By Beth O’Brien, reporting for Bluebonnet News of Montgomery County
In 2018, the Gulf Coast Division of HCA Houston Healthcare, with Kingwood Hospital being a part of that, embarked on developing brand new residency training programs for young doctors in various specialties.
HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood was one of the hospitals that started two programs in July of this year.
One program was started in general surgery for surgical residents and the other one was started in internal medicine. With that came some infrastructure development at the hospital, that included the brand new space that an open house was held for at the end of September.
Dr. Jose Perez Jr., vice president of HCA Houston Healthcare, said the cost of the new facility is around $2 million.
“The hospital is invested in this because it’s an excellent project. We started the program here with 24 residents on site, and that will grow, roughly at the end of three years, to about 100 residents or more,” said Perez. “Actually we are starting two new programs next year, but we will have about 120 residents here within two more years.”
The new Graduate Medical Education Facility is about 5,000 square feet right now. HCA Kingwood is doing this in conjunction and affiliation with the University of Houston’s new medical school.
“In a couple of years we will have medical students. Right now we have residents,” said Perez. “Residents are doctors who have graduated and are doing their specialty training, but in a couple of years we’ll have medical students here as well.”
The new facility includes not only offices for leadership and faculty, but also desk space, classrooms and a lounge for the residents.