In April, following an evaluation of the area’s health care needs, HCA converted a 181-bed comprehensive hospital, formerly known as the Cypress-Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, to a 27-bed freestanding emergency center. Officials at the time told Community Impact Newspaper the transition included 586 job cuts or reassignments—about 60 of which were relocated to the North Cypress hospital.
HCA acquired the Cypress-Fairbanks hospital in August 2017 and acquired the North Cypress hospital, formerly known as the North Cypress Medical Center, in September 2018. HCA also operates hospitals in the Spring and Tomball areas.
Most inpatient services previously offered at the Cypress-Fairbanks hospital are now available at the North Cypress hospital, officials said. The freestanding emergency center continues to treat breathing issues, broken bones, severe burns, head injuries and seizures, among other issues.
Since the transition, HCA continues to manage the medical center campus where the 181-bed hospital used to operate. Officials did not respond to questions about plans for the now vacant space.
The expansion of the cardiothoracic program at the North Cypress hospital included the addition of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation—a technique that provides cardiac and respiratory support to those whose heart and lungs are unable to provide enough gas exchange or perfusion, Chief Operating Officer Naman Mahajan said in an email.
In the next year, Mahajan said neurosurgery services will also be expanded with biplane interventional labs.
“This will allow patients suffering from a stroke to receive a minimally-invasive procedure in which an interventional radiologist uses specialized equipment to remove a clot from a patient’s artery,” he said.