St. Luke's Episcopal Health System plans Houston medical campus

HOUSTON, TX, January 25 -- Kickerillo and Mischer's V&W Partners, Ltd. is pleased to announce that St. Luke's Episcopal Health System will open facilities in The Vintage, a 630-acre master planned mixed-use development located at Hwy. 249 and Louetta adjacent to the Hewlett-Packard campus which has 8,000 employees.

St. Luke's and Kelsey-Seybold, a St. Luke's affiliate, together have purchased a total of 40 acres for a state-of-the-art medical campus. In the next couple of months, St. Luke's will open a freestanding community emergency center at The Vintage and Kelsey-Seybold will open its new medical office building. Some of the physician tenants for Kelsey-Seybold will be relocating from a hospital campus in Willowbrook.

St. Luke's plans to develop a new community hospital for its campus at The Vintage, targeted to open 2010 to 2011. The St. Luke's hospital could initially open with anywhere between 70 to 100 beds. Kelsey-Seybold's 60,000-square-foot building, which they have billed as their "Medical Office of the Future," will offer services such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computerized Tomography (CT), digital X-ray and mammography services, laboratory and pharmacy. In addition, the freestanding community emergency center, occupying 12,000 square feet, will offer service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The land is adjacent to a 20-acre lake which wraps the site and joins the Kickerillo-Mischer Nature Preserve.

"We are excited to have St. Luke's and Kelsey-Seybold, who make up one of the world's most respected health care systems, at The Vintage," said Vincent Kickerillo, CEO of Kickerillo Company. "Area residents will soon have convenient access to world-class medical expertise and compassionate care for which the St. Luke's Episcopal Health System is known."

David Koontz, Senior Vice President at St. Luke's Episcopal Health System, said, "The Vintage will serve as another premium location among the four Houston communities selected by St. Luke's as it advances its suburban expansion strategy. St. Luke's is in the process of doubling its capacity in The Woodlands, is preparing to develop a community hospital in Katy, has a community hospital under construction in Sugar Land and will soon break ground for a hospital near Clear Lake. We look forward to collaborating with the local physician community in designing and building a hospital to serve the growing community needs in northwest Houston. The Vintage promises to provide the type of healing environment we strive to achieve when developing these new facilities."

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