LEAGUE CITY

League City officials and business leaders got an early peek Thursday at the new Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center, 2555 S. Interstate 45, before it opens Monday.

“It’s impressive,” Mayor Pat Hallisey said as he toured the emergency room and adjoining clinics. Councilman Larry Millican echoed the sentiment.

The 47,000-square-foot facility is the largest care center in the Memorial Hermann Health System, a nonprofit organization in Southeast Texas that includes 16 hospitals and four other convenient care centers.

League City Regional Chamber of Commerce representatives performed a ritual ribbon-cutting for the facility and spoke hopefully about the future.

Memorial Hermann’s first facility in Galveston County fits well with the chamber’s vision of a medical village on Interstate 45 and a larger concept of an innovation belt from Houston to Galveston, officials said.

“It’s a long-awaited addition,” chamber member Tom Linklater said.

The new medical facility 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, League City Regional Chamber of Commerce President Steve Paterson said.

Almost directly across from Memorial Hermann is the University of Texas Medical Branch Health center that is adjacent to the MD Anderson Clinic, which is also under construction. The 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 13 acres it bought in Pinnacle Park and could easily expand as well, officials said.

A helicopter pad is possible, but those details are still evolving, Memorial Hermann officials said.

The new facility features a 24-hour, full emergency room, a primary care clinic, a diagnostic lab, a diagnostic imaging area, a breast-care center, an occupational medicine clinic and a sports medicine clinic. It also has room for an urgent care center to fit the needs that fall between emergency care and primary medicine.

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

Valerie Wells: 409-683-5246; valerie.wells@galvnews.com

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