Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new, six-story patient tower and second professional building to meet the growing popultion in and around Katy.

Work is expected to begin first on the $15 million professional building, followed by construction of the $70 million tower in early 2014, according to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital CEO Scott Barbe. The new facilities are expected to open in the summer of 2015.

When work on the tower is completed, it will add four operating rooms, expand space in the labor and delivery unit and increase beds in the emergency center and intensive care unit. All told, the new tower will increase total bed count from 144 to almost 200.

In addition to creating more hospital beds and space, the new expansion will bring in more services and advanced procedures for patients, including 3-D mammograms and a minimally invasive surgical system.

The 100,000-square-foot medical building will be constructed adjacent to the current medical building and will house physician offices and space forĀ  expanded sports medicine and outpatient imaging services.

Barbe said the project will give the hospital more flexibility and space to accommodate physicians and make it more convenient to schedule procedures for patients.

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital was established in the early 1980s and Memorial Hermann took over ownership in 199. A new, 144-bed facllity opened in 2006, and it wasn't longĀ  before officials and staff realized that expansion at the new hospital would be needed sooner than later.