Stork flies north: Doctors since 1952 have delivered thousands of babies at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City. But that tradition soon will end as the hospital consolidates and moves its obstetrics program and infant deliveries to its main campus at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. The consolidation is effective March 1.

Obstetrical services through the women’s clinic still will be available, but babies will be delivered at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, 500 W. Medical Center Blvd.

There’s good reason for that, officials say. Clear Lake Regional Medical Center has a broader range of obstetrical, gynecological and high-risk pregnancy resources, including a level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, officials say.

All other existing inpatient and outpatient programs, including emergency care, surgical and orthopedic, cardiovascular, stroke and trauma services, will continue to operate at Mainland Medical Center, which is on a 31-acre campus at 6801 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, near state Highway 3. HCA Healthcare acquired the hospital in 1995.

Park and read: In more medical news, there’s fresh evidence of University of Texas Medical Branch‘s plans for major League City growth. Construction of the 135,000-square-foot MD Anderson outpatient center underway in League City also will include a 700-space parking garage, officials confirm. The garage will accommodate additional patients at the $112 million MD Anderson clinic at the medical branch’s campus, 2240 Interstate 45.

Meanwhile, the medical branch will add 60 rooms to its $82 million League City hospital and emergency room that opened in June, medical branch officials told Valerie Wells, a reporter for The Daily News. When it opened last year, the facility included 39 hospital beds for inpatient stays of up to 72 hours.

Eventually, the medical branch could add as many as 350 hospital rooms, if population and clinical demand warrant such investment. Based on the medical branch’s master plan, the projected growth of its League City campus could be as much as 3 million square feet in years to come. Stay tuned.

Making the rounds: It’s clear the medical industry is playing a big part in shaping growth in the north county and Clear Lake area. One of the most prominent players is Medistar Corp., which announced this week it would develop a new ambulatory medical center at Gemini III on its three-building Gemini Medical Campus at Gemini Avenue and Buccaneer Lane in Houston. The new surgery center will feature two special procedure rooms and four operating suites with room for expansion.

Gemini I and II are fully leased to orthopedic surgeons, pain management and primary care physicians. The Gemini III surgery center marks the latest partnership with Bay Area Regional Medical Center, which Medistar developed. In Webster, Medistar is developing a new 70-bed skilled nursing center and 60,000-square-foot medical office building to complement the rapid growth of Bay Area Regional, which Medistar is expanding from 104 to 191 total beds.

Moving south? While much of Medistar’s investment has benefited Webster and the Clear Lake area, all signs point principals moving toward League City. Rumor has it that Medistar President and CEO Monzer Hourani and business partners are considering developing a hotel on a 22-acre tract on the southwest side of FM 646 and Interstate 45 in League City. The hotel would accommodate the growing number of people visiting League City for medical treatment, among other visitors. Stay tuned.

Better business? A business management consulting firm has expanded its services to League City. Draker Cody Inc., more commonly known as DCI, has expanded its services to Texas with a new office in League City. DCI, founded in 1997, specializes in helping businesses improve management processes, human resources and develop best practices to be more efficient, effective and profitable, the company said.

Rick Draker, chief operating officer, and Sandy Cody, president, have a combined 60 years of experience in human resources, project and operations management consulting for business, not-for-profit and government entities.

Work of art: The island is known to have a few collectors of fine art. So, it’s noteworthy that Bradley Boone last month opened Titian Fine Art in the West Island Professional Center, 6511 Stewart Road in Galveston.

Boone established Titian Fine Art in 2014 after interning with Antonio Loro, a world-famous art restorer. Boone still collaborates with Loro, he said.

Boone in the past 12 years and during his time as an airline pilot bought and sold paintings before deciding to pursue a career in restoring and conserving fine art.

Titian Fine Arts has several different services, including art restoration, which entails repairing, cleaning, authenticating and appraising art and repairing frames and refinishing artwork. Services also include paper restoration, including that of flooded and water-damaged items. And Boone also offers ecclesiastical restoration.

“I take an artistic approach to church restoration,” he said. I turn statues, stations, crosses, altars in to one-of-a-kind pieces of art.”

Boone has worked in the past year and a half on St. Mary’s Church in Praha, Texas.

With a strong art scene on the island and a large collection of historic homes filled with fine art, Galveston is a logical location for his business, Boone said.

Coming soon: Look next week for more buzz about new tenants at West Island Professional Center, owned and managed by Benny and Kay Davis.

Reach reporter Laura Elder at 409-683-5248 or laura.elder@galvnews.com.

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