion date set for summer 2016.

The expansion includes:

“This is an exciting time for The Woodlands community,” said Josh Urban, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands. “The incredible evolution of our campus speaks to Memorial Hermann’s dedication to the people it serves. We will continue to accommodate the incredible growth and expansion of this area with our unmatched quality and service. That will never change.”

The new construction plans will help to grow the heart and vascular, neuroscience, trauma and orthopedics programs on the campus and are congruent with recent endeavors to expand patient service and care at and around Memorial Hermann The Woodlands.

“We advance health by nurturing growth and innovation and delivering quality patient care,” Urban said. “The expansion of services, facilities and medical staff at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands provides our constantly growing community with the versatile and dynamic healthcare options that it needs and deserves. No matter how large our community grows, we’ll have the capabilities and expertise to serve it.”

Since opening on Jan. 21, 1985, the hospital has grown from a 42-bed facility with 200 employees, known then as The Woodlands Community Hospital, to now operating with 294 beds and 1,900 employees, including a medical staff with more than 900 physicians, making Memorial Hermann The Woodlands the largest healthcare employer in Montgomery County. The populations of Montgomery County and The Woodlands have also seen tremendous growth in that time. Montgomery County’s population went from 168,585 in 1985 to an estimated 518,947 in 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Woodlands population boomed from 20,300 in 1985 to more than 109,000 in 2014, based on data from The Woodlands Development Company.

For more information on Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, call (713) 222-CARE (2273).