Stories to watch in 2019 No. 4: Changes underway as North Cypress Medical Center under new ownership

North Cypress Medical Center is located on Hwy. 290 in Cypress.

North Cypress Medical Center is located on Hwy. 290 in Cypress.

This story is part of our Annual Community Guide, which takes a look at some of the biggest stories to watch in Cy-Fair and Harris County in 2019. Stay tuned through Wednesday, Jan. 23, as we countdown to the No. 1 story to watch this year.

What we reported

After acquiring Cy-Fair Medical Center Hospital in 2018, HCA Houston Healthcare finalized the purchase of the formerly physician-owned North Cypress Medical Center on Sept. 1 at 21214 Hwy. 290, Cypress.

Jim Brown, former chief development officer at HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division, was named hospital CEO in September. He said his goals included facility expansion and new clinical programs.

The latest

Since the acquisition, NCMC has expanded its reach by accepting more insurance providers, including Aetna and several Medicare Advantage plans. Officials said $16 million will be invested into an expansion effort in 2019 that will include a new cardiac catheterization lab, new state-of-the-art operating rooms and 24 additional general surgery beds. Officials also said development plans are in the works for the hospital’s cancer center in 2019.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated HCA Houston Healthcare acquired Cy-Fair Medical Center Hospital in 2017. The hospital was acquired in 2018.
By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.