Pearland Medical Center adds beds, services
Pearland Medical Center, which became the first hospital in Pearland when it opened three years ago, has expanded to add 19 licensed beds in a second-floor medical-surgical area that includes an observation unit.
“The plan was always to start small and to grow with Pearland, and that’s what we’re doing — these new beds will help us fulfill our mission of meeting patients’ needs for quality health care in their own backyards,” the hospital’s CEO, David Wagner, said of the facility, which is at at 11100 Shadow Creek Parkway.
The HCA Healthcare-affiliated hospital opened in 2015 and debuted the $8.5 million expansion on Nov. 29, according to a news release from the company.
Completed after six months of construction, the addition adds 14,380 square feet to the hospital, bringing the total size to 158,380 square feet, and increases its total capacity to 53 licensed beds. Of the new licensed beds, 18 are for standard patient rooms in the medical-surgical unit and one is an isolation room used to keep contagious or immunocompromised patients separated from other patients.
An additional four beds are in the observation unit for patients from the emergency department who generally stay there for less than 48 hours for observation and are not admitted to the hospital, hospital spokeswoman Casey Delperdang said.
The company hired eight new nurses for the new areas.
The hospital started operating at 100 percent capacity last year, Wagner said.
“That meant there were times, for example, during peak flu season last year, when not every patient had immediate access to a private room and was instead safely accommodated elsewhere in the hospital until one was available,” he said. “With this expansion, we’re even better positioned to maintain a consistent and ideal patient experience as seasonal and overall demand for hospital services in Pearland grows.
“The new space is expected to improve patient experience by helping to ensure patients’ direct admission to a private room.”
Like previously existing patient rooms, the new rooms will have telemetry systems that allow patients’ cardiac rhythms and other vital signs to be monitored around the clock. That means sicker patients can stay at Pearland Medical Center instead of being transferred to other hospitals farther from home.
Wagner said that the November opening of the new areas was timed to coincide with the expected increase in hospital admissions typical in the fall and winter months because of flu season and increased respiratory illnesses.
Wagner said that the hospital was built with expansion in mind.
“We fully anticipated this area of Pearland and down the (Texas 288) corridor to continue to see population growth and we wanted to be in a position to match that,” he said.
“The real driver for this addition is that we’ve experienced tremendous growth over our first three years as Pearland’s population has expanded,” said Wagner. “Our goal is to continue to proactively monitor and respond to the market’s needs so as much as possible, our community has the option of staying close to their homes and families for their health care.”
The hospital is aiming to keep pace with a city that has been ranked as one the nation’s fastest-growing in the last decade, according to Pearland Economic Corp.’s population summary on its website, which cites U.S. Census population figures from 2017.
Pearland’s population of 125,198 in 2017 compared with a population of 37,640 a decade before, making it the second-largest city in the Houston metropolitan area after Pasadena, which had 153,533 residents last year.
The other hospital in Pearland is Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital at 16100 South Freeway at Texas 288.
Wagner said Pearland Medical Center receives patients from places as far away as Sweeny and Lake Jackson and from areas just outside the Texas Medical Center to the north.
In December the hospital opened an additional operating room to relieve congested schedules on the existing ones. There are now four total operating rooms.
Wagner said it is too early to predict when another expansion is necessary. After the first quarter of 2019, hospital administrators will assess capacity needs.
If another expansion is needed, he said, funds to do that are available through HCA, their parent company and the largest hospital system in the Houston area.
Wagner said staying competitive by offering a comfortable setting for patients and their families as well as top-notch medical care is the goal behind every expansion to the hospital.
“We want to make sure someone who came to this hospital really felt cared for and in the event they become sick in the future, their fist thought was, I want to go to Pearland and Medical Center,” he said.
For more information, call 713-770-7000 or visit www.pearlandmc.com.