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Methodist Willowbrook Hospital to add Cardiac Catheterization Lab, beds

Houston, TX - 7/2/2003

Keeping pace with the surging population in northwest Harris County and an increased demand for health services, Methodist Willowbrook Hospital plans a multiphase expansion that will quadruple inpatient beds over a three to four year period.

The first phase, scheduled to break ground in August, includes construction of a three-story, 52,000-square-foot patient tower on the rear of the existing hospital. The tower, which will add 54 inpatient beds, will increase surgical, intensive care and obstetrics capacities, and increase the number of licensed beds to 121.

Cardiologists and other specialists will perform diagnostic and vascular imaging tests in a state-of-the art, all-digital cardiac catheterization lab. Digital technology will allow physicians to transfer images and consult with Methodist DeBakey Heart Center physicians, who are located at The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, if needed.

“Some of the best cardiologists and heart surgeons in the world are at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center,” said Methodist Willowbrook chief executive officer Andrew Cochrane. “This collaboration, which is supported by digital technology, ensures that our patients have access to the highest quality diagnostic expertise available.”

The hospital has experienced tremendous growth since it opened in December 2000. Occupancy levels average 85 to 90 percent, and last year admissions rose 67 percent to 5,827.

Phase one is expected to be completed in August 2004. No timeframe has been set for the second phase, but the hospital will grow to 300 licensed beds when the expansion is complete.