You wouldn’t call it an urgent care, because it’s much more than that. But you wouldn’t call it a hospital either, because there are no patient beds or surgical suites.
On Oct. 2, Memorial Hermann will open a relatively new medical concept just south of the Heights, on Studemont just off I-10, called a Convenient Care Center. It’s the fifth of these locations around the Greater Houston market, and it’s designed to give specific communities like the Heights an easier way to get care that, otherwise, might require a trip to a full-scale hospital.
Start with the Emergency Room, which comes equipped with 10 treatment rooms and a trauma suite for the worst of injuries.
“The ER is full service,” said Teal Holden, vice president of operations-ambulatory care, for Memorial Hermann. “We can handle any type of trauma, which includes our imaging center.”
According to Holden, doctors from Memorial Hermann Greater Heights will handle rotations in the emergency room at the CCC.
“Instead of driving to one of our hospitals, patients will be able to go there and see the same physicians,” she said.
While the emergency room may be the most obvious benefit to the CCC (Memorial Hermann’s same concept in Summer Creek sees between 70-100 ER patients a day and the Pearland location sees another 60-90 patients a day), there are other benefits to having a medical center that fits an area without large-scale medical locations.
The 43,000 square-foot building, which cost an estimated $14 million to build and will employ 90-100 new employees, also includes a complete imaging center, with MRIs, X-Rays, CT scans and ultrasounds available. And whether you’re a patient at the facility, or want to book imaging based on another doctor’s orders, the facility is available just like any other outpatient imaging center.
“We developed a growth strategy several years ago… and we looked at areas with growing markets,” Holden said. “We wanted to create additional access points where we could deliver outpatient needs.”
That doesn’t just include ER and imaging, either. The CCC includes a Primary Care physician’s office, which will take the place of Memorial Hermann’s family medicine location on 19th Street in the Heights.
The location includes a diagnostic laboratory and an outpatient sports medicine and rehab facility.
“We want this to become a medical home for people in this community,” Holden said.
Before opening for patient care on Oct. 2, the Convenient Care Center will host an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 6-8 p.m. During that event, there will be opportunities to meet physicians, enjoy food and drinks, take tours, get free health screenings and take pictures with Clutch, the Rockets’ mascot.