The Woodlands, Texas – Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center is beginning a $250 million expansion project that will create a new eight-floor tower. 

In a press release on November 8, the hospital announced that a new 332,510-square-foot South Tower will be built to facilitate more patients. The new tower, located at 9250 Pinecroft Drive in Shenandoah, is expected to open in spring 2020. The South Tower will include new registration, waiting, and observation areas; six new operating rooms; endoscopy services; a post-acute care unit; a conference center; a 36-bed patient care unit; an intensive care unit; three shelled floors for future patient growth; and will serve as the hospital’s new main entrance off Medical Plaza Drive. 

The Woodlands hospital currently houses 397 licensed beds but could have as many as 535 beds following the expansion. 

According to Josh Urban, senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Northeast, the expansion will also include renovations to the hospital’s current facilities. These will include food services, imaging, surgery support, pharmacy services and more. 

Urban told the Houston Business Journal that the hospital is working on the expansion to accommodate the growing populations of north Houston and Montgomery County. The medical center currently employs more than 2,600 people. However, Urban has stated that the hospital has plans of employing “several hundred” more thanks to the expansion. 

The expansion will also increase the medical center’s parking capacity. Around 332 new parking spaces will be available with the construction of the two new levels. According to the press release,  a 7,416-square-footbridge will connect the South Tower with the parking garage. 

Memorial Hermann will also soon be expanding women’s health services at Memorial Northeast Hospital in Humble after they received a $10 million donation back in late October. 

Memorial Hermann’s expansion plans will be addressing both community needs and help continue their status as the fourth-largest employer in The Woodlands and north Houston.