Construction Overview

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, part of the Memorial Hermann Health System and the first hospital to open in the world renowned Texas Medical Center, embarked on a $650 million renovation and expansion in the fall of 2014. The Breaking New Ground 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.

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The project’s highlights include a new, state-of-the-art patient care tower and a second building with parking and infrastructure capabilities to support future growth and renovation of existing pavilions on the sprawling campus.

Founded as Hermann Hospital in 1925, the original facility was only 200,000 square feet. Today Memorial Hermann’s flagship hospital encompasses more than 2.5 million square feet. Building on a long-term affiliation with UTHealth Medical School, Memorial Hermann-TMC and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital bring together a world-class team of clinicians, researchers and educators under one roof. The hospital provides exceptional care in the areas of trauma, heart and vascular, neuroscience, orthopedics, pediatrics, women’s health, general surgery, organ transplantation, oncology, and more. As a certified Level I trauma center for both adult and pediatric patients, the campus is home to the Texas Trauma Institute and provides 24-hour emergency and trauma care. In 1976, the hospital established Memorial Hermann Life Flight® – the first air ambulance service in Texas – which currently performs more than 3,000 annual missions with a fleet of six state-of-the-art helicopters. Memorial Hermann-TMC also encompasses three renowned institutes – the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute, the Heart & Vascular Institute, and the IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute, as well as the Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital – all offering the latest innovations, technology and treatment.

For nearly a century, the staff and affiliated physicians have set new standards of care in Texas and the nation through revolutionary advances in medicine and surgery. Today, that legacy of achievement continues with research that leads to less-invasive procedures, quicker recovery times, improved patient outcomes, reduced medical costs and increased patient satisfaction.

Memorial Hermann is investing significant resources into this expansion and renovation project and seeks the partnership of the philanthropic community to assist in these efforts. Breaking New Ground is a $200 million philanthropic campaign to support this effort. The campaign includes $150 million for renovation and expansion, with the additional $50 million earmarked for programmatic needs associated with the Texas Trauma Institute. For more information on how to contribute, visit

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

Part of the Memorial Hermann Health System, Memorial Hermann-TMC is one of the very few hospitals in the country to provide a full continuum of expert critical care services for both adults and children. Internationally recognized for treating the highest-acuity patients, Memorial Hermann-TMC is home to the most advanced and comprehensive intensive care units (ICUs) in the Greater Houston area. Patients recovering from a critical illness or injury may also benefit from one of the country’s leading rehabilitation hospitals – TIRR Memorial Hermann. The ability to provide this full spectrum of care for the critically ill or injured is a distinguishing feature that sets Memorial Hermann-TMC apart from other providers.

Today, the hospital consists of five separate patient care pavilions joined by a common atrium:

  • Cullen Pavilion opened in 1925
  • Robertson Pavilion opened in 1948
  • Jones Pavilion opened in 1977
  • Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital opened in 1999
  • The Heart & Vascular Institute opened in 2008

The Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital located in Bellaire is also part of the Memorial Hermann-TMC Campus.

Renovation and Expansion

Memorial Hermann is committed to renovating and expanding its facilities in the Texas Medical Center to meet the healthcare needs of the community today and in the future. The expansion and renovation project began in Fall 2014, and is expected to be completed in 2019. Improvements include:

  • 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
  • Seven shelled floors and six shelled operating rooms to accommodate future growth
  • The John S. Dunn Burn Center, the only comprehensive burn center in Houston verified by the American Burn Association, will expand to 20 beds