The University of Texas Medical Branch, seeking to add more hospital beds in League City, is planning a $148 million expansion of its hospital just as the MD Anderson center clinic and a parking structure near completion.
Construction of a planned five-story hospital expansion can begin now that the university’s board of regents on Tuesday approved the second phase of the expansion, officials said.
The new expansion will allow the hospital at 2240 Interstate 45 to add 60 more beds, for a total of 97 at the League City campus.
“The League City market is growing rapidly,” said Mike Shriner, medical branch vice president of business operations and facilities.
The new $79 million MD Anderson center clinic at the campus will be completed by September, but staff will move in sooner and begin seeing patients this summer, spokeswoman Julie Penne said.
MD Anderson also is part of the University of Texas System.
The $30 million parking structure with 740 stalls will be complete by June or July, Shriner said.
“They finished pouring the upper floors in the last 30 days,” Shriner said.
Crews also are nearly finished with a covered walkway that connects the parking structure to the hospital. The MD Anderson center clinic also is connected to the main hospital building on the campus.
The medical branch and University of Texas System in 2015 announced the MD Anderson development that would bring the world-renowned cancer treatment closer to county residents.
The treatment center marks the first-ever clinical collaboration between the sister institutions, while strengthening the medical branch’s ever growing League City presence.
The development also is part of a larger trend of prominent Houston health care providers — once mainly clustered in the Texas Medical Center — extending their reach to suburban markets.
The medical branch has found success in League City. Its most recent expansion includes adding a five-story wing to the existing hospital, Shriner said.
“It could be built up to 12 stories in the future,” Shriner said. “We could expand to as many as 350 beds if needed.”
The hospital will have 171,000 square feet of built space by March 2020, Shriner said.
The interior buildout of the MD Anderson center clinic should be completed by September or October, but the clinic staff and their equipment will start moving in about July, Penne said.
The clinic will phase in patient care starting in July, Penne said.
Galveston-based Hensel Phelps Construction Co. managed the parking structure project and will manage the new five-story expansion, Shriner said.
Houston-based Linbeck Group is the contractor for the MD Anderson center clinic, Penne said.
The medical branch hospital and its emergency room opened at the Victory Lakes site in June 2016. That initial project cost $82 million, officials said at the time.
Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center, 2555 Interstate 45, opened in February, not far from the medical branch campus.
League City economic development boosters refer to the cluster of medical branch, MD Anderson and Memorial Hermann hospital facilities on Interstate 45 as a hub to attract support businesses and research companies.
Tom Linklater, co-chairman of the League City Comprehensive Master Plan Task Force, likes to call it a medical village.
“Health care is our No. 1 target,” Linklater said.