Hospital expansions bring more services, jobs in the Woodlands area

Construction on the new South Tower at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital was completed in January. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Construction on the new South Tower at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital was completed in January. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Construction on the new South Tower at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital was completed in January. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

With two hospital expansions expected to be completed within the first half of 2022, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center and Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital said they are aiming to bring more services and jobs to The Woodlands area when the new towers open.

Jason Glover, vice president of operations for Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, said the hospital’s new South Tower is anticipated to bring in around 1,200 additional visits annually and around 300 jobs when it opens initially in June, though more jobs are expected once the remainder of the tower is built out.

Construction on the tower has continued throughout the nearly two years of the COVID-19 pandemic with over 1 million hours of work committed to the project with minimal delays, Memorial Hermann officials said.

The new tower will also increase the total number of beds for Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center from 397 to around 550.

“We feel very blessed to have the privilege to care for this community as it continues to grow,” Glover said in an email.


Along with the additional beds, the fourth floor of the new tower will be dedicated to a procedure lab for heart, neurological and body interventional procedures, plus pre- and post-care beds. Glover said the seven labs will expand the hospital’s ability to expand its heart programs and stroke center.

Upon completion, the tower will be around 351,000 square feet, featuring a total of eight stories and a connector bridge to one of the hospital’s parking garages. An additional 137,000 square feet of renovations to the campus are also included with the project.At Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, the campus’s new Healing Tower will open two of its six floors in January with the remaining four opening in February.

According to hospital officials, the expansion includes 251,000 square feet for the new tower and a new parking garage.

Upon the completion of the $250 million project, the tower will feature 100 beds and 10 new operating rooms and expand the hospital’s endoscopy center, heart center, emergency center and diagnostic imaging, which will offer an enhanced neurodiagnostic and interventional center.

Hospital officials stated the Healing Tower is anticipated to bring in around 350 new health care jobs to the area.

The Healing Tower was scheduled to open Jan. 17.

By Andrew Christman
Andrew joined Community Impact Newspaper in early 2019 after moving from Indiana. He is a 2015 graduate from Indiana State University, where he received degrees in English and journalism. He has written for a number of small town publications throughout his career as a reporter.