Methodist Hospital System, Houston, will spend more than $1 billion over the next 10 years on expansion projects at its four hospitals, said John Hagale, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer for the system. Two projects with an estimated cost of at least $400 million are expected to begin this year: a more than $250 million, 500,000-square-foot outpatient center for 789-bed Methodist Hospital in Houston and a 220-bed expansion of 36-bed Methodist Hospital Sugar Land, which is estimated to cost at least $150 million. Sugar Land is situated in one of the fastest growing counties in the country, Hagale said. A 300,000-square-foot research facility in Houston also is in the works, though the estimated cost is yet to be determined, he said. Down the road, Methodist expects to build an outpatient facility at its 68-bed Willowbrook Hospital, possibly add beds at that hospital and build a new tower with 450 beds at the main campus, Hagale said. -- by Paul Barr
Texas system plans $1 billion in expansion projects
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