US-based Memorial Hermann has broken ground on the $650m renovation and expansion project of the Texas Medical Centre (TMC) Campus.

The expansion and renovation project was approved by the Memorial Hermann Health System board in March 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2019.

Memorial Hermann regional president Craig Cordola said: "For nearly a century, our staff and affiliated physicians have set new standards of care in Texas and the nation through advances in medicine and surgery.

"The expansion and renovation project was approved by the Memorial Hermann Health System board in March 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2019."

"This project will add to our legacy by supporting our ongoing drive to be a leader in the industry, while delivering the highest-quality and safest healthcare to our community for many decades to come."

Expansion will include the construction of a 15-storey patient care tower, featuring 160 additional beds, 24 operating rooms, 16 additional emergency room bays, 750 new parking spaces and a 335-seat cafe.

The facility will comprise Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute and Memorial Hermann Life Flight, including the John S Dunn Helistop and dispatch centre, as well as John S Dunn Burn Centre, said to be the only one verified by American Burn Association.

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There are plans to add 20 beds to the burn centre. In addition, the project will include the construction of seven shelled floors and six shelled operating rooms with the potential to add 264 beds in the future.

Part of the Memorial Hermann Health System, Memorial Hermann TMC provides critical care services for adults and children.

Memorial Hermann operates 13 hospitals, including four in the TMC, eight suburban hospitals and a rehabilitation hospital in Katy.

It also operates three heart and vascular institutes, joint replacement and cancer centres, imaging and surgery centres, as well as outpatient laboratories.