Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division will open a new freestanding emergency room in Houston July 17, according to the Houston Business Journal.
The new ER will help fill the medical gap left by the closure of HCA’s East Houston Regional Medical Center. The hospital closed Nov. 9 after suffering extensive water damage during Hurricane Harvey.
“The Gulf Coast Division is committed to providing emergency services in the east Houston area and has been for more than 40 years,” HCA Gulf Coast Division President Troy Villarreal said in a press release. “Unfortunately, Hurricane Harvey destroyed East Houston Regional Medical Center, leaving many people in the area without a nearby, easily accessible place to seek medical attention in case of an emergency.”
Demolition of East Houston Regional Medical Center is scheduled for late July. HCA is still considering several options for the property’s future, according to the Houston Business Journal.