New Emergency Center

Emergency rooms in areas north of Houston are strained by the growing population. So Memorial Hermann and the Tomball Regional Medical Center will open a freestanding ER. Houston Public Radio's Laurie Johnson reports.

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The joint ER will serve residents of The Woodlands and Tomball. It's an area that's expected to grow
by 20 percent over the next five years. Steve Sanders is CEO of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands.
He says both hospitals wanted to expand emergency services.

"We decided that why should we compete with one another and why don't we come together and provide a much-needed service to our respective communities. Both our service areas overlap. The location of this emergency center is exactly ten miles from the Tomball Hospital and ten miles from The Woodlands Hospital."

The center will be located on Woodlands Parkway at Hwy 2978. It'll include 8 to 10 emergency treatment rooms, a CT scanner, diagnostic x-ray and a lab.

Laurie Johnson. Houston Public Radio News.

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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...