Thirty years ago, it was a pink and turquoise shopping mall-to-be. While today’s urban planners see many possibilities for large malls, three decades ago changing Deauville Mall into a hospital was a radical and some said, just plain weird, idea.
But those detractors are silent today as what opened as Kingwood Medical Center back in 1991 is today a 420-bed, bustling center of activity with additions, new programs and is even home to 100 resident physicians.
To celebrate the milestone, a luncheon was held May 4 for administrators, board members, community leaders and staff.
John Corbeil, CEO, thanked those attending and remarked he was looking forward to “the next 30 years.” He spoke of the advanced medical services located at the hospital, addressing a common perception that serious medical attention can only be found downtown at the Texas Medical Center.
“Our goals and objectives are to be the reason why our community does not have to go downtown. Our area continues to grow and our outcomes here are extraordinary,” he said.
COO Joel North echoed those thoughts.
“We are in growth mode in north Houston. We are working every day to provide excellence. Additionally, we have more than 100 residents training here and we are definitely looking forward to the next 30 years.”
Kaaren Cambio, district director for U.S. Congressman Dan Crenshaw, and Dustin Hodges, north sector manager for Houston City Councilmember Dave Martin, both presented proclamations to Corbeil recognizing the achievement.
Glass paperweights and a bound book of photos and history of the hospital were given to those present. A large cake, replicating the hospital, was presented to everyone.
HCA Houston Healthcare-Kingwood has invested millions in the campus to expand the facility by adding a 4th and 5th floor to the existing South Tower. That expansion came less than three years after the most recent investment of $85 million. The expansion of the South Tower added one floor with 22 intensive care unit beds and 16 intermediate care unit beds and an additional shelled floor. Shell space will enable the 411-bed facility to accommodate future growth. Corbeil said the hospital will be 450 beds by the end of 2021.
HCA Houston Healthcare-Kingwood has provided the community with high quality, cost-effective health care for more 30 years. Conveniently located at the intersection of Highway 59 and Kingwood Drive, Kingwood Medical Center (KMC) is the premier health care provider for the Northeast Houston area, including North Harris, East Montgomery and Liberty counties. At KMC, they believe in “Patients First” and their commitment to providing patients with quality health care close to home has never been stronger. HCA Houston Healthcare-Kingwood has more than 450 physicians, 1,500-plus health care professionals and is home to award-winning programs that improve the care and quality of life for patients and families.