Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital is in the process of making plans for an upcoming expansion to the campus that would break ground in early 2023.
The expansion would be located at 18300 Houston Methodist Drive in Houston. Though the hospital has not gotten the final stamp of approval, it is going through the architectural plans for the project.
It is expected to cost around $250 million, according to Dan Newman, CEO of Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital. If approved, it will be funded by the hospital's operating revenue.
Once the project is fully approved, it will most likely break ground in early 2023 and will take an estimated three years to complete, meaning it will open at the end of 2025 or the beginning of 2026. The new expansion would be able to increase the amount of services the hospital is able to offer, according to Newman.
“It would certainly increase the size of the hospital significantly and would allow us to provide more complex services at a Houston Methodist campus to meet the needs of a growing community. The ability for a hospital to care for its community is sometimes limited by the size of the hospital,” Newman said. “The ability to care for more patients and provide the same level of quality care and service that you're used to at Houston Methodist, we would just be able to do more of that with a larger, newer hospital.”
The expansion would also include more operating rooms, more room for diagnostic imaging, a larger intensive care unit and more inpatient beds, Newman said via email.
Houston Methodist will also be opening an emergency care center in League City that is expected to open in late 2022. The project has not yet broken ground, and officials do not have an expected date for it.
The new care center will be located at the intersection of South Egret Bay Boulevard and Hwy. 96, according to Newman, and is approximately a mile away from Houston Methodist physician clinic located in Tuscan Lakes.
The opening of the center is expected to benefit the fast-growing community of League City, Newman said.
“We feel like there is an opportunity to have emergency care services just like you would experience if you had an emergency, and you went into the hospital,” Newman said. “It allows you that same level of care with board-certified doctors, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any level of emergency in the League City community, so you don't have to come to the hospital if you have an emergency. We're making sure that's available to our community where they live.”