Memorial Hermann Katy opened the sixth floor of its east tower April 5, per an April 3 press release from hospital officials.

Hospital CEO Jerry Ashworth said the medical and surgical acute care unit adds 40 beds to the campus, bringing the total bed count to 254.

This comes after an April 3 ceremonial groundbreaking for several projects associated with the hospital's $167 million expansion, including a third medical plaza building, a parking garage and additional space in its Emergency Center and operating room.

“Our top priorities throughout this process have been to add ample physical space to accommodate more patients,” Ashworth said in the release. “And equally as important, to significantly grow our capabilities and specialty services to ensure our neighbors can access routine and complex health care needs close to home.”

The east tower serves patients who are recovering from surgery or have an acute illness.

Vivien Bond, the chief operating officer for Memorial Hermann Katy, said the opening of the sixth-floor unit adds patient capacity where the hospital needs it most.

“Every detail, from a new nursing care model focused on personalized care to the thoughtful design of the unit, was developed with our patients and their families in mind,” Bond said in the new release.

Construction continues on the fifth floor of the east tower, which will serve as the hospital’s immediate care unit, or IMU.

An IMU is an intermediate between intensive care and medical acute care.

Once completed, the fifth-floor unit will add another 40 beds to Memorial Hermann Katy, pushing the total number of beds to nearly 300. Officials anticipate this unit will be completed before the end of 2023.