The $30 million expansion focuses on updating operating rooms, adding a cath lab, renovating the fourth floor of the South Tower to add 38 more beds, and buying minimally invasive surgical equipment, Corbeil said.
The $15 million heart hospital expansion on the fourth floor will require the hospital to hire about 100 more employees, Corbeil said.
Construction is set to wrap up on the expansion and the $3.5 million operating room refresh in the fourth quarter of 2021, and the cath lab and hybrid operating room opened in June, officials said.
“In order for us to staff those additional 38 beds, we would be hiring a completely new department of the hospital ... to meet those patient needs,” Corbeil said.
Additionally, the hospital could get approval this year on a $20 million surgical services expansion and basic facility upgrades.
The 419-bed facility is also seeking a Level II trauma designation to provide immediate, 24-hour care by trauma surgeons and surgical and critical care specialists. The hospital should receive full accreditation in 2022, Corbeil said.
HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood is also one of two hospitals in the system—the other being the Clear Lake location—that is assessing a Level I trauma level.
“With no Level I trauma centers outside of the Texas Medical Center, I think it would be a great add for the community,” he said. “But right now, [we’re] just focused on getting through Level II accreditation.”