Kingwood’s Women and Children’s Center $80 Million expansion supports growing Healthcare needs of Lake Houston Area Communities
HCA-Affiliated Kingwood Medical Center (KMC) celebrated the grand opening of the South Tower and the new three-story Women and Children’s Center, an $80 million, 155,400 square-foot expansion providing a modern, healing environment close to home.
“Our top priority is to deliver high quality, cost-effective health care to the communities we serve,” said Melinda Stephenson, CEO of Kingwood Medical Center. “These enhancements allow our medical staff and team of employees to continue providing the safest and most expedited care for women and children in our community.”
Community leaders, staff, and physicians toured the new Women and Children’s Center with hospital leadership. Speakers included Kingwood Medical Center CEO, Melinda Stephenson, HCA Gulf Coast Division President, Maura Walsh, Kingwood Medical Center Board of Trustees Chairman, Chik- Fong Wei, M.D., Obstetrics Department Chairman, Noel Boyd, M.D., and Chief of Staff Rick Ganim, M.D.
The project reinforces the hospital’s commitment to meet the present and future healthcare needs of Lake Houston Area families. The growth is a sign of the continued economic vitality of this region.
“Kingwood Medical Center is the leading provider of care for North Harris, East Montgomery and Liberty Counties,” said Cami Rose, Director of Women’s Services. “Our team delivered more than 2,500 babies into the world last year. The newly expanded newborn nursery will provide the best in aesthetics and comfort for our newborn parents, as well as offer our physicians and staff the most modern, efficient, state-of-the- art work environments.”
Details of the project include:
- 12 Spacious Labor and Delivery Suites
- 8 High-Risk Antepartum Suites
- 24-bed Level II and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- 2 C-section Rooms
- 4-bed OB Triage Suite
- 36 Postpartum Suites
- Well-Baby Nursery
- 14-bed Pediatric Unit
- 22 Medical/Surgical Suites
In addition to new construction, the project also features renovations to other areas of the facility, including the relocation and expansion of Admitting and Administration departments, the development of a corridor connecting the North and South Towers, the expansion and remodeling of the cafeteria, and the development of a new central energy plant.
KMC currently employs more than 1,300 people in surrounding communities, and as a result of the expansion, the hospital administration anticipates additional jobs in clinical and ancillary service areas.