When Katy Hospital first opened in 1981 on Pin Oak Road, it had 100 beds, four operating rooms and two delivery rooms. Over the years, that small hospital grew as the community did, eventually relocating and expanding into what is now known as Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. This month, the hospital celebrated 35 years of service in the Katy community.
“We are proud to have invested more than three decades into advancing the health of the citizens of Katy. In a sense, we have grown up alongside the city, expanding our services and specialties to keep up with the growing community demands,” says Jim Parisi, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.
Memorial Hermann Katy is a 208-bed facility featuring a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. The hospital also serves as a Memorial Hermann Life Flight® base for the west Houston metro area. Current construction is under way to expand emergency services and provide more space for surgical and specialty care.
Physicians who’ve been with the hospital since it first opened say all the growth has been for the best.
“We are providing a higher level of care than ever before. When Memorial Hermann purchased the hospital in 1999, you could tell they were committed to the community,” says Dudley Koy, M.D.
Internal medicine physician, Vish Kalapatapu M.D., grew up in Katy and served as a past Chief of Staff at Memorial Hermann Katy. He’s being inducted into the James E. Taylor High School Alumni Hall of Fame this Friday at Rhodes Stadium. Dr. Kalapatapu recognizes the importance of the hospital’s many quality and safety achievements. “As someone who grew up in this community, I’m proud to practice at Memorial Hermann Katy, with its record of high-quality and safety. It’s exciting to see how it continues to improve and expand the services it offers Katy families. ”
Memorial Hermann Katy employees say their commitment to the community is the driving force behind all of their decisions.
“People in Katy are fiercely loyal to their city, and so are we. I am excited about the future of Memorial Hermann Katy and our ability to provide high-quality healthcare in an easily accessible environment,” said John Kueven, Vice President of Operations, Memorial Hermann Katy.
It’s a sentiment that’s echoed by long-time employee Barbara Oswald, R.N. Oswald began working at the hospital in 1982. She says she sees a bright future for Katy.
“I feel proud of the change and growth I’ve seen in Katy. I hope that as the hospital grows, we can continue to make an even bigger impact in people’s lives, “ says Oswald. “We’ve achieved so much over the years, and I am confident that Memorial Hermann Katy is in good hands as we move into the future.”
To learn more about Memorial Hermann Katy and all of its services, visit http://www.memorialhermann.org/locations/katy/.