HCHD Broke Ground on Five-Story Care Tower Expected to Care for 162,000 Annual Patient Visits

HOUSTON (Oct. 8, 2010) – The Harris County Hospital District broke ground on a 162,000-square-foot ambulatory care tower on Oct. 6 that will house many of the current outpatient specialty clinics currently located at Ben Taub General Hospital.

When completed in 2012, the $118 million facility and adjoining parking garage will serve 162,000 annual patient visits through its more than 100 exam rooms and specialty clinics in general medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics and oncology. The facility also will include a breast center of excellence and diagnostic imaging and facilities for outpatient treatments. 

“As we grow, we’ll continue to deliver uncompromising quality, outstanding patient satisfaction and positive outcomes for all of our valued stakeholders,” said David S. Lopez, president and CEO, Harris County Hospital District, speaking to a crowd of 100 people attending the groundbreaking ceremony. 

Within the five-story tower located next to the Harris County Hospital District’s administrative offices at 2525 Holly Hall, Houston, Texas 77054, will be the 5,500-square-foot J. Evans and Mary P. Attwell Radiation Therapy Center. The center will contain state-of-the-art linear accelerators used to create high-energy radiation for the treatment of cancer. 

The Attwells devoted their time, energy and enthusiasm to help their fellow residents, especially the underserved in the community. From 1992 - 2007, Mr. Attwell was an invaluable member of the Harris County Hospital District Board of Managers, serving as chair twice.  

“Early on, Mr. Attwell understood better than most the value and significance of expanding patient access to community-based healthcare,” said George V. Masi, chief operating officer, Harris County Hospital District. “Under his progressive leadership, the hospital district adopted a multi-faceted capital plan that emphasized patient-centered preventive and primary care for Harris County residents.” 

The goal of the Harris County Hospital District is to provide all patients with high-quality healthcare at the right time, by the right people, in the right location. To help achieve this, the Harris County Hospital District emphasizes community-based preventive and primary care and promotes the use of facilities, like the new facility, to provide more outpatient and diagnostic services outside of hospitals.

“What this means for the vast majority of Harris County Hospital District patients — the more than 1 million patient visits we care for annually in our extensive network of neighborhood-based community healthcare centers — is that these patients will no longer have to compete with our hospitalized patients for access to critical, and sometimes, life-saving diagnostic services,” said Dr. Robert Trenschel, senior vice president and administrator, Ambulatory Care Services, Harris County Hospital District. “This, in turn, means we will be able to provide these patients with earlier diagnoses, which oftentimes means earlier and more effective treatments and therapies that deliver better outcomes for patients.” 

Also attending the event were several notable elected officials including U.S. Rep. Al Green, Texas State Rep. Alma Allen, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Harris County Commissioner El Franco Lee, as well as Attwell family members and representatives from the hospital district’s two medical partners — Baylor College of Medicine and UTHealth.



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