The ceremonial spade of dirt has been turned, the construction crews and their equipment are in place and, during the next 18 months, Memorial Hermann Northeast’s new state-of-the-art patient tower will rise above the Humble campus.


“This new patient tower will add so much to our community,” said City of Humble Mayor Merle Aaron during groundbreaking ceremonies held on May 30 at the Northeast campus.
The $70-million, 123,000-square foot, five-story patient tower will be located on the McKay or south side of the campus, directly north of the Southwest Tower. It will feature 90 patient rooms, nearly twice the size of the South Tower rooms they are replacing. The top floor will be a shell offering the potential of an additional 30 beds when needed.
The new tower replaces patient rooms in the older South Tower, built in the early 1980s. Administrative functions will be moved into the older tower.
Aaron paid special recognition to Roy Hearnsburger, president of the Northeast Hospital Authority, and the authority directors for their efforts in keeping the Memorial Hermann facility in Humble.
“Roy, you and the authority have played such a large role in the growth of this campus,” the mayor said. “The community owes you a debt of gratitude that we can never repay. Thank you.”
Aaron cited the City of Humble’s close relationship with Memorial Hermann while introducing CEO Josh Urban.
“Thank you for what you’re building,” the mayor said to the Memorial Hermann officials as more than 200 business and community leaders, employees and medical staff packed into the hospital’s community events room. “You have been a good partner in bringing quality health care to Humble.”
“This year is a milestone for us,” Urban said during the ceremony, “the 10th year of our partnership with the City of Humble, the 100th anniversary of Memorial Hermann, and the 40th anniversary of the Northeast campus.”
The Northeast campus opened its doors as Northeast Medical Center Hospital on October 2, 1977. The authority leased the hospital to Memorial Hermann on January 1, 2007 and Memorial Hermann purchased the campus from the Northeast Hospital Authority in May 2016.
The $70-million patient tower is just a portion of Memorial Hermann’s $125 million commitment to the Lake Houston community. Urban said the Gulf Coast’s largest not-for-profit system also plans to create 240 employee parking spots on a landscaped surface lot just off the Interstate 69 feeder road. The new employee lot will allow for more and convenient parking for patients and visitors.
According to Urban, Memorial Hermann will also begin building a second 100,000-square foot physicians' office building this summer, will increase the capabilities of the campus central plant, will expand and upgrade the women’s center and neonatal intensive care unit, and will renovate and upgrade the east entrance of the campus.
In addition to the construction in Humble, Memorial Hermann is finishing up construction of a new 45,000-square-foot Convenient Care Center (CCC) located at Kingwood Drive and West Lake Houston Parkway in the Main Street Kingwood Shopping Center. The two-story CCC will offer adult and pediatric primary care, specialty physicians, sports medicine and rehabilitation, outpatient imaging, and lab services plus a 24-hour emergency center.
“Having just moved here, this is my first groundbreaking with Memorial Hermann and you can imagine this is a day I will always remember,” said Russ Korcuska, Memorial Hermann’s vice-president for design and construction.
The Northeast campus construction will have a positive impact on the Humble and Lake Houston economies, according to Korcuska.
“This project adds 200 good paying jobs to our community and we’ll be doing it safely,” Korcuska said.
The new patient tower is scheduled to open December 2018.
The CCC in Kingwood will open September 5, 2017 with a community party planned to introduce Lake Houston residents to Memorial Hermann’s newest CCC Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fun Facts
Memorial Hermann Northeast’s new patient tower will consist of:
· 9,000 cubic yards of concrete – enough to fill three Olympic-sized pools or pave 15 football fields
· 800 tons of steel – enough for 300 miles of railroad track or 400 pickup trucks
· 210 miles of cable
· 500,000 labor hours to build
· 200 jobs will be created during construction

 

 

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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.

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