Memorial Herman NW, Katy Medical Plaza, & Memorial Herman MC Med Center

Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital completes phase one of the $10 million emergency center expansion

Completion of the first phase for the new state-of-the-art emergency and trauma center, located at the front of Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital recently opened. The 10 million dollar renovation will expand the emergency area by nearly 10,000 square feet, including 5 new ambulance bays. The new emergency center was designed to enhance the patient experience, while continuing to provide high quality patient care utilizing the areas’ leading health care emergency physicians, nurses and other health care providers.

Currently, the area consists of 26 patient rooms, 2 trauma rooms and one ambulance bay.

Phase one includes a new lobby registration. This will enable the patient to be registered faster, before moving to one of two new triage rooms that allow the patient to be seen twice as fast during peak hours. The hospital has added two triage nurses during peak hours to help with assessing the acuity of the patients. 

From the new triage room the patient will move to one of three assessment rooms. It is here where a preliminary examination by a mid-level practitioner takes place, and the decision made as to the level of care needed.

When all phases have been completed some other features of our new “ER” include:
• Increased privacy of all patient rooms.
• Significant re-design of the front lobby and how minor emergency patients are served.
• Two trauma care rooms equipped with the latest medical technologies
• New ER entrance in the North Tower
• 1 Isolation room and 1 negative pressure room
• Decontamination room
• 2 stretcher waiting rooms to provide EMS patients increased privacy
• Drop off area out front for patients and family members
• Clean, comfortable, modern reception area
• EMS lounge
• Rapid medical evaluation area in the lobby

The renovations expected to be complete by spring 2014.

When Katy Medical Plaza opens its doors this summer, it will provide healthy options

The three-building, 150,000-squarefoot project, which is being developed by Friendswood-based Jacob White Development, will debut cutting-edge healthy building systems technologies, including high-quality air systems and touch-surface pathogen inhibitors designed to prohibit the transition of bacteria and viruses. “

What better place to go to the doctor or have a procedure than a healthy building?” said Jeff Mickler, president of Jacob White. “There are so many healthy aspects that went into this project.”

The closed air-filtration system is designed to eliminate dust and allergens in the building complex, which will circulate a minimum of 35 percent fresh air at all times.

The first phase of Katy Medical Plaza, located at Kingsland Boulevard and Cobia Drive, will span 50,000 square feet and is scheduled to come online in July.

The site for the medical complex was selected based on its proximity to five major hospital systems, as well as its position within one of the highest suburban growth markets in the country.

Jacob White has awarded the leasing and marketing assignment for Katy Medical Plaza to Houston-based Transwestern. Tim Gregory, Transwestern senior vice president, will represent the developer in lease negotiations.

Tenants in the first phase include Whitsett Vision Group and Suzanne Bruce and Associates, which has leased an entire floor in the building.

Mickler said the second and third phases, which will span 50,000 square feet each, could go under construction later this year, depending on tenant demand. The buildings are designed to house virtually any medical specialty or type of service.

Although Jacob White has undertaken other third-party projects in Katy, the medical office complex represents the company’s first internal development in the West Houston suburb, which Mickler said is still ripe for health care construction. Katy Medical Plaza, which has been registered LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council, will also add some green to Katy’s skyline.

The green roof will boast 10 inches of soil and a garden that will capture water that can be reused to irrigate the grounds and roof. As many as 500,000 gallons of water will be stored underneath the parking lot, which Mickler said will save as much as 20 tons of air conditioning in the summer.

“Jacob White has fostered the development and integration of several building performance applications which have significant impacts on energy consumption, indoor air quality and pathogen inhibition,” Mickler said.

Gregory said the complex is bringing the best in new building technologies to the medical market in Katy, which has already proven attractive to potential tenants.

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center opens first Digestive Health Center in West Houston

Recently, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center opened West Houston’s first Digestive Health Center. The new 12,000-square-foot center, located at 920 Frostwood Drive, houses a team of multi-disciplinary physicians who diagnose and treat a wide range of digestive health issues, from gastrointestinal cancer, ulcers and inflammatory bowel disease to reflux disease, weight management issues and more.

“The Digestive Health Center streamlines care for patients by offering comprehensive and coordinated digestive services in one convenient, comfortable location,” said Ira Flax, M.D., a board-certified gastroenterologist affiliated with Memorial Hermann Memorial City. “The Center is truly patient focused, bringing together the very best physicians in the field, who work together to improve the lives of our patients.”

The modern, cutting-edge facility utilizes the most advanced medical screening equipment and technology. For example, the Digestive Health Center is one of the few facilities in the state to offer endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). This technology enables physicians to explore the gastrointestinal tract and surrounding organs without radiation. Using this minimally-invasive test, doctors can not only identify hard-todetect cancers of the upper gastrointestinal tract, esophagus, stomach and duodenum, pancreas and bile duct, but also diagnose other gastrointestinal diseases and unexplained symptoms.

“Endoscopic ultrasound opens up a whole new world in the diagnosis and evaluation of gastrointestinal diseases. With it, we can pinpoint problems early on, when they are easiest to treat,” explained George Sun, M.D., a board-certified gastroenterologist affiliated with the hospital. “The results can be lifesaving for patients.”

The Center offers a number of other tests to diagnose digestive disorders. Patients have access to bronchoscopy – a procedure where doctors can examine and diagnose problems in the airways using a thin viewing device called a bronchoscope. The facility also expects to continue to perform thousands of colonoscopies each year – still the gold standard in detecting and treating colon cancer.

Additionally, the Center’s new Heartburn Treatment Program – the first of its kind in west Houston – focuses on the diagnosis and management of all aspects of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) by a team of multidisciplinary experts. Patients have access to specialists who offer diagnostic testing that helps pinpoint the cause of GERD and plan treatment options. Testing options include esophageal manometry, which measures the strength and muscle coordination of the esophagus while swallowing. It also includes BRAVO pH monitoring, which detects how much acid is in the lower esophagus.

Beyond patient testing and treatment, the Center offers a range of programming to meet the growing needs of the community. Services and events include nutrition counseling, educational classes and events, specialized weight-loss services and support groups.