Harris Health System Dedicates New Outpatient Center

Harris Health System dedicated its Harris Health Outpatient Center on Oct. 10, a facility built to reduce patient wait times and improve access to non-hospital specialty services like hematology, orthopedics and same-day surgery. The new 83,000-square-foot center is located next to Harris Health’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in northeast Harris County.

The outpatient center relocates many specialty services previously housed inside LBJ Hospital. The new facility has nearly 130 exam, intake and surgery rooms. When fully operational, the facility will accommodate 100,000 patient visits annually.

“We’re excited because the new Harris Health Outpatient Center expands our services to the community and helps us reduce the wait times for many of our patients,” says Dr. Ericka Brown, senior vice president and administrator, Harris Health’s Ambulatory Care Services. “We want our patients to receive the best care in the most appropriate settings, outside of hospitals, where they can be seen quickly and more efficiently.” 

“This state-of-the-art facility also will house Harris Health’s same-day surgery center to serve patients requiring outpatient surgical procedures in a timely manner.”   

Work on the $60 million outpatient center began in 2009 with staff working closely with architects, builders and engineers. The facility features large windows and aesthetic elements of natural light and artwork to provide patients and visitors a relaxing healing environment. Additionally, the center has a connector building to LBJ Hospital and a 360-space parking garage.

"We are all proud of the end product," says Stephenie Pharr, director, Harris Health Specialty Clinics at LBJ Hospital. "The Outpatient Center is only possible due to the hard work and determination of a team of people that had one vision—to provide our patients with a space that promotes healing."

Many of the specialty services begin Oct. 21 with full operation of the entire building expected by March 2014.