Houston Methodist Clear Lake hosts National Cancer Survivors Day event

May 15th, 2019

Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital is hosting a Celebration of Life for cancer survivors on Friday, May 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the West Building Conference Room at 2035 Space Park Drive.

The National Cancer Survivors Day event will include several guest speakers – including local survivors, physicians from Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Clear Lake and other caregivers – with a focus on living with a history of cancer. Lunch will be served.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate life and living and the remarkable courage that survivors demonstrate that inspires us all,” said Jitesh Joshi, M.D., a board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist with the Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Clear Lake. “We invite everyone who has fought and defeated cancer to join us as we recognize and honor their journey.”

The number of cancer survivors continues to grow in the U.S., thanks to early detection and improved treatment options. According to the National Cancer Institute, there are approximately 16.9 million cancer survivors in the U.S. today – a number that could reach 22 million over the next decade.

“Thanks to advances in medical care, we are seeing dramatic improvements in survivorship across a range of cancers,” said Dr. Twisha Verma, a board-certified radiation oncologist with Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Clear Lake. “Helping survivors heal emotionally is a major component of care today. An event like our National Cancer Survivors Day celebration brings together individuals who share a unique experience, which can foster hope and encouragement. It’s a special gathering.”

Houston Methodist Clear Lake plans new medical office building

May 2nd, 2019

Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital will begin construction soon on a six-story,
150,000-square-foot medical office building on land adjacent to its campus on NASA
Pkwy. – the first phase in a multi-year expansion plan.

Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital will begin construction soon on a six- story, 150,000-square-foot medical office building on land adjacent to its campus – the first phase in a multi-year expansion plan.

The $40 million medical office building will be home to Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Clear Lake as well as the hospital’s physical therapy facilities. The building’s upper floors will contain office and clinic space for physicians from a broad range of specialties.

“This is a significant milestone in our long-range expansion plans as we continue to grow to serve the Bay Area and surrounding communities,” said Houston Methodist Clear Lake CEO Dan Newman. “Over the next five years, we plan to add 30 to 40 new physicians to our hospital campus – across multiple specialties – and the new medical office building gives us the physical footprint we need to accommodate that growth.”

The building will be constructed on land that previously was part of the Nassau Bay Shopping Village in the 1800 block of Upper Bay Road. The hospital purchased that center in 2015. Construction is expected to begin in August and the building will open in 2021.

“This is the first major facility expansion we are undertaking since the hospital became part of the Houston Methodist system in 2014,” Newman said. “The strategic acquisition of the shopping center land in 2015 makes it possible for us to add facilities, bring in new physicians and expand our service offerings – today and in the future.”

As part of its phase one effort, the hospital also plans to demolish the existing Fuddruckers restaurant on NASA Parkway in Nassau Bay to make way for construction of a new, more visible entrance that will improve access. That project will also include enhanced signage to make it easier for patients and visitors to navigate the growing campus.

“We are already making plans for a second phase of construction that will include an expansion of the hospital itself,” said Newman. “It’s an exciting time for Houston Methodist Clear Lake.”