Memorial Hermann Initiates $420 Million Hospital Expansion Program to Meet Increasing Demand for Its Services

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

    HOUSTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
 announced today that it plans to expand all nine of its Greater Houston-area
 acute care hospitals over the next five years. The unprecedented $420 million
 capital expansion program will address the increasing demand for the quality
 care and unique services offered throughout Memorial Hermann.
     The strategic capital investment will be used to finance construction and
 expansion projects at Memorial Hermann Fort Bend Hospital, Memorial Hermann
 Katy Hospital, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital, Memorial Hermann
 Northwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann
 Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, as well as
 continued expansion at Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial Hermann
 Children's Hospital. By 2006, the expansion will result in the creation of
 more than 400 additional hospital beds and significant expansion of other
 clinical and support services.
     The Memorial Hermann hospitals slated for expansion have all experienced
 marked increases in admissions, surgeries, outpatient visits and deliveries,
 and are forecasted to experience significant population growth in their
 respective areas.  The demand for the services of these hospitals, which often
 operate at capacity, has been particularly acute in the delivery of emergency,
 intensive care and surgery services.
     The improvements will include new patient care towers, enhanced or new
 facilities for outpatient and women's services, new surgery suites, expanded
 or new emergency centers and intensive care units and additional parking
 capacity.
     "As board members representing the community, our goal is to ensure
 continued access to the leading-edge health care provided in Memorial Hermann
 hospitals," said George Farris, chairman of the board, Memorial Hermann
 Healthcare System.  "Our organization has been serving the health care needs
 of Houston residents for 94 years, and the decision to undertake a strategic
 capital investment of such unprecedented magnitude demonstrates Memorial
 Hermann's continued long-term commitment to the community."
     Added Dan S. Wilford, president and CEO, Memorial Hermann: "These hospital
 expansions will position us to continue to better meet present and future
 demand by alleviating overcrowding, enhancing services and accommodating
 future growth. As Houston's leading not-for-profit health care system, we
 channel our revenues back into facilities, programs and services that enable
 us to better serve the community. We must also rely on community support.
 Additionally, over 6,000 physicians throughout our system will play vital
 roles in our meeting the health needs of Houstonians."
     According to Wilford, funding for the projects will come from tax-exempt
 revenue bonds, cash flow from operations and philanthropic support.
     In addition to the strategic capital investments totaling $420 million,
 Memorial Hermann will continue to invest in routine capital over the next
 five-year period to maintain its highly acclaimed hospitals and ensure
 continued access to its state-of-the-art programs and services.
     Memorial Hermann is the leader in providing quality, comprehensive
 programs and services for a person's whole life. Memorial Hermann offers the
 convenience of health care in neighborhoods where people live and work as well
 as easy access to the resources and technology of university-affiliated adult
 and children's teaching hospitals. The organization takes a holistic approach
 to health care, offering programs and services that address the physical,
 social, psychological and spiritual aspects of well-being. Employee, volunteer
 and medical staff partners take pride in delivering care with compassion and
 respect.
 
     MEMORIAL HERMANN STRATEGIC CAPITAL EXPANSION
 
     $42 Million at Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial Hermann Children's
     Hospital
         New facilities for John S. Dunn Burn Center
         New Cancer Center
         New Surgery Suites
         Expand Intensive Care Units
         Expand Pediatric beds
         Renovate Neurosciences Services
         Expand Women's Services
 
     $92 Million at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
         New, nine-story patient bed tower
         New Inpatient Surgery suites
         Expand Outpatient Surgery center
         Replace and expand Intensive Care Unit
         Replace and expand Emergency Center
         Establish dedicated Clinical Observation Unit
         Renovate Cardiac Catheterization labs
         Relocate and expand Endoscopy suite
         Parking garage with 1,600 spaces
         New $45-million professional building in partnership with
         MetroNational
 
     $68.7 Million at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital
         New, four-story patient bed tower
         New Long-Term Acute Care beds and Center for Ambulatory Medicine
         New Surgery suites
         Learning Center with community meeting space
         Parking garage with 800 spaces
 
     Approximately $70 Million at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital
         Expand Emergency Center
         Expand Intensive Care Unit
         Increase inpatient bed capacity
         Replace and expand Outpatient Surgery suites
         Establish Radiation Therapy department
         Expand Women's Services
         Relocate Sleep/Endoscopy/Wound Care
         Expand Catheterization Lab
         400 additional parking spaces
 
     $78 Million at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital (under
     construction)
         New, seven-story patient bed tower
         Increase inpatient bed capacity
         Add new Intermediate/Progressive Care beds
         New Medical/Surgical unit with six Pediatric beds
         New Neonatal Intensive Care beds and an Intensive Care Unit
         6-story, 500-vehicle parking garage to be completed in June 2001
         New Women's Center
         New Cardiac Catheterization and Angiography Services
 
 
     $70 Million at Other Hospitals
      Master planning is under way for expansion and modernization of Memorial
 Hermann Fort Bend, Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Southwest.
 
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SOURCE Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
    HOUSTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
 announced today that it plans to expand all nine of its Greater Houston-area
 acute care hospitals over the next five years. The unprecedented $420 million
 capital expansion program will address the increasing demand for the quality
 care and unique services offered throughout Memorial Hermann.
     The strategic capital investment will be used to finance construction and
 expansion projects at Memorial Hermann Fort Bend Hospital, Memorial Hermann
 Katy Hospital, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital, Memorial Hermann
 Northwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann
 Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, as well as
 continued expansion at Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial Hermann
 Children's Hospital. By 2006, the expansion will result in the creation of
 more than 400 additional hospital beds and significant expansion of other
 clinical and support services.
     The Memorial Hermann hospitals slated for expansion have all experienced
 marked increases in admissions, surgeries, outpatient visits and deliveries,
 and are forecasted to experience significant population growth in their
 respective areas.  The demand for the services of these hospitals, which often
 operate at capacity, has been particularly acute in the delivery of emergency,
 intensive care and surgery services.
     The improvements will include new patient care towers, enhanced or new
 facilities for outpatient and women's services, new surgery suites, expanded
 or new emergency centers and intensive care units and additional parking
 capacity.
     "As board members representing the community, our goal is to ensure
 continued access to the leading-edge health care provided in Memorial Hermann
 hospitals," said George Farris, chairman of the board, Memorial Hermann
 Healthcare System.  "Our organization has been serving the health care needs
 of Houston residents for 94 years, and the decision to undertake a strategic
 capital investment of such unprecedented magnitude demonstrates Memorial
 Hermann's continued long-term commitment to the community."
     Added Dan S. Wilford, president and CEO, Memorial Hermann: "These hospital
 expansions will position us to continue to better meet present and future
 demand by alleviating overcrowding, enhancing services and accommodating
 future growth. As Houston's leading not-for-profit health care system, we
 channel our revenues back into facilities, programs and services that enable
 us to better serve the community. We must also rely on community support.
 Additionally, over 6,000 physicians throughout our system will play vital
 roles in our meeting the health needs of Houstonians."
     According to Wilford, funding for the projects will come from tax-exempt
 revenue bonds, cash flow from operations and philanthropic support.
     In addition to the strategic capital investments totaling $420 million,
 Memorial Hermann will continue to invest in routine capital over the next
 five-year period to maintain its highly acclaimed hospitals and ensure
 continued access to its state-of-the-art programs and services.
     Memorial Hermann is the leader in providing quality, comprehensive
 programs and services for a person's whole life. Memorial Hermann offers the
 convenience of health care in neighborhoods where people live and work as well
 as easy access to the resources and technology of university-affiliated adult
 and children's teaching hospitals. The organization takes a holistic approach
 to health care, offering programs and services that address the physical,
 social, psychological and spiritual aspects of well-being. Employee, volunteer
 and medical staff partners take pride in delivering care with compassion and
 respect.
 
     MEMORIAL HERMANN STRATEGIC CAPITAL EXPANSION
 
     $42 Million at Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial Hermann Children's
     Hospital
         New facilities for John S. Dunn Burn Center
         New Cancer Center
         New Surgery Suites
         Expand Intensive Care Units
         Expand Pediatric beds
         Renovate Neurosciences Services
         Expand Women's Services
 
     $92 Million at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
         New, nine-story patient bed tower
         New Inpatient Surgery suites
         Expand Outpatient Surgery center
         Replace and expand Intensive Care Unit
         Replace and expand Emergency Center
         Establish dedicated Clinical Observation Unit
         Renovate Cardiac Catheterization labs
         Relocate and expand Endoscopy suite
         Parking garage with 1,600 spaces
         New $45-million professional building in partnership with
         MetroNational
 
     $68.7 Million at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital
         New, four-story patient bed tower
         New Long-Term Acute Care beds and Center for Ambulatory Medicine
         New Surgery suites
         Learning Center with community meeting space
         Parking garage with 800 spaces
 
     Approximately $70 Million at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital
         Expand Emergency Center
         Expand Intensive Care Unit
         Increase inpatient bed capacity
         Replace and expand Outpatient Surgery suites
         Establish Radiation Therapy department
         Expand Women's Services
         Relocate Sleep/Endoscopy/Wound Care
         Expand Catheterization Lab
         400 additional parking spaces
 
     $78 Million at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital (under
     construction)
         New, seven-story patient bed tower
         Increase inpatient bed capacity
         Add new Intermediate/Progressive Care beds
         New Medical/Surgical unit with six Pediatric beds
         New Neonatal Intensive Care beds and an Intensive Care Unit
         6-story, 500-vehicle parking garage to be completed in June 2001
         New Women's Center
         New Cardiac Catheterization and Angiography Services
 
 
     $70 Million at Other Hospitals
      Master planning is under way for expansion and modernization of Memorial
 Hermann Fort Bend, Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Southwest.
 
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