Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Plans Major Expansion

An artist’s rendition of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land’s three-phase expansion.

An artist’s rendition of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land’s three-phase expansion.

As Fort Bend County continues to lead the state in population growth, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital is making plans for that growth with a $93 million Campus expansion. The three-phase project begins with renovations and technology additions to the current facility, followed by construction of a 100,000-square-foot professional office building and culminating with a new 120,000-square-foot patient tower.

“The hospital’s service area is projected to grow rapidly over the next five years,” said CEO Greg Haralson. “It’s important for our hospital to grow with the community in order to continue providing our patients with quality care.”

Phase one of the project, slated to begin later this year, will add eight beds to the Emergency Center, expanding capacity to 26 beds. It will also add a new surgical suite with full digital integration affording surgeons access to patients’ records and imaging studies within the operating room.

This phase also includes shell space for four future surgical suites. Technology additions include a new MRI and an upgraded CT scanner. Completion of this phase is expected in 2014.

Phase two of the project, a professional office building, is the second of its kind on Memorial Hermann Sugar Land’s Campus. Located to the west of Medical Plaza 1, the new structure will provide 100,000 square feet of combined physician offices, expanded sports medicine and rehabilitation services, along with outpatient imaging. Groundbreaking is set for November 2013 with completion during the summer of 2014.

Phase three of the project, expected to begin in the fall of 2014, adds a six-story patient tower on the northeast corner of the hospital grounds. When completed in early 2016, it will increase the hospital’s total bed count to 141. ICU beds will increase to 14 and an intermediate care unit will add 16 beds. Another 30 beds will bring the total to 60 new beds during this phase of the expansion.

The tower’s structural composition will allow the addition of four more floors to accommodate future growth. Other space in the tower includes preadmission and education areas, as well as a self-contained endoscopy suite offering patients a one-stop location for endoscopy procedures.

“We are seeing more esophageal and colon cancers being diagnosed in the area,” said Haralson. “This endoscopy suite will serve as the foundation for a digestive disease center, bringing patients and subspecialty physicians together in one place for diagnosis and treatment.”

This is the hospital’s first major expansion since opening in 2006 and promises the addition of more medical subspecialties on Campus. With the opening of the patient tower, the hospital anticipates adding 160 to 180 new employee partners.

“This expansion project is a testament to all members of the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land family who consistently work toward advancing the health of those we serve every day,” said Malisha Patel, chief operations officer. “We are excited to engage our physicians, employees and community as we build a tower with this vision in mind.”