“The Lehigh Valley has experienced a renaissance in the last quarter century,” said Don Cunningham, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. “The region remains in steady evolution as factories, quarries, and mills that led the 20th century economy have given way to new companies in emerging new sectors like life sciences.”
Tomball, TX: Building Infrastructure, Workforce For Better Healthcare
Quality healthcare has long been a priority for Tomball, Texas. The first hospital was founded in 1948, and City Council established Tomball Hospital Authority (Authority) in 1973 to bring a modern hospital to the Tomball area. The Authority achieved its goals of modern, quality healthcare services for Tomball residents.
The Authority developed Tomball’s hospital and medical complex, which it sold to award-winning HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball. Today, HCA Tomball’s 350-bed hospital sits on a 150-acre campus in the heart of Tomball. HCA Tomball features specialty centers, such as an Orthopedics Center, Women’s Center, Heart and Vascular Center, and Texas Sports Medicine Center, as well as an Emergency Room with Level III Trauma capabilities.
HCA Tomball creates more than 1,000 direct jobs and more indirect jobs associated with the medical complex and medical facilities throughout Tomball. Of nearly 14,000 employees in Tomball, more than 10% are directly employed in healthcare.
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital’s 358-bed facility is located on Tomball Parkway, just outside Tomball’s border, and serves Tomball residents. Houston Methodist Willowbrook employs more than 2,100 people, has an estimated 1,000 affiliated doctors and admits some 18,000 patients annually.
“As Tomball’s business and residential populations have grown, we have seen increases in healthcare providers and jobs for Tomball,” said Kelly Violette, Executive Director of Tomball Economic Development Corporation (TEDC). “Economic developers understand that retail follows ‘rooftops.’ The same can be true for healthcare.”