Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital celebrated a major milestone recently with the official opening of its new 230,000-square-foot, sixstory patient tower. With added capacity to multiple services, Memorial Hermann Katy is poised to accommodate the future growth of one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.
“This is a monumental achievement for our staff at Memorial Hermann Katy, as well as our patients and the community,” said Dan Wolterman, president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System. “Our entire mission is centered on access to care, and we have achieved great strides in doing just that here in Katy.”
With medical expertise in 47 specialties, Memorial Hermann Katy has expanded its surgical suites, medical and surgical beds, and labor and delivery department. At final build out, the six-story patient tower will have a total of 300 patient beds with rooms and views that offer a calm and healing environment. The hospital also has expanded its diagnostic imaging areas, intensive and intermediate care units, women’s services, sports medicine, and endoscopy.
“Today is a testament to how far Memorial Hermann Katy has come as a top healthcare provider for this city,” said Jim Parisi, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. “Our mission to provide access to high quality and specialty healthcare in local communities is evident, but none of this would have been possible without the tireless efforts of our affiliated physicians, employees, and volunteers, as well as our patients who stuck with us through construction, because at the end of the day, they knew this was all for them and their families.”
Another highlight of the tower is the Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that features private rooms for mothers and babies and accommodations for visitors to stay comfortably in the hospital overnight. Additionally, mothers of multiples will now be able to accommodate two newborns in one private room.
“As the city of Katy continues to grow, we also will continue to grow to ensure our patients continue to receive the safest and highest quality of care,” said John Kueven, Vice President of Operations, Memorial Hermann Katy. “In the past three years, we have invested more than $120 million to support this community, and we are committed to further expansion and investment for our patients in the future.”
The economic impact also will serve the local community as the new patient tower brings with it 160 job opportunities, both clinical and administrative. The hospital also is looking to bring on 40 additional volunteers.
Katy Area Economic Development President and CEO Lance LaCour recently commented that “the Katy Area is extremely fortunate to have a strong economy which is driving growth” and further citing that “Katy is continuing to see businesses expand in the area.” Additionally, a recent study cited the population growth within the Katy Area is expected to continue and will reach well over 350,000 by the year 2020.
The 66-acre campus has plans to further expand with even more offerings in specialty and surgical care. In 2016, Memorial Hermann Katy will add a second dedicated suite for the catheterization lab – critical for cardiac patients – and will increase capacity in the emergency center, with plans to grow to 24 beds. The hospital has already added a second CT scanner in its emergency center to reduce the door-to-CT time for stroke patients.
Memorial Hermann Katy also recently opened a new and innovative offsite Convenient Care Center that combines primary care, emergency services, a complete diagnostic lab, comprehensive imaging capabilities, and sports and medicine rehabilitation that further emphasizes the commitment to access.