In a Sept. 27 groundbreaking ceremony held at the hospital, located at the southeast corner of I-45 and Hwy. 242, hospital leadership and community members gathered to hear about the $240 million second phase of the campus’s development from several Houston Methodist representatives, including President and CEO Marc L. Boom, board of directors Chairperson Craig Nelson and The Woodlands Hospital CEO Debbie Sukin.
“We knew when we opened this hospital that The Woodlands would hold us to a really high standard,” Nelson said. “This is a community that demands very sophisticated medical care. We’ve set the standard for superior health care, and this community has responded with its full support. And now, we have to grow to continue to ensure that we serve the needs of this community.”
Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital currently has 187 patient beds and 15 operating rooms as well as a variety of labs and offices in the main hospital and two medical office buildings. According to Sukin, The Woodlands hospital’s expansion will include an additional patient tower, featuring 100 beds, 10 new operating rooms, and expansions to the diagnostic imaging department and the endoscopy, heart and emergency centers.
“As a longtime resident of the community, I have great respect for the sophistication of the population and the interest in having exceptional care here in the community,” Sukin said. “Couple that with a system that has a big vision to lead medicine in all markets we serve, and one which is clear on the expectation of delivering unparalleled safety, quality, and service and innovation. The stars have been aligned to bring us to this moment.”
Sukin has previously said the expansion will bring about 350 additional health care jobs to the area. According to The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership, the hospital had 1,210 employees in 2019.
Following the expansion project’s September groundbreaking, Houston Methodist expects construction will last around 2 1/2 years with an estimated completion date set for the first quarter of 2022.