Kelsey-Seybold will soon call the Porter area home with the opening of a three-story, multispecialty clinic along U.S. Highway 59, replacing the Kingwood clinic damaged by flooding during Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. With the help of the East Montgomery County Improvement District (EMCID), the company announced on Thursday, Nov. 8 it had officially closed on 5.5 acres of land in unincorporated Montgomery County on the northbound side of Hwy. 59, north of Northpark Drive. The facility is expected to open in 2020.
During the process of acquiring the land, EMCID President and CEO Frank McCrady along with board members Brenda Webb, Stephen Carlisle, Fred Wetz and Martin Zepeda spent several days, walking from door-to-door along Memorial Drive to talk with residents about the impending facility and asked them to sign a petition changing the deed restrictions levied on the property, which had put the project in jeopardy. McCrady traveled to San Antonio to locate additional property owners and gather signatures. Additionally, Commissioner Jim Clark, Porter MUD and Cathy Bate went to great lengths to aid in facilitating the project.
“First and foremost, we want to thank those who signed the petition to change the deed restrictions on the property that allowed Kelsey-Seybold to acquire this parcel of land,” said McCrady. “We had an overwhelming response from homeowners and property owners who were excited to have a premier healthcare facility closer to home. Because the property is situated within the city of Houston’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), the petition was then submitted to the city to lift the deed restrictions and then sent back to Montgomery County for approval. It was important for the property owners to agree with a care center that benefits this area and meets the community’s
McCrady also added that the clinic will bring more jobs to the community and that the new facility will serve as an instrumental tool for students in healthcare-related studies at Lone Star College – Kingwood to transition into the workforce.
“We want to further thank the residents and EMCID board members for working together to get this new facility here in East Montgomery County,” added McCrady. “And thank you to Kelsey-Seybold for choosing EMC for its newest location.”
“We chose this site mainly because of accessibility and visibility,” said Nicholas Ro, Chief Legal and Strategic Planning Officer for Kelsey-Seybold. “It is centrally located to Kingwood and the many growing communities of East Montgomery County. Being right off the freeway, the new clinic will be visible and convenient for patients. And our employees will enjoy the easy access to
shopping and restaurants.”
According to information provided by Kelsey-Seybold, the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Kingwood will increase in size from 20,000 square-feet to nearly 55,000 square-feet, where patients have access to expanded services in primary care including internal medicine, family medicine,
pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.
Also, the Kelsey-Seybold - Kingwood Clinic may add new specialties such as pulmonary, cardiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation/spine and optometry to their list of specialties that include allergy, endocrinology, gastroenterology, orthopedics – sports medicine and podiatry.
“We look forward to providing the full range of outpatient services – primary care, specialty care, pediatrics, MRI, CT, pharmacy, and more — all in one convenient location,” said Ro. “We also look forward to offering KelseyCare Advantage (the only 5-star rated Medicare Advantage plan in the region) to more residents of East Montgomery County.”
The new clinic will also offer new diagnostic services, 3D (Tomosynthesis) digital mammography, cardiac stress testing and will also include mobile CT and MRI. The clinic will continue to offer X-ray, DEXA and ultrasound testing.
Once completed, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Kingwood will be located at 25553 U.S. Highway 59 near E. Memorial Drive in Porter. Kelsey-Seybold representatives along with EMCID and a few others will celebrate the official groundbreaking ceremony sometime in December.