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Memorial Hermann continues Lake Houston growth

Houston Chronicle logo Houston Chronicle 11/17/2018 By Nguyen Le, Staff writer
a car parked on the side of a building: The much-awaited Convenient Care Center in Kingwood was originally set to open a year ago. It is scheduled to receive its first patients on Nov. 26. © Nguyen Le / Staff Photo The much-awaited Convenient Care Center in Kingwood was originally set to open a year ago. It is scheduled to receive its first patients on Nov. 26.

Memorial Hermann bolstered its presence in the Lake Houston area with two ribbon-cuttings this week.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: The much-awaited Convenient Care Center in Kingwood was originally set to open a year ago. It is scheduled to receive its first patients on Nov. 26. © Nguyen Le / Staff Photo The much-awaited Convenient Care Center in Kingwood was originally set to open a year ago. It is scheduled to receive its first patients on Nov. 26.

At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday the Convenient Care Center in Kingwood hosted a special preview event and from 1 to 3 p.m. Meanwhile, on Friday a new five-story tower at the Northeast campus in Humble made its public debut.

a group of people standing in a room: The much-awaited Convenient Care Center in Kingwood was originally set to open a year ago. It is scheduled to receive its first patients on Nov. 26. © Nguyen Le / Staff Photo The much-awaited Convenient Care Center in Kingwood was originally set to open a year ago. It is scheduled to receive its first patients on Nov. 26.

The gathering at the CCC was a long-awaited one — Hurricane Harvey washed away the original opening-day celebration when it directed flood waters into halls and rooms on the first floor.

a group of people standing in a kitchen: The much-awaited Convenient Care Center in Kingwood was originally set to open a year ago. It is scheduled to receive its first patients on Nov. 26. © Nguyen Le / Staff Photo The much-awaited Convenient Care Center in Kingwood was originally set to open a year ago. It is scheduled to receive its first patients on Nov. 26.

“This reopening symbolizes more than the opening of a facility — it symbolizes the strength of our community and the strength of our partnerships,” said Jenna Armstrong, president and CEO of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s with extreme pleasure and excitement to stand here and be the first to say ‘Welcome back to business.’”

a bedroom with a bed in a room: The much-awaited Convenient Care Center in Kingwood was originally set to open a year ago. It is scheduled to receive its first patients on Nov. 26. © Nguyen Le / Staff Photo The much-awaited Convenient Care Center in Kingwood was originally set to open a year ago. It is scheduled to receive its first patients on Nov. 26.

Round-the-corner care

a tall building in a city: Construction continues at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital in Humble on April 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerry Baker/Freelance) © Jerry Baker, Freelance / For The Chronicle Construction continues at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital in Humble on April 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerry Baker/Freelance)

David Beck, the emergency services director at Memorial Hermann Northeast, was there when the CCC was inundated with floodwaters. But that’s the past, and similar to his colleagues Beck is enthusiastic for what is to come.

a bus parked in front of a building: Construction continues at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital in Humble on April 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerry Baker/Freelance) © Jerry Baker, Freelance / For The Chronicle Construction continues at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital in Humble on April 12, 2018. (Photo by Jerry Baker/Freelance)

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He said despite not having “hospital” in its name, the CCC has all the capabilities of one and should be seen as an extension of Memorial Hermann Northeast with the same physician group, nursing staff and administrative staff.

a view of a city: WHR Architects designed the Houston Methodist Hospital, Outpatient Center. At 26 stories with 1.6 million square feet, it is the tallest building in the Texas Medical Center. It was completed in 2010. © Hearst Newspapers WHR Architects designed the Houston Methodist Hospital, Outpatient Center. At 26 stories with 1.6 million square feet, it is the tallest building in the Texas Medical Center. It was completed in 2010.

That unified nature is also in the system used to store and call up patients’ records, too, as Teal Holden, senior vice president of ambulatory services, stated.

a sign on the side of a building: Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital © Google Maps Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital

“It’s been 14 months and waiting,” she said. “This facility is going to have everything from ER to primary care, screening, mammography, to MRI, as well as some specialty care in the future.”

a car parked on a city street filled with lots of traffic: Houston Methodist St. John Hospital © Google Maps Houston Methodist St. John Hospital

Holden revealed that the facility was built with growth in mind; there are available spaces upstairs for forthcoming primary-care physicians. For now, per its brochure, the CCC boasts “24/7 emergency care, physical therapy, advanced imaging and lab services.”

a view of a city street in front of a building: Houston Methodist West Hospital © Google Maps Houston Methodist West Hospital

She added that it is equipped for international patients, too — just like other Memorial Hermann facilities.

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Many staff members pointed out that, with the CCC, distance will no longer be an issue for those seeking care.

a large white building: Kingwood Medical Center, 22999 Highway 59, Kingwood Preliminary HAC Score: 9.65 © Jerry Baker, Credit Kingwood Medical Center, 22999 Highway 59, Kingwood Preliminary HAC Score: 9.65

“We’re the closest thing now for the community of Kingwood and Porter,” said Marsha Leitzke, senior medical technologist. “It takes 10 or 15 minutes sometimes to drive all the way down Kingwood Drive. To get to Northeast, sometimes it takes 20-30 minutes.”

a large city landscape: Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is one of the participants in a program by Walmart to improve health outcomes its employees. The retail giant, known for its price slashing and tough bottom line, is sending employees with specific, serious health conditions to the nation’s most elite medical institutions for what it calls the best of the best care. Walmart foots the entire bill. So far, about 165 Walmart employees from across the U.S. have been sent to Houston for treatment. © Alan Warren, Staff Photographer Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is one of the participants in a program by Walmart to improve health outcomes its employees. The retail giant, known for its price slashing and tough bottom line, is sending employees with specific, serious health conditions to the nation’s most elite medical institutions for what it calls the best of the best care. Walmart foots the entire bill. So far, about 165 Walmart employees from across the U.S. have been sent to Houston for treatment.

Registered nurses Krista McSwain and Kailee Janak also echoed this point.

a large white building: Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital Google Maps © Hearst Newspapers Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital Google Maps

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“I have a lot of family that live in the community,” McSwain said. “I hope that they choose to use this facility.”

a car parked on a city street filled with lots of traffic: Traffic backs up along Gessner Road around the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center Thursday, June 8, 2017 in Houston. Memorial Hermann has created an app to help patients and visitors locate their doctors and find the most convenient parking spots on the campus. ( Michael Ciaglo / Houston Chronicle ) © Michael Ciaglo, Staff Traffic backs up along Gessner Road around the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center Thursday, June 8, 2017 in Houston. Memorial Hermann has created an app to help patients and visitors locate their doctors and find the most convenient parking spots on the campus. ( Michael Ciaglo / Houston Chronicle )

McSwain was one of many staff members that the Northeast campus took in when the CCC was flooded and undergoing remediations. During her year there, she met and worked with Janak.

a large building: Humble man heart failure is reversed through innovative treatment done at Memorial Hermann Northeast. © Courtesy Photo Humble man heart failure is reversed through innovative treatment done at Memorial Hermann Northeast.

The CCC will begin to receive patients 7 a.m. Nov. 26, the Monday after Thanksgiving.

a building that has a sign on the side of a road: Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital has launched a cardiac surgery program, expanded cancer treatment services, renovated its facilities and augmented its team of specialists. © James LaCombe, Photographer Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital has launched a cardiac surgery program, expanded cancer treatment services, renovated its facilities and augmented its team of specialists.

“Once we open we do not close,” Beck said. “Except for inclement weather.”

a tall building in a city park: Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, 7600 Beechnut St., is shown here on Aug. 6, 2009, in Houston. ( Melissa Phillip / Chronicle ) © Melissa Phillip, Staff Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, 7600 Beechnut St., is shown here on Aug. 6, 2009, in Houston. ( Melissa Phillip / Chronicle )

New tower

a close up of a street in front of a building: Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital © Mel Garrett Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital

To Beck, the five-story, 123,000-square foot structure represents a “state-of-the-art” upgrade in patient care at at Memorial Hermann Northeast. It will offer patients more spacious rooms to stay in and better access to services.

a view of a city street: Google Maps Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital © Google Maps Google Maps Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital

“It is to replace the south tower, which is our oldest tower at the Northeast hospital,” he said. “That tower we’ll be repurposed into office space, things like that.”

a large brick building with grass and trees: A summer 2014 groundbreaking is planned for a six-story patient tower that Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital plans to open in 2016 in Sugar Land.A summer 2014 groundbreaking is planned for a six-story patient tower that Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital plans to open in 2016 in Sugar Land. © YIN A summer 2014 groundbreaking is planned for a six-story patient tower that Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital plans to open in 2016 in Sugar Land.A summer 2014 groundbreaking is planned for a six-story patient tower that Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital plans to open in 2016 in Sugar Land.

On May 30, Memorial Hermann broke ground on the $70 million tower with Josh Urban, senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, and Mayor Merle Aaron in attendance. It will house 90 larger rooms — with the ability to add 30 more beds — among other features.

Friday’s event meant the tower opened earlier than its original December window.

“We’re hoping that all of our patient will have a great experience with us,” Holden said regarding both the tower and the CCC in Kingwood.

nguyen.le@chron.com

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