The Harris County Hospital District is modernizing and upgrading its facilities to meet and expand our community’s needs. In the last two years, the Hospital District has opened the El Franco Lee Community Health Center and Eligibility Center, the MLK Community Health Center and Eligibility Center, the Pediatric and Adolescent Community Health Center and completed construction on the new LBJ General Hospital Emergency Center.
The Hospital District has also recently broken ground on the Smith Clinic and the J. Evans and Mary P. Attwell Radiation Therapy Center. Thanks to a public-private partnership between HCHD, the HCHD Foundation and the Houston community, this new five-story facility will help HCHD expand its healthcare delivery system and will improve patient access to healthcare services, reduce wait times, focus on preventative healthcare and serve more people in our community. Scheduled to be completed in 2012, this clinic holds more than 100 exam rooms and will offer general medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics and oncology services. It will also include the Smith Breast Center of Excellence, diagnostic imaging units and facilities for outpatient treatments.
Construction has also started on the new Westlands Ambulatory Care Center on the LBJ General Hospital campus which includes a three-story, 83,000 square foot care center, a 30,000 square foot structure connecting the center to the hospital and a parking garage. Specialty clinics currently housed in LBJ will be moved to the new clinic, allowing LBJ to convert the clinic space to inpatient use in the hospital. The new care center will also contain a day surgery unit with four operating rooms and appropriate pre-op and recovery areas. This new center is scheduled to be completed in early 2013.
The Hospital District also recently began construction on the Old Tower of the original Ben Taub General Hospital building, The renovated area will house the laboratory, medical records, coding, biomedical engineering and the employee health clinic, allowing the current hospital to recapture the space for patient care expansion.