As he was walking out of the shiny, new elevator at the Convenient Care Center (CCC) in Kingwood, Noel Cardenas said, “The last time I saw this elevator, there were fish floating in it!”

– Community welcomes new Convenient Care Center –

Hard to believe, but he’s telling the truth.

He’s the vice-president for operations at Memorial Hermann’s northeast campus in Humble and, 14 months ago, he was touring the devastation Hurricane Harvey wreaked on the two-story, 44,450-square-foot medical center that had been scheduled to open that very day.

What a difference 14 months plus a lot of blood, sweat and tears can make.

On Nov. 14, Memorial Hermann officials cut the ribbon formally opening the Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center Kingwood, located in the Main Street Kingwood Shopping Center at Kingwood Drive and W. Lake Houston Pkwy.

“When Hurricane Harvey struck, we were days away from the grand opening of Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Kingwood,” Josh Urban, senior vice-president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, told the overflowing VIP crowd on the second-floor waiting area of the newly reconstructed structure. “Like many others in our community, we experienced significant damage from the storm. While it’s been a long road to recovery, we are pleased to open our doors and provide the Kingwood and Greater Lake Houston communities with a one-stop shop for their health-care needs.”

It took more than 14 months, but the center in Kingwood has been remediated and reconstructed to provide adult and pediatric primary care, specialty physicians, and sports medicine and rehabilitation.

Rounding out the new CCC services are outpatient imaging, including state-of-the-art equipment comprising X-ray, CT, ultrasound and 3D screening mammography, and a 24-hour Emergency Center.

Houston City Councilmember Dave Martin recalled his meeting almost three years ago with former Northeast campus CEO Heath Rushing when the Main Street Kingwood Shopping Center was first proposed.

“We knew this would be a perfect location for such an important resource for our community,” Martin said before presenting a commendation from the City of Houston.

The Kingwood CCC is modeled after the first center built in Summer Creek and sister facilities operating in Greater Heights, Katy, League City, Sienna Plantation and Spring.

“We want to help patients and families establish a medical home,” said Teal Holden, senior vice-president for Memorial Hermann Ambulatory Services, “one that will grow with them into the future and continue to meet all their health-care needs for many years to come.”

Urban emphasized that the Kingwood center is an extension of Memorial Hermann Northeast in Humble and connected to the larger Memorial Hermann system. “If a higher level of care is needed, patients can be transferred to nearby Memorial Hermann Northeast or to any of our system’s locations in The Woodlands or the Texas Medical Center,” he said.

The Kingwood CCC opened just as the Memorial Hermann Northeast team also completed a $70-million, 123,000-square-foot, five-story patient tower that features 90 patient rooms twice the size of the rooms they are replacing, and a 100,000-square-foot physician office building, both located on the Humble campus.

For more information about Memorial Hermann’s newest CCC in Kingwood, visit memorialhermann.org/kingwoodccc.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.