Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston, will invest $100 million to build new heart institutes at its hospitals in Memorial City, Texas, and southwest Houston. A children's heart institute already has been established at Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital. The system's Memorial City Hospital will spend $35 million to consolidate heart services on three floors. The build-out for the institute, including 65 beds, five cardiac catheterization laboratories, and expanded cardiac imaging and diagnostic capabilities, is expected to be completed next summer. Meanwhile in 2006, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital expects to open a freestanding, seven-story facility with 45 beds, an intensive-care unit, five cardiac cath labs, and a noninvasive diagnostic center at a cost of $65 million. -- by Cinda Becker
Texas system unveils $100 million cardiac expansion
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