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THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Houston Methodist announced plans Thursday to build a new 193-bed hospital in The Woodlands and a 390-bed inpatient tower on the Houston Methodist Hospital campus.

Groundbreaking on the new 470,000 square foot hospital in The Woodlands, which will be built at the intersection of TX 242 and I-45, is expected in early 2015, with the hospital completed in 2017. Construction includes a 135,000 square foot medical building which will open in late 2015.

The new patient tower in the Texas Medical Center will replace patient beds in Houston Methodist Hospital s original Main building and add highly advanced heart and neurosurgery operating rooms. It is also expected to be completed in 2017.

Houston Methodist has served the greater Houston community for almost 100 years, said Marc Boom, M.D., president and CEO of Houston Methodist. We are excited to bring our long history of leading medicine and excellent patient care to the residents of The Woodlands.

The new hospital, which will be the eighth in the Houston Methodist system, will offer The Woodlands community a full service, acute care hospital capable of delivering services similar to what is available in the Texas Medical Center. The $328 million campus will be modeled after Houston Methodist West Hospital near Katy.

The Woodlands community is expected to grow 11 percent over the next five years, and Houston Methodist is eager to meet the growing health care needs of the area, Boom said.

The inpatient tower next to Houston Methodist Hospital will have capacity for 390 beds, including 102 intensive care beds, expanded operating suites, hybrid suites and a dedicated cardiology floor with 14 interventional catheterization labs. The new tower, which will cost about $540 million, will include high tech operating rooms that will dramatically expand Houston Methodist s ability to provide image guided heart and brain procedures. These procedures allow for minimally invasive treatment of conditions that once required open surgery.

Houston Methodist continues to see increased demand from the community for the high quality care provided in our facilities, Boom said. Over the next three years, Houston Methodist will invest more than $1 billion into expanding and replacing our facilities throughout the Houston area. We are investing in new facilities for our patients, meeting the needs of our growing community.

Paul Layne, executive vice president of Master Planned Communities for The Howard Hughes Corporation said, We are pleased to have an exceptional health care system like Houston Methodist come to The Woodlands. Houston Methodist offers a valuable amenity through its services to The Woodlands community.

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