UPDATED: April 8, 4:06 p.m.
Dozens of doctors, nurses, public officials and administrators were on hand April 6 as officials from Houston Methodist Hospital System broke ground on Phase 2 of the expansion of the Houston Methodist West medical campus at Greenhouse Road.
The expansion—located immediately west of the current hospital at the intersection of Greenhouse Road and the I-10 frontage road—includes a 228,000-square-foot, six-story hospital building. The building will feature 95 additional beds, 22 emergency rooms, an expanded maternity unit and expanded medical imaging services.
A six-story parking garage will also be built, offering free parking with capacity for more than 800 cars. The new facility is expected to open in the second quarter of 2018, officials said.
Officials from Houston Methodist West held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for Phase 2 of the hospital's expansion. Officials said the additional facilities will be open in the second quarter 2018.[/caption]
The growing community of Katy and west Houston created a need for expansion at the hospital, said U.S. District Court Judge Ewing Werlein, Jr., chair of Methodist’s board of directors, at the groundbreaking event.
“Here in west Houston, the multitude has grown larger than ever,” he said. “The number [of people] in need of healing has grown greater than ever.”
Werlein said patients wanted to be treated at the hospital not only because of the outstanding medical staff and administration, but also the association with faith.
“Faith-based medical care is a hallmark of Houston Methodist,” he said.
Another board member, Vidal G. Ramirez, said there is expected to be a 14 percent population increase in the Katy area within the next five years.
“This expansion is a huge step forward for residents of Waller, Harris and Fort Bend counties,” he said.