Galveston County Daily News reporter Laura Elder recently spoke with Health System CEO Donna Sollenberger, and published an article Sept. 1 based on the interview and recent news from the UT System Board or Regents. An excerpt from the article is below; click link that follows for full story:
LEAGUE CITY — Bolstered by its success in the north county, the University of Texas Medical Branch plans an $82 million expansion of its Victory Lakes facilities that would include an emergency department and beds to accommodate patients requiring overnight stays.
On Aug. 22, the UT System Board of Regents agreed to include the proposed Victory Lakes expansion in its 2013-18 capital improvement program. Plans are preliminary, and there still are details to work out, medical branch officials said. As early as the next quarterly meeting in November, regents could approve design development plans for a project that would strongly position the medical branch to compete against a proliferating number of urgent and emergency care facilities on the mainland and other medical facilities in the Clear Lake area.
Contrary to rumors, the 142,000-square-foot expansion is not for a new hospital in League City, medical branch officials said. However, medical branch officials are seeking support space that would allow for procedures and surgeries requiring up to an average 72-hour patient stay. Among other benefits, the expansion would “ensure the viability of orthopedic, general surgery, cardiology and women’s services programs,” medical branch officials said.
The $61 million Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, which opened in May 2010, offers state-of-the-art imaging services, outpatient surgery, a breast health center, a full-service laboratory and other specialty services. As it stands, the specialty center is set up to accommodate four-hour procedure recoveries. Expansion plans call for adding 39 inpatient beds, 17 emergency/urgent care beds, additional operating rooms, endoscopy rooms and 25,000 square feet of shell space for future development.
[read full article in GCDN]