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By Annierose Donnelly

Health care is one of the fastest growing industries in The Woodlands, one of the most noticeable expanding sectors too. New topnotch medical facilities and satellite clinics seem to keep appearing on the scene. Howard Hughes continues to build upon this growth with local medical providers, building on the original vision of community founder George Mitchell, who wanted to create a community where its residents didn’t need to leave to get world class medical care.

Those who live in The Woodlands may not realize just how extensive The Woodlands’ medical footprint is in 2024, with the 50 year anniversary of this groundbreaking master planned community approaching (the big celebration is set for October). Now, 30.9 percent of the non-retail major employers in The Woodlands area are in medical.

Here is an overview of the major medical facilities in The Woodlands:

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center

Since it first opened under a different name in 1985, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center has provided a comprehensive range of services to The Woodlands, with more than 90 fields of medical specialties available there today. These services include emergency care, primary health care, women’s health, cancer care and specialized clinics.

Memorial Hermann’s world class surgical facilities save lives in emergency situations, and the hospital has advanced diagnostic imaging technology available so you can be sure exactly what is wrong and get the right treatment plan geared around you. It is also a Level II Trauma Center.

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands brings world class medical care home
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands brings world class medical care home

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands’ credentials include Magnet status, an international distinction for nursing excellence and quality care awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. It was the first hospital in The Woodlands to achieve this status.

The welcoming campus is designed to put patients and their family’s needs first. It has a capacity of 497 beds, all in private rooms with room service and sleeper sofas for family members, and a Starbucks for refreshments. In the summer of 2022, the new South Tower — part of a $250 million expansion project — was developed to allow the hospital to meet the growth in The Woodlands and surrounding areas. 

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center is located at 9250 Pinecroft Drive. 

Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital

Houston Methodist is one of leading health care providers in the region with eight community hospitals in Greater Houston. Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital is one of the newest and most cutting edge hospitals, having opened in 2017. 

The flagship Houston Methodist hospital in the Texas Medical Center is a leading academic research hospital. The Woodlands branch offers many of the same exceptional services. This hospital in The Woodlands is the winner of several industry awards, including being deemed a ‘Breast Center of Excellence’ from the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Methodist Hospital The Woodlands is one of the hubs in a land of medical convenience.

Methodist is known for its patient-centric approach to medicine, with a foundation of faith-based principles rooted in the teachings of the United Methodist Church. Houston Methodist The Woodlands’ areas of expertise include breast care, cancer care, heart and vascular services, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. 

Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital is located at 17201 Interstate 45 South.

St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital 

St. Luke’s Health –The Woodlands Hospital is an extension of the St. Luke’s Health System. Built in 2003, it provides a calm and healing environment for its patients. 

This 62-acre campus offers a full range of health care, including an exemplary Family Birth Center, where patients can receive care from top experts in Women’s Health. It is all about creating a comfortable and safe atmosphere for new mothers, with breastfeeding support and a newborn nursery. 

Winner of The Texas Department of State Health Services’ Five Star Hospital Award, St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital also boasts a heart and vascular institute, an emergency room and a neuroscience institute, as well as excellent facilities for sports medicine, pediatrics and many other fields of expertise.  

St. Luke’s Health–The Woodlands Hospital is linked closely with Texas Medical Center institutes too, bringing next level health care to The Woodlands. 

St. Luke’s Health–The Woodlands Hospital is located at 17200 St. Luke’s Way. 

St. Luke’s Health – Lakeside Hospital 

Adjacent to the St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital, is St. Luke’s Health – Lakeside Hospital. Since 2009, the hospital has brought expertise in the fields of cardiology, sports medicine, orthopedic medicine, spine care and diagnostic medicine. 

Among its accolades is winning a TMF Hospital Quality Improvement Gold Award from the TMF Health Quality Institute.

A collaboration between St. Luke’s Health and a team of specialists, St. Luke’s Health – Lakeside Hospital is the only hospital in Montgomery County to offer sports medicine as a major specialty. It is affiliated with the Texas Heart Institute and Baylor College of Medicine, and all its physician partners are board certified in their medical specialty.

St. Luke’s Health– Lakeside Hospital is located at 17400 St. Luke’s Way. 

Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands

In a community growing as quickly as The Woodlands, the need for pediatric services continues to increase. Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands offers inpatient and outpatient care, as well as specialized clinics and facilities for children.

The top-tier facilities at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, which opened in 2017, include an emergency room and child-friendly environments to ensure young patients and their families are as comfortable as possible during their visit.

Texas Children’s Hospital is an academic leader in the field of pediatrics, and The Woodlands location benefits from the innovation of the wider Texas Children’s Hospital network. 

The Texas Children’s Hospital is located at 17580 I-45 South.

MD Anderson The Woodlands 

For more than 80 years, MD Anderson Cancer Center has provided a comprehensive range of cancer care services across the Houston region. It is the No. 1 ranked cancer center in the United States in US News and World Report’s latest highly respected rankings. In fact, MD Anderson has ranked No. 1 in the country for cancer care in 16 of the last 19 years overall.

MD Anderson The Woodlands brings that expertise to bear, offering preventative treatments, diagnosis, screenings and treatment plans for many types of cancers. From physicians to nurses, a topnotch staff provides top level expertise in oncology and offer a supportive environment for individuals and families who have had their lives turned upside down by cancer. 

MD Anderson has had a presence in The Woodlands since 2004, opening its newest clinical facility, developed and built by Howard Hughes, in 2019. The hospital has a wellness space, coffee bar and free parking for ease and accessibility. Appointments are readily available to book online. 

MD Anderson The Woodlands is located at 100 Fellowship Drive.

The Woodlands is a medical hub of its own, with world-class medical providers offering the best in medical care.  


Many thanks to The Woodlands 50th Anniversary Sponsors:

FOUNDING – Howard Hughes

LEGACY – Woodforest National Bank

HERITAGE – Waste Connections Inc.

GOLD – Entergy Texas, Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital

SILVER – SVN/JBeard Real Estate, The John Cooper School

PRODUCER – The Woodlands Township