Workers have poured the final foundation of the new MD Anderson building in League City, and soon the cancer treatment center’s emerging walls will be visible from Interstate 45.
“They go up in the next few weeks,” Kent Postma, director of hospitals and clinics, said.
Despite financial difficulty that led to MD Anderson announcing more than 800 layoffs Jan. 5, the League City construction is on schedule and not affected, Postma said.
The first patient is expected to walk into a completed 135,000-square-foot outpatient center at 2240 Interstate 45 in June 2018, Postma said.
Employees could move into offices by spring 2018, then workers will install state-of the-art equipment. The center will cost about $112 million, with $88 million for construction of the building and $24 million for equipment.
The building under construction is adjacent to the League City campus of University of Texas Medical Branch, previously referred to as the Victory Lakes campus. The campus name change happened last summer when University of Texas Medical Branch opened its hospital there in June.
The MD Anderson center represents the first such collaboration between the medical branch and MD Anderson, both of which are part of the University of Texas system.
MD Anderson will be an outpatient clinic offering radiation and surgical oncology; infusion therapy; pain management; nutrition; and other support services. Patients who need internal medicine physicians or experience complications during treatment can stay in the hospital.
“Some patients will need hospitalization,” Postma said.
To meet the expected need, the medical branch is expanding the hospital from 37 beds to 60 beds, said Mike Shriner, vice president of business operations and facilities for the institution.
Also, the medical branch will expand its utility plant and parking lot on the League City campus. The master plan includes building a parking garage at the campus in the next few years, Shriner said.
The new MD Anderson center will replace a clinic in leased space on the campus of Methodist St. John Hospital in Nassau Bay.
Postma said he expected MD Anderson in League City to treat 200 patients a day.
“We anticipate it will be more than that as we add and continue to grow,” he said.