June 11, 2012
Kingwood Medical Center Announces New Plan for Growth
$71 million expansion launches a South Tower to support Women's Services
Kingwood Medical Center announces plans for a $71 Million expansion to construct a new, three story Tower, adding 155,400 square feet to the hospital to support the growing healthcare needs of the Lake Houston Area communities. Construction of the New South tower is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2012 with a completion date planned for the 1st quarter 2014.
"Our top priority is to deliver high quality, cost-effective health care to the communities we serve," says Melinda Stephenson CEO of Kingwood Medical Center. "The enhancements we are planning will allow our medical staff and outstanding team of employees to continue our mission to provide the safest and most expedited care for women, infants, and children in a new and modern environment conducive to healing."
Details of the project include:
New Construction of the Women’s Center and South Tower:
- 12 Labor, Delivery and Recovery Rooms
- 8 High Risk Antepartum Beds
- 24 Neonatal Intensive Care Beds
- 2 C-Section Rooms
- 4 bed OB Triage Suite
- 2 additional Operating Rooms
- 36 Post Partum Beds
- 32 Well Baby Nursery Beds
- Future Pediatric and Medical/Surgical beds
Changes to existing hospital
- Relocation and expansion of
- Administrative Suites
- Admitting Department
- Corridor connecting North and South Tower
- Newly Designed Kitchen and Cafeteria
- Additional 100 parking spaces added at SE corner of campus
- Additional 85 parking spaces added at NW corner of campus
Architect: Gould Turner Group, Inc.
General Contractor: Brasfied and Gorrie, LLC
Becky Harmon, Chief Nursing Officer, explained the need for the project, "Kingwood Medical Center is the leading provider of Women’s and children’s care for Northeast Houston. Our team delivered more than 2,200 babies last year. An expanded newborn nursery will provide us with the best in aesthetics and comfort for our newborns, as well as offer our physicians and staff the most modern and efficient work environment.” The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will allow us to care for the tiniest babies in an environment that is both safe and comfortable for families and care givers.
“New serene patient rooms and expanded services are geared toward continuing the healing environment for which Kingwood Medical Center is renowned,” said Megan Marietta, Chief Operations Officer. “Our new high risk Ante Partum unit will be geared for patients needing to stay in the hospital for extended periods of time prior to the delivery. Our new Maternal Fetal Medicine physicians will be available to provide consultation on site for patients needing a higher level of care.”
In addition to new construction, the project also features renovations to other areas of the facility, including the relocation and expansion of the admitting and administrative departments, the development of a corridor connecting the North and South Towers, and an expansion and remodeling of the cafeteria and kitchen. Approximately 185 parking spaces will also be added on campus.
KWMC currently employs more than 1,100 people across our multiple campuses. As a result of the expansion, the hospital anticipates an additional one hundred jobs in various clinical and ancillary service areas.
KMC will remain fully operational during construction and provide free valet services for our customers.