As a testament to the growth along Beltway 8, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital is opening a new Convenient Care Center located near Summerwood. A first-of-its-kind, representatives from the community and the hospital celebrated the addition to the system with a groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 24. “This is a historic moment for Memorial Hermann because as health care is changing, we need to change as well. We will bring a new and transformative health care model for the Houston region,” Dan Wolterman, Memorial Hermann CEO, said at the ceremony.
“This project is the first in this region, and we chose the Lake Houston area because of the demographics and it is the right time for this project.” Instead of making the patients go where the providers are, the Convenient Care Center will offer a center that is structured around the patients and their families; Memorial Hermann is bringing the provider to the patient.
“We are excited to be the first Memorial Hermann hospital to open a Convenient Care Center and proud to bring a unique facility to the Lake Houston area,” Louis Smith, CEO of Memorial Hermann Northeast, said. Slated to open in the fall, the center will provide one-stop, highly coordinated access to a vast array of Memorial Hermann services in a single location. The $7.4 million, 30,000-square-foot Convenient Care Center will feature walk-in access and extended evening and weekend hours. For more urgent needs, it will offer a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week emergency department staffed by Memorial Hermann Northeast’s board-certified emergency medicine physicians and emergency trained nurses.
“We will also have other services like lab work, wellness programs, physical therapy and radiology work among other things. When you think health care in the future, you will think of driving here because all of your needs will be met,” Wolterman said. The Convenient Care Center is a pilot program for Memorial Hermann and the health care giant is prepared to open eight to 10 more sites similar to this location in the future across the city.
“I have been a champion for the Summerwood area since I first opened my office here. We needed services, churches and schools, but now we have everything we need thanks to businesses and companies like Memorial Hermann building a health care center for our community,” Don Gaddy, an active community member and “unofficial” mayor of the community, said.
Our very own Todd Womack is pictured second to the left in the above image.