LEAGUE CITY

A hospital chaplain on Thursday blessed an oak sapling growing in front of Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center, under construction in Pinnacle Park.

The future medical facility at 2555 S. Interstate 45 has already taken root and is branching out by making partnerships with schools, businesses and leaders who appreciate the homage to the city’s oak tree identity.

The 47,000 square-foot facility in League City will be Memorial Hermann’s largest care center when it opens in January.

It will be the first facility in Galveston County for Memorial Hermann Health System, a not-for-profit organization in southeast Texas that includes 16 hospitals and four other convenient care centers.

It will feature a full emergency room with 10 beds as well as a primary care clinic, said Teal Holden, vice president of operations for ambulatory services at Memorial Hermann.

Medical staff will triage patients, sorting the emergencies from injuries or illnesses that primary care providers could treat, Holden said.

“With it not being an urgent care center, a patient can establish a medical home and still have follow up with a primary care provider in the building,” Holden said.

The difference between an urgent care center and a care center that has both an ER and a primary care center is the difference between levels of care, said Kyle Price, senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital.

“With urgent care, a lot of people aren’t seeking primary care,” Price said. “Millennials want to get in and out.”

Along with the 24-hour ER and primary care, the care center will include imaging and lab services, mammography, physical therapy and occupational medicine.

Memorial Hermann has four convenient care centers in Katy, Sienna Plantation, Spring and Summer Creek. Three more are under construction, including the one in League City.

The League City site is in Pinnacle Park, a 100-acre mixed-use town center development just west of I-45 and north of FM 646.

It’s in the right place at the right time as a medical village is emerging in League City, said Steve Paterson, president of the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Almost directly across from Memorial Hermann is the University of Texas Medical Branch Health center that is adjacent to the MD Anderson Clinic, also under construction. University of Texas Medical Branch has plans to expand its facility and hospital beds.

Memorial Hermann also has an eye on the future. The health system has not used all the 13 acres it bought in Pinnacle Park and could easily expand as well.

“We watch the market and analytics,” Price said. “We look at trends and patterns. The data tells us when it’s time. League City is one of the busiest growing communities in Houston. It’s exploding.”

Valerie Wells

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409-683-5246; valerie.wells@galvnews.com or on Twitter @ValGalNews

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