Between 2010 and 2016, the population of The Woodlands, Texas increased by about 18,000 people, according to the Woodlands Township. With the increase in the population of The Woodlands comes a need for more healthcare options. While there has always been local hospitals, a couple of new ones are being added and the existing hospitals have expanded their services so that residents no longer need to drive into Houston to receive specialty, high-quality medical care.

 

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital

Since 1985, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands has been providing quality care to area residents. Employing over 2,000 people including, physicians, employees, and volunteers, this 258-bed main hospital offers a variety of specialty services. Some of these include Chest Pain Center and Primary Stroke Center, outpatient imaging, an American College of Surgeons accredited cancer program, pediatric medicine and women’s care. The newest additions to the hospital campus include an  Outpatient Surgery Center, an Outpatient Imaging Center, digital mammography, an inpatient TIRR rehabilitation floor and a floor for joint replacement patient care.

 

St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital

Opening in 2003, this 242-bed hospital offers a wide variety of services. Cardiovascular services, diagnostic imaging, women’s services (digital mammography and bone density studies), neurosciences, pediatric care, pathology and pulmonary services, and sleep disorders are the top clinical services offered. DNV Healthcare, Inc. gave St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital national accreditation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center in 2014 and they received the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Achievement Award in 2015 from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

 

Houston Methodist – The Woodlands

Expected to open July 1, Houston Methodist will be operating a 193-bed hospital in The Woodlands. Marc Boom, president and CEO of Houston Methodist, is hoping that their full-service, acute care hospital will bring “leading medicine and excellent patient care” to the continually expanding population of The Woodlands.

 

Texas Children’s Hospital

Mark Mullarkey, senior vice president of Texas Children’s Hospital, says, “We want to provide the highest quality of care – and bring it closer to home.” Newly opened during the first week in May 2017, the facility offers 25 patient rooms, 32 acute care beds, four operating rooms, 12 radiology suites and 28 critical care rooms. Specialty pediatric care will include areas such as cancer, cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, and gastroenterology, among many others.

 

While the hospitals may face some competition from each other, residents now have more options, and tough decisions, when it comes to choosing quality health care that works for them. Hospital standards should be high across the board. However, finding a nearby specialty physician or getting to an emergency room as fast as possible should not be an issue. As the population of The Woodlands continues to grow, the hospitals of The Woodlands recognize the need for growth as well.