Texas Children's plans $1.5B expansion

Houston's Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) has announced plans for a $1.5 billion expansion, including plans for a $220 million, 96-bed suburban hospital, a $215 million neurological research institute and a $575 million maternity center. This is taking place despite the fact that the dust is still settling on TCH's last expansion, a $345 million effort which closed in 2004. The expansion, which should be completed by 2010, involves the largest short-term investment by a children's hospital anywhere in the world, according to the hospital. Over the course of the project, TCH expects to hire as many as 3,000 employees, boosting its total to between 9,000 and 10,000 staffers.

TCH, a 737-bed facility with more than 2.2 million patient encounters per year, is affiliated with the Baylor College of Medicine, and serves as its primary pediatrics teaching site. It's part of the Texas Children's Hospital Integrated Delivery System, which includes a related pediatrics practice, health plan and several neighborhood health centers.

To get more background on TCH's plans:
- read this article in the Houston Business Journal
- see TCH's press release

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