MD Anderson Cancer Center to open new outpatient clinic by September

MD Anderson will open a new outpatient center in The Woodlands area this fall.

MD Anderson will open a new outpatient center in The Woodlands area this fall.

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The University of Texas MD Cancer Center will open its new outpatient clinic in The Woodlands in September 2019, MD Anderson Media Specialist Julie Penne said.

Located at the southwest corner of the intersection of College Park and Fellowship drives, construction on the three-story, 208,000-square-foot building, developed by The Howard Hughes Corp., began in June 2017. The clinic was previously projected to open in spring 2019.

MD Anderson Cancer Center has been offering services in The Woodlands since 2004 out of 45,000 square feet of space at CHI. St. Luke’s The Woodlands, just 3 miles down the road from the site of MD Anderson’s future home.

“Several years ago MD Anderson teams strategically evaluated how to best meet the needs of patients by considering a range of factors, from expected population growth to the financial implications of constructing new facilities,” Penne said. “After reviewing a number of options MD Anderson decided that it would be better positioned to achieve its mission by building permanent facilities that allowed for projected growth.”

Radiation, oncology, medical oncology, surgical oncology and infusion therapy will all relocate from CHI St. Luke’s The Woodlands to the new facility once it opens in September 2019, Penne said. Supportive services, including laboratory, pharmacy, rehabilitation, pain management, nutrition, counseling, social work and genetic counseling, will also relocate to the new facility.

New diagnostic services that will be available once the new center opens include bronchoscopy, endoscopy and interventional radiology. The clinic will also offer a 17-bed postanesthesia care unit and a women’s imaging center with mammography and ultrasound services, a retail center for ordering breast prosthetics, and gathering rooms for the Breast Friends support group meetings and community education events.

Penne said while MD Anderson currently employs 100 faculty and staff members in The Woodlands, the clinic expects to double its employment upon the opening of the new facility in September.

By Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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