Harris Health Unveils $2.9B Plan for New Trauma Center, Hospital Upgrades

Harris Health System unveils a $2.9 billion strategic facilities plan, including a new 12-story Level I trauma center and health center expansions. The project, set to open in 2028, aims to improve healthcare access and outcomes in underserved areas of Harris County, Texas.

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Harris Health Unveils $2.9B Plan for New Trauma Center, Hospital Upgrades

Harris Health Unveils $2.9B Plan for New Trauma Center, Hospital Upgrades

TheHarris Health Systemhas unveiled a transformative $2.9 billion strategic facilities plan to revolutionize healthcare services in Harris County, Texas. The multiphase initiative includes the construction of a state-of-the-art 12-story Level I trauma center, set to open its doors in 2028. The plan also encompasses significant renovations to LBJ Hospital, an expansion of Ben Taub Hospital, and the addition of three new health centers strategically located in Northwest, Southwest, and Eastern Harris County.

Why this matters: This investment in healthcare infrastructure will have a direct impact on the quality of life for Harris County residents, particularly in underserved areas. By increasing access to quality medical services, this project can help reduce healthcare disparities and improve overall health outcomes in the region.

The centerpiece of the plan is the $1.6 billion hospital facility, which will replace the aging LBJ Hospital and become Harris County's next Level I trauma center. The 12-story marvel will rise on the existing Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital Campus, boasting 390 private patient rooms, a rooftop helipad, 15 dedicated operating rooms, and acutting-edge hybridoperating room. The project garnered resounding support from Harris County voters, with over 72% approving the November 2023 bond election to fund the ambitious endeavor.

Dr. Esmaeil Porsa, President and CEO of Harris Health System, emphasized the urgent need for upgraded facilities, stating,"With the original LBJ and Ben Taub hospitals over three decades old and our community's rapid growth, there is an urgent need for upgraded facilities. The new Level I trauma center, located outside the Texas Medical Center, will significantly bolster our capability to meet regional healthcare demands alongside our primary care expansion. "The new hospital will also serve as an extended clinical training site for UTHealth Houston's McGovern Medical School residents and faculty, fostering thenext generationof medical professionals.

Dr. Andrea Caracostis, Board Chair of the Harris Health System, lauded the initiative as a monumental step forward, saying,"This expansion is a monumental step forward in providing cutting-edge, comprehensive healthcare services to all residents of Harris County. This has been long overdue and is vital for enhancing the capacity and capabilities of our healthcare infrastructure. "The strategic facilities plan aims to address the growing healthcare needs of the community, ensuring access to quality medical services for all.

The northeast side of Harris County, historically underserved in terms of healthcare facilities, stands to benefit greatly from the new hospital. Dr. Porsa emphasized the project's long-term impact, stating, "The northeast side has historically been underserved in terms of healthcare facilities. By establishing this hospital here, we are laying down a foundation that will support the community for generations to come." The strategic location of the new trauma center and health centers will help bridge the healthcare gap and ensure more equitable access to medical services.

Thegroundbreaking ceremonyfor the new Level I trauma center took place on May 10, 2024, marking the official commencement of the project. The state-of-the-art facility is expected to open its doors to patients in late 2028, ushering in a new era of healthcare excellence in Harris County. The $2.9 billion investment by the Harris Health System underscores its commitment to meeting the evolving healthcare needs of the growing community and ensuring a healthier future for all residents.