The West Houston Medical Center in the US state of Texas has announced a $70m expansion project with a major focus on women’s, cardiovascular, surgical and critical care services.

The project includes 95,000ft² of new construction and 33,000ft² of renovations, Houston Business Journal reports.

A three-storey building featuring cardiac services, including two cardiac cath labs, one bi-plane electrophysiology lab and five diagnostic procedure rooms will be built.

The hospital plans to spend about $30m on expanding women’s services by establishing a new department, the magazine reports.

The department will house labour and delivery rooms, post-partum rooms, a newborn nursery and a level II neonatal intensive care unit.

Construction is scheduled to begin before the end of 2009 and renovations are expected to be complete in January 2012.