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From left Boutros Kahla MD, Rotarian Francis Tongol and Stephano Tsaganis explain the benefits of the Da Vinci Xi fourth generation technology for Robotic Surgery

Houston Methodist Baytown will continue expansion efforts with the development of an eight-story parking garage and medical tower. 

Dr. Shawn Tittle, chief medical officer and thoracic surgeon, shared the hospital’s plans with Baytown Rotarians Wednesday afternoon, which will meet the needs of a growing community.  

“It’s part of a concept of investing where we live,” Tittle said.   

Since 2017, Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital has been in the midst of a $100 million expansion that has already procured an 85,000-square-foot outpatient facility, a renovated cancer center and a state-of-the-art 20-bed observation unit. 

Furthermore, the hospital is expanding its emergency department four times its original size, which is expected to be completed in December. 

The hospital also has plans for an eight-story parking garage at the corner of Garth and Baker that will add 1,000 parking spaces. Next to the garage will be a five-story medical tower that will add 160 beds. 

Tittle said four of the floors of the medical tower would house patient rooms while an entire floor would be dedicated to women’s health and services. 

The hospital hopes to break ground on the parking garage in November and soon after that break ground on the new tower. 

“To be able to come here and have the doctors and medical professionals, subsequently avoiding the hassle of having to go to downtown (Houston), is going to be a time saver for everyone in the greater Baytown area,” Rotarian Terry Sain said. “And all the advancements that are being made to this facility are just great for the residents of this community.”   

In addition to growing campus, Houston Methodist Baytown has also invested $5 million in less invasive, robotic surgical services — a program that has grown significantly since 2010. 

The robotics program was first offered for gynecologic and urologic procedures, but the hospital diversified and now offers general surgery, bariatric surgery and thoracic surgery as well.    

According to Houston Methodist Baytown statistics, the hospital conducted 18 robotic procedures in 2015, 25 cases in 2016, 164 in 2017 and 281 in 2018. 

This year alone, Tittle said they expect about 450 cases. 

And the increase translates into safer and more precise surgeries, as robotics enables surgeons to operate with enhanced precision, vision and control, providing patients with expanded surgical options, faster recovery time, fewer complications, less blood loss, less pain, less scarring and shorter hospital stay. 

“Why wouldn’t we have the greatest, why wouldn’t we have the most advanced, why wouldn’t we have the best technology when we’re one of the fastest-growing cities in the greater Houston area,” Tittle said. 

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