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Emerus, Memorial Hermann partner on micro hospitals to expand network, access to care

Two Emerus facilities will be rebranded as Memorial Hermann; possibility exists for two systems to open new micros, Emerus says.

Beth Jones Sanborn, Managing Editor

Emerus Community Hospital-Tomball. Photo via <a href="http://www.emerus.com/tomball/"> Emerus </a>Emerus Community Hospital-Tomball. Photo via Emerus

Micro hospital juggernaut Emerus and Memorial Hermann Health System have announced a new joint venture partnership through which the the Emerus facilities in Tomball and Sugar Land will operate under the Memorial Hermann name, Emerus announced.

The partnership also creates the potential to open more facilities throughout the Greater Houston area. The transaction is expected to close in the summer of 2017.

Emerus opened its first micro-hospital in Tomball 11 years ago, followed by the Sugar Land facility. Until now, the two Houston locations were the only Emerus facilities not affiliated with a major health system. Now, the Emerus Community Hospital in Tomball will be renamed Memorial Hermann Tomball Hospital, and the Emerus 24HR Emergency Hospital in Sugar Land will be renamed Memorial Hermann First Colony Hospital.

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The addition of the two hospitals will bring Memorial Hermann's emergency care network to 19 locations, including acute care facilities, convenient care centers and a free-standing emergency room.

Once integrated in the Memorial Hermann system, which currently employs roughly 25,000 people, the hospitals will feature access to the broader Memorial Hermann network, inpatient bed capacity that allows patients to stay closer to home, primary care physicians, diagnostic imaging and laboratory services on site; and access to care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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"By partnering with such a trusted health system, our patients know they will receive premier medical care from affiliated doctors and staff who are all held to Memorial Hermann's high standards," said Craig Goguen, CEO of Emerus. "

"We're excited to join Emerus in this new care delivery venture that will help us continue to improve our community's access to that care by offering convenient locations throughout the city that are easy to get to, no matter where you live," David Bradshaw, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Memorial Hermann commented.

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