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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital plans major expansion

Sugar Land, TX - 10/23/2013

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is embarking on a major expansion that will add a new 6 story patient tower and include its first development in Missouri City.

Five major projects, with a total cost of more than $131 million, are planned for groundbreaking between now and summer 2014 that will expand the hospital’s physical footprint, significantly enhance its ability to serve patients across Fort Bend and surrounding counties and add a number of new jobs.

“We are investing in Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital because Fort Bend continues to grow in size and population and our patients are seeking an ever broader range of sophisticated medical and surgical treatments close to home,” said Houston Methodist CEO Marc L. Boom, M.D. “Since its inception, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has achieved a significant number of medical ‘firsts’ for Fort Bend County, and we want to ensure that our outstanding physicians and staff have the facilities they need to continue that level of quality care.”

Emergency Care Center

Emergency care center on Highway 6 in Missouri City, between the Sienna Plantation and Riverstone communities.Emergency care center on Highway 6 in Missouri City, between the Sienna Plantation and Riverstone communities.

The expansion effort kicks off in November with groundbreaking on a new 9,600-square-foot emergency care center on Highway 6 in Missouri City, between the Sienna Plantation and Riverstone communities. The facility is scheduled to open in summer 2014, and will house 10 treatment rooms and the latest technology in diagnostic imaging equipment.

“This is an exciting development because it gives us a physical presence in the heart of the fast-growing Missouri City community,” said Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital CEO Chris Siebenaler. “The new emergency care center will give Missouri City residents a first-class medical facility within minutes of their homes.”

Patient Tower

New patient tower located between the Sweetwater Pavilion and Main Pavilion on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus.New patient tower located between the Sweetwater Pavilion and Main Pavilion on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus.

The new patient tower will be added between the Sweetwater Pavilion and Main Pavilion on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus, and will add 104 beds, bringing the hospital’s total to 339 beds. The tower will add much needed capacity in the form of intensive care beds and medical/surgical beds, with space remaining for future expansion. Groundbreaking will take place in the summer of 2014; the tower should open to patients in the first quarter of 2016.

“The new patient tower will provide a number of benefits,” said Siebenaler. “Most importantly, adding more than 100 new beds will enable us to care for more patients here in Fort Bend County.”

Siebenaler also stated that parking will continue to be free at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

The hospital is also building a new facility on campus for Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physicians. Currently located at Highway 6 and Brooks Street, the practice will move to a new 60,000-square-foot building located on the corner of Highway 59 and Sweetwater Boulevard. The facility will include space for physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, aquatic therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, expanded physician clinic space, an outside training facility for athletes recovering from injury and an employee gym. The Spine Center will also be relocated from the Main Pavilion to a larger space in this new building. Groundbreaking will take place in the second quarter of 2014; completion is expected in the first quarter of 2015.

“Orthopedics and sports medicine are among the fastest growing specialties of care in Fort Bend, and this new facility will enable us to bring all our related services together on the Sugar Land campus,” Siebenaler said.

Cath Lab/Heart Center

“Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has been a consistent leader in bringing the most sophisticated and complex cardiac care services to Fort Bend, and our physicians are now regularly performing a number of procedures that simply weren’t possible outside of the medical center just a few years ago,” said Siebenaler. “The expansion and relocation of our Heart Center and Cath Labs will make it possible for us to provide an even higher level of cardiac care in the years to come.”

The hospital is building a new Cath Lab/Heart Center that will relocate closer to the emergency room to ensure the utmost speed in caring for patients suffering from heart attacks. The 20,000-square-foot Cath Lab/Heart Center will include four state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization suites, including two electrophysiology labs. The Heart Center will also offer nuclear, echocardiogram and stress testing on an outpatient basis. Groundbreaking is scheduled for summer 2014 with the facility’s opening planned for the fourth quarter of 2015.

“We exceed national standards of care for heart attack patients already, and this expansion will enable us to treat patients even more quickly because the Cath Lab/Heart Center will be physically adjacent to the emergency room,” said Siebenaler.

The Heart Center will also have its own entrance as well as upfront parking.

Birthing Center

The hospital is currently renovating and updating its Birthing Center, and will add additional capacity in the Sweetwater Pavilion when the Cath Lab moves into its new facility.

“We are thrilled to move forward with all of these plans and begin shaping the next generation of patient care facilities in Fort Bend,” said Siebenaler. “But one thing will not change, and that is our commitment to providing excellent, compassionate and personal care to our patients and families. That will always remain the foundation of our efforts at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, even as we continue to expand.”