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Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital holds groundbreaking for new patient tower

March 30, 2021

Following several months of site preparation, Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for its new five-story patient tower.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by hospital board of trustees members, community leaders and hospital leadership. 

The facility is scheduled to open in spring 2023 and will expand the hospital by 75 beds, including medical/surgical, intensive care unit and women’s services beds.

“This new, state-of-the-art facility will further expand Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital’s ability to serve our community and meet the growing demands of Baytown, east Harris, Liberty and Chambers counties,” said CEO David Bernard. “Houston Methodist Baytown has served our community since 1948 and we are excited to enhance our services and open our new facility on our 75th anniversary.”

Along with the additional bed capacity, the facility will include a new pharmacy, kitchen and dialysis unit, as well as other needed infrastructure. 

The building’s projected 2023 completion date coincides with the 75th anniversary of the April 29, 1948 founding of Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital.

“For over seven decades now, the residents of our community have trusted the excellent doctors and nurses of Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital,” said Gilbert Santana, Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital board chairman. “This new patient tower continues the hospital’s commitment to providing the finest medical care and services.” 

The new tower is part of a $250 million facilities master plan begun in 2017 that includes the new and expanded emergency department, outpatient center, Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Baytown facility, new parking garage, central utility plant and numerous infrastructure enhancements.

“Houston Methodist Baytown always grows with the needs of our community, and these new facilities allow us to expand our services and continue providing unparalleled safety, quality, service and innovation to our community,” Bernard said. “The additional beds and cutting-edge technologies the new tower provides gives area residents access to world class health care and services close to home and we look forward to opening soon.”

Since its opening in 1948, Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital has provided excellence in patient care with expertise in specialties such as emergency services, stroke care, cancer, heart and vascular, orthopedics and sports medicine, imaging, and a comprehensive network of virtual care, specialists, primary care physicians and much more. Its commitment to serving Baytown and the surrounding communities continues during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the hospital providing advanced care for COVID-19 patients and delivering thousands of vaccines in its role as a vaccine hub.