HOUSTON, TX (April 16, 2014) – Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, the first hospital to open in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center (TMC), soon will embark on a $650 million expansion and renovation of its campus. The “Master Plan” project will position the hospital to continue its leading role in driving the latest technology and procedures to provide for the growing healthcare needs in the Houston region.

The Memorial Hermann Health System board unanimously approved the expansion in March 2014.

“The board approving this renovation and expansion recognizes that, as the Houston region’s only full-service health system, we must be prepared to stay ahead of the fast-growing advances in medicine, keep pace with the extraordinary growth of our medical staff and meet the health needs of our community,” said Dan Wolterman, president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System. “When completed, the Memorial Hermann-TMC Master Plan will enhance our ability to provide the highest-quality and safest healthcare for our community for many decades to come.”

Construction on the Memorial Hermann-TMC Master Plan is scheduled to begin this summer. The expansion is expected to be completed in 2018. Highlighting the project will be the construction of a new, state-of-the-art patient care building,and an additional building that will include parking and infrastructure capabilities to support the new growth.

The expansion also will provide the campus with:

  • Two new buildings — one patient care tower and one parking and infrastructure building
  • The 15-floor patient care tower to house the Texas Trauma Institute and Memorial Hermann Life Flight®, including the John S. Dunn Helistop and dispatch center
  • 1.34 million square feet added to the hospital
  • 160 additional beds
  • 24 operating rooms (19 replacement and five new)
  • 16 additional emergency room bays
  • 750 new parking spaces
  • 335-seat café
  • The John S. Dunn Burn Center, the only comprehensive burn center in Houston verified by the American Burn Association, will expand to 20 beds.

In addition, seven shelled floors and six shelled operating rooms will be constructed to accommodate future growth with the potential of adding 264 beds.

“We recognize that our community will continue to grow and so will their health needs, so we’re designing the building with a forward-looking perspective to meet those needs,” said Wolterman.

Founded in 1925, Memorial Hermann-TMC has set new standards of care in Texas and the nation through advances in the practice of medicine. The first building was only 200,000 square feet; today, the System’s flagship hospital spans more than 2.5 million square feet.

“Our buildings tell a remarkable story about our history, but it is our employees who truly define our legacy,” said Craig Cordola, CEO of Memorial Hermann-TMC. “With this expansion, we are building towards our future and investing in our people. It gives me great pride to be a part of this seminal moment in our hospital and system’s history.”

The Master Plan builds upon the tremendous growth at Memorial Hermann-TMC over the last year. In June 2013, the Board approved $50 million to address short-term capacity projects at Memorial Hermann-TMC, establishing a new observation unit, expanding the post-acute care unit and building out new inpatient beds and operating rooms.

“Through our partnership with UTHealth Medical School as well as our private physicians, we have recruited phenomenal clinicians, expanding the services provided across our system,” Cordola said.

“We are excited about our growth and future,” Cordola said. “But I want to assure our patients and the community that Memorial Hermann-TMC will continue to meet their needs now without disruption as we prepare to meet their needs in the future.”

Memorial Hermann provides exceptional care in pediatrics, heart, neuroscience, orthopedics, women’s health, specialty surgery, and organ transplantation. Memorial Hermann-TMC is home to one of only two certified Level I trauma centers in the greater Houston area, providing 24-hour emergency and trauma care to more than 70,000 patients a year. In addition, Memorial Hermann Life Flight® air ambulance service operates a fleet of six helicopters, providing emergency rescue and air transport services to a multi-county area.


About Memorial Hermann

An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading-edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and more than 20,000 employees, serves to advance health in Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann’s 13 hospitals include four hospitals in the Texas Medical Center: an acute care hospital which houses the Texas Trauma Institute and a Level I trauma center of which Life Flight® air ambulance is a part, a hospital for children, a rehabilitation hospital, and an orthopedic and spine hospital; eight suburban hospitals; and a second rehabilitation hospital in Katy. The system also operates three Heart & Vascular Institutes, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, three IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute locations, joint replacement centers, cancer centers, imaging and surgery centers, sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, outpatient laboratories, a chemical dependency treatment center, a home health agency, a retirement community, and a nursing home. As an Accountable Care Organization, the system also offers employers health solutions and health benefit plans through its wholly owned Memorial Hermann Health Insurance Company.