Texas Health H-E-B breaks ground on cancer center

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital H-E-B broke ground Friday on a freestanding cancer center, which is expected to open by next fall.

Partnering in the $6 million, 38,000-square-foot facility are Texas Oncology, a cancer physicians group, and Cambridge Holdings, a real estate developer. The facility, to be named Texas Health HEB Cancer Center, will be at the northeast corner of Hospital Parkway and Tibbets Drive, south of the main hospital.

The hospital’s current Edwards Cancer Center opened in 1990 within the hospital, said Deborah Paganelli, president of Texas Health H-E-B. That facility was built with heavy shielding to accommodate the linear accelerators that deliver radiation treatments, which will slow its conversion to other uses, she said.

All cancer care at the Edwards center will move to the new facility, as will services delivered at a Texas Oncology office in a separate building on the hospital campus. Thirteen Texas Oncology physicians will work out of the new center.

Texas Health H-E-B, which opened in 1973, has 276 beds, Paganelli said.