The walls are painted, the carpet and tile have been laid, and furniture and equipment are being arranged inside the outpatient building of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands.
Texas Children’s will open its doors to the facility this fall, marking a major milestone in the development of pediatric care offered to patients and families in The Woodlands and surrounding areas.
“We are putting the finishing touches on everything as we speak,” said James Yancey, manager of facility planning and development in The Woodlands. “I think everyone is going to be very pleased with the final product.”
Designed with a “spirit of the woods” theme to incorporate the lush, woodsy landscape that surrounds it, the six-floor building will house more than 20 areas of specialized care, including allergy and immunology, gastroenterology and nutrition, and sports medicine.
A dedicated medical staff will work in conjunction with the Texas Children’s system to provide top-notch medical care to the fast-growing population of The Woodlands, Kingwood, Conroe, Spring, Magnolia, Humble, Huntsville and beyond.
“We have recruited some of the best specialists pediatric medicine has to offer,” said Julie Barrett, director of Outpatient and Clinical Support Services in The Woodlands. “We are extremely proud of what this outpatient facility and its services will bring to the community.”
Located next to Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands – which is set to open in the spring of 2017 – the outpatient building offers a fresh, new kid-friendly environment to families seeking the best pediatric care for their children.
A state-of-the art sports therapy gym is on the first floor, check-in and check-out stations resembling a child’s club house are at the entrance of each clinic, and spacious exam rooms and provider work stations line many of the building’s halls.
Inside those spaces is furniture and equipment built with children and families in mind. In all of the exam rooms, the desk area where providers stand and enter their notes into a desktop computer is constructed in such a way that a provider’s back never faces the patient and their family. In most waiting areas, the chairs and couches are covered in a fabric that contains hidden treasures, such as drawings of maps, bears, guitars and binoculars. And, throughout the building’s main corridors are large windows that let in plenty of natural light and offer good views of the lush scenery outside.
“FKP Architects and Tellespen Builders have done a phenomenal job on this project,” said Dr. Charles Hankins, chief medical officer of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. “All of us are looking forward to carrying out our goal of building on a decade’s worth of relationships Texas Children’s has built in The Woodlands community through our primary and sub-specialty care at Texas Children’s Pediatrics locations and the Texas Children’s Health Center The Woodlands.”