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Katy Resident and Transplant Patient Sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital to Compete at World Transplant Games

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2013

 KATY, TX – (July 25, 2013)  – Eighteen-year-old Jasmine Williams, a Katy, TX resident, is a liver and kidney transplant recipient who, at age 7, was diagnosed with hyperoxaluria with oxalosis type 1, a rare genetic disorder in which a liver enzyme is defective which impacts the function of a person’s kidney. Originally from Louisiana, Jasmine and her family would drive to and from Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston for appointments and treatment. At age 8, Jasmine received her much needed donor liver and kidney and was given a second chance at life.

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Texas Children’s Hospital Receives “Most Wired Innovator” Award

Katy Texas News
Posted July 10th 2013

Katy, Texas (July 10, 2013) – Texas Children’s Hospital announced today that they have received the “Most Wired Innovator” Award from Hospitals and Healthcare Networks, the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association, for the pediatric  hospital’s Rapid Communication System, a comprehensive communication system for its mobile healthcare workers.  The Most Wired Innovator Award is given annually to three hospitals that apply technology in new and innovative ways to more effectively serve their patients, staff and communities.

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The Texas Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted July 03rd 2013

Katy, Texas (July 3, 2013) – The Texas Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital hosted an all-day Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) Workshop on June 15, 2013 in Houston. Under the direction of the center’s co-director, Kenneth Moise, Jr., M.D., who is also a professor of maternal-fetal medicine at UTHealth Medical School, physicians and nurse representatives from 13 lead TTTS centers in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands gathered together to discuss the latest advances in the treatment of the disease.

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Memorial Hermann Launches Sports Medicine Mobile App

Katy Texas News
Posted June 26th 2013

Katy, TX – Memorial Herman is the first health system in Houston to launch a sports medicine mobile application (app) targeted at coaches, trainers, athletes and parents. Available to download for free on any iPhone, the new app is a guide to the most common sports-related injuries and treatments, as well as related tips and information from Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute experts.

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Students Receive Sports Medicine Scholarships

Katy Texas News
Posted June 12th 2013

Five local athletic trainers were recently awarded Sports Medicine scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  Katy High School recipients Danielle Carlin and Alyssa Carlin, Cinco Ranch High School’s Dakota Brower, Taylor High School recipient Juliana Jimenez and Seven Lakes High School’s Whitney White each received $600 in recognition of the distinguished service they provided to Katy ISD athletic programs during their high school careers. 

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Premier Personal Training Motivates Katy for Fitness

Katy Texas News
Posted April 26th 2013

Premier Personal Training is on the quest to motivate and inspire you to live a healthy and vibrant lifestyle. Their services include personal training, group training, nutrition/lifestyle coaching, boot camps, community runs, and bike rides. Their studio is in an excellent location (27110 Cinco Ranch Blvd Suite 600, Katy, Texas 77494) approximately five minutes drive from I-10 and Farm 1093.

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Katy Breast Cancer Support Group Meets Needs

Katy Texas News
Posted April 26th 2013

The University of Texas MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy sponsors the Breast Friends support group for Katy and surrounding communities and the next meeting will be Tuesday, May 14. The breast cancer support group meets at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital campus on the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. Meetings are open to all breast cancer patients or survivors, regardless of where they are receiving or received treatment.

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Local Hospital Earns National Award

Katy Texas News
Posted April 24th 2013

Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital–Katy wound care center has received the Center of Distinction Award from Healogics, Inc., a leading wound care management company.

The award recognizes the center as one of the top wound care centers in the country and is given to facilities that have outstanding patient outcomes for 12 consecutive months.

“This achievement is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our employees and affiliated physicians,” said Noelle Lopez, executive director of operations, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital–Katy. “Appreciation and acknowledgement goes to them.”

To earn consideration for this award, a center must excel in several key performance indicators, including:

  • Patient Satisfaction – Greater than or equal to 92%
  • Healing Rate – Greater than or equal to 91%
  • Median Days to Heal – Fewer than or equal to 30

“We are honored and excited to receive this award,” said Steve Barnum, program director, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital–Katy.We constantly strive for the best outcomes, and it’s gratifying when an independent organization recognizes the excellent care we provide.”

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Memorial Hermann Named One of the Nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics

Katy Texas News
Posted April 18th 2013

For the second consecutive year, Memorial Hermann was the lone Texas hospital cited for exceptional patient safety and quality performance when it was named this week as one of the nation’s top 15 health systems by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.  

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Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Run a Success

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2013

On Saturday, April 13, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus hosted more than 1,500 participates at the inaugural Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Run. In partnership with the Houston Marathon Foundation, the non-competitive Fun Run included 1K and 3K courses for families with children of all abilities – including those needing walkers and wheelchairs.

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Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women makes one year

Katy Texas News
Posted April 05th 2013

Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women marked its one year since it transitioned its labor and delivery services into the new $575-million facility on March 26, 2013. This new facility signaled the pediatric hospital’s major expansion into obstetrics and gynecological care with a special focus on high-risk pregnancies and multiple births.

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Robotic thymectomy worth the ticket for a Methodist West Houston Hospital patient

Katy Texas News
Posted February 27th 2013

A mother of four traveled to Houston from Cairo, Egypt, to undergo robotic removal of the thymus gland at Methodist West Houston Hospital on Thursday, February 7. She was released after a three-day stay and plans to return to Egypt following her final visit with her surgeon.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Miguel Gomez performed the thymectomy surgery removing Amani Kotb’s thymus gland with the assistance of two robotic arms inserted into the chest cavity through small intercostal (between the ribs) incisions.  Kotb and her husband made the decision to undergo the robotic procedure offered at Methodist West Houston with the hope of reducing her daily dependence on medication to treat myasthenia gravis (MG), a neuromuscular disorder that causes weakness and pain in the voluntary muscles.  For the past 10 years, Kotb had been medically treating her disease but as symptoms worsened, thymectomy surgery became a consideration.

“These past two years I have felt horrible, but I could not risk having my chest opened to take out this gland,” she said. “We have excellent physicians and surgeons at home, but we do not have a robot, so I came here.” (more…)

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Join Sprouts Team at Job Fair for New Katy Store

Katy Texas News
Posted January 30th 2013

Natural foods store taking employment applications Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Sprouts Farmers Market will be accepting job applications for its newest store at 23105 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in Katy, Texas, from January 31 through February 2. The new store, representing the natural foods chain’s 24th in Texas and the first of five slated to open in or near Houston, will open in late March and employ approximately 100 people in a friendly, upbeat work environment. (more…)

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BREAST FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP TO DISCUSS HEREDITY AND CANCER, FEBRUARY 12

Katy Texas News
Posted January 17th 2013

The University of Texas MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy sponsors the Breast Friends support group for Katy and surrounding communities and the next meeting will be Tuesday, February 12. Guest speaker Ashley H. Woodson, MS, CGC, Certified Genetic Counselor, Breast Medical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center will present on “Hereditary Causes of Breast Cancer” and be available for discussion and questions during the meeting.

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William B. Riley, M.D. Named Chief Medical Officer at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted December 06th 2012

William B. Riley, M.D. has been named chief medical officer (CMO) at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  In this role, Dr. Riley will serve as a member of the hospital’s administrative management team while providing leadership to the hospital’s affiliated physicians and clinical staff to ensure Memorial Hermann Katy continues its long standing reputation for high-quality care.

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Methodist West Houston Hospital Earns Five Star Service Award

Katy Texas News
Posted December 05th 2012

Methodist West Houston Hospital has been awarded the Exemplary Five Star Service Award for birth registration by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Vital Statistics Unit.  It is one of only 22 hospitals in Texas to achieve the exemplary rating.

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Methodist West Houston Hospital Free Heart Health Screenings and Seminar

Katy Texas News
Posted November 26th 2012

More than 100 Katy and West Houston community members visited Methodist West Houston Hospital in November to receive complimentary heart health screenings and learn about the latest treatments available for heart disease. Methodist West Houston’s cardiovascular specialists, Dr. Su Min Chang, Dr. Michael Mitschke, Dr. Nilesh Mathuria and Dr. Javier Lafuente, conducted a panel to discuss common heart problems and answer questions.

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MD Anderson in Katy Honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Katy Texas News
Posted November 01st 2012

The MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month by lighting Heritage Square in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch in a pink blush Friday, Oct. 12.  The Pink Lighting event is held each year to literally and publicly shine a light on breast cancer and resources available in the community to those facing the disease.

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UT Physicians Opens New Health Center in Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted October 05th 2012

UT Physicians, the medical practice of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, has opened its newest health center at 23923 Cinco Ranch Blvd. UT Physicians at Cinco Ranch offers primary and specialty care and is accepting appointments for children, adolescents, and adults.
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Memorial Hermann Katy Now Offering Breast Tomosynthesis

Katy Texas News
Posted October 05th 2012

An innovative type of mammography that improves physicians’ ability to detect smaller tumors at the earliest stages of breast cancer is now available at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Breast tomosynthesis is a 3-D imaging technology that enables radiologists to see “inside” the breast. It combines data from a series of low-dose radiation, two-dimensional (2-D) images taken during a short scan to create a single three-dimensional (3-D) image of the breast.
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Two Memorial Hermann Hospitals Earn Top Quality Recognition from The Joint Commission

Katy Texas News
Posted October 05th 2012

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital were recently named among the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.
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Katy Doctor Offers Counsel on Prostate Cancer Treatment

Katy Texas News
Posted October 01st 2012

John Papadopoulos, M.D., prostate cancer specialist and surgeon at the MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy, recently attended the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Prostate Health Conference. Dr. Papadopoulos joined a panel to share expert insight on minimizing harm from prostate cancer treatment. He also addressed common misperceptions about the disease and the effects they can have on treatment plans.
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The Methodist Hospital System Bicycling Team Raises Money, Awareness for Breast Cancer

Katy Texas News
Posted September 27th 2012

A team of 48 bicyclists from The Methodist Hospital System recently rode in the Tour de Pink at Prairie View A&M University. Tour de Pink is a charity bicycle ride solely benefitting breast cancer awareness and education and is the first event of its kind in Texas.
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Katyite Breast Cancer Survivor Crowned Top Cancer Crusher

Katy Texas News
Posted September 07th 2012

In an effort to help crush cancer, Katyite Ursula Ross was recently crowned a top cancer crusher by the Komen Houston Race for the Cure committee. She raised $2,175 between Aug. 13 and 17 and is a 14-year breast cancer survivor. Her efforts were part of a new fundraising contest by the Houston affiliate of Susan G. Komen for a Cure, which is honoring local individuals who are on a mission to crush breast cancer and assist in finding cures by raising funds. Ross was diagnosed in 1998 with stage two invasive ductal carcinoma at the age of 38. On a hunch, her doctor sent her to have a mammogram two years early and it was because of that decision that her breast cancer was detected. If she had waited till she was 40 years old for her first mammogram, Ross believes she wouldn’t be with us today.

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Memorial Hermann Accountable Care Organization to Participate in Medicare Shared Savings Program

Katy Texas News
Posted August 16th 2012

Memorial Hermann Accountable Care Organization (MHACO), an affiliate of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and its physician network, MHMD, have been selected to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program as an accountable care organization (ACO), a new program sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Berlin Heart Provides Life-Saving “Bridge” for Young Patients

Katy Texas News
Posted August 09th 2012

A tiny heart pump that maintains blood flow in babies and small children with serious heart failure proved effective and life-saving in a pioneering study involving 17 institutions led by Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM).  

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Memorial Hermann Hospital Selected for Graduate Nursing Education Demonstration

Katy Texas News
Posted August 07th 2012

Memorial Hermann was one of five hospitals around the country – and the only one in Texas – selected to participate in a $200 million project initiated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to increase the number of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) in the Texas Gulf Coast region and country.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Returns as Katy ISD’s Official Healthcare Provider

Katy Texas News
Posted July 27th 2012

Katy ISD and Katy Athletics are proud to announce the return of Memorial Hermann Katy as the official healthcare provider for the district’s athletic program. Memorial Hermann and Katy ISD originally entered into this agreement back in 2008. The agreement started out as a partnership with Memorial Hermann physicians and the district’s trainers to provide timely and cardiovascular screenings, nutrition letters, and Saturday morning athletic clinics. Katy ISD’s trainers work in tandem with Memorial Hermann’s team to constantly educate student-athletes, ensuring long-term wellness and short-term success in their athletic outings.

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Methodist West Houston Hospital Receives Texas Ten Step Program and Mother-Friendly Worksite Designations

Katy Texas News
Posted July 23rd 2012

Methodist West Houston Hospital recently earned Texas Ten Step program and mother-friendly worksite designations from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Texas Ten Step program, endorsed by the Texas Medical Association and based on the World Health Organization and UNICEF’s ten steps to successful breastfeeding, encourages breastfeeding as the preferred feeding method for newborns and infants. The program aims to assist birth facilities’ support of breastfeeding mothers before, during, and after delivery; encourages them to identify breastfeeding resources for the mother after she is discharged; and assists facilities in improving on national performance measures such as the Centers for Disease Control’s breastfeeding report card. The goal of the Texas Ten Step program is to have 82% of infants exclusively breastfeeding when discharged.
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Houston Texans Quarterback Matt Schaub Donates to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus

Katy Texas News
Posted July 19th 2012

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and his wife Laurie recently presented a $200,000 donation raised through their GR8 Hope Foundation for child life services at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, Houston’s first community hospital designed, built, and equipped exclusively for children.
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Avoid Food-Borne Bugs This Summer

Katy Texas News
Posted July 10th 2012

Winter may be cold and flu season, but summer offers an entirely new set of health challenges, including bacterial infections transmitted through contaminated food. Due to the summer heat and humidity, food-borne bacteria grow at a faster rate than normal, particularly when temperatures are between 90 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Because bacteria use moisture to multiply, food is an ideal vacation spot for bacteria. Outdoor picnickers and campers are especially susceptible to food poisoning, because of the lack of standard kitchen items – such as a thermostat, refrigerator, and sink – which usually prevent bacteria from multiplying to harmful numbers. Fortunately, most people have healthy immune systems to protect them from harmful bacteria and other organisms, but following these tips will ensure a healthier summer, according to Glenda Self, director of emergency services at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital.
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Memorial Hermann Hospital Celebrates Cancer Survivors

Katy Texas News
Posted July 06th 2012

Memorial Hermann Hospital’s recently hosted the Cancer Survivors’ Celebration of Life and Cupcake Contest. More than 275 people in attended the event, which featured classes for survivors and caregivers, a resource fair with 25 exhibits, and a program that was designed to align with the American Cancer Society’s national theme of “more birthdays.”
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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Named Among 100 Great Community Hospitals

Katy Texas News
Posted July 03rd 2012

Becker’s Hospital Review recently announced the publication of its list, “100 Great Community Hospitals,” which recognizes high-performing hospitals that have fewer than 550 beds and minimal teaching programs. Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital was the only hospital in Katy and one of only two hospitals in Texas that made the list.
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Keep Cool While Blazing Through Summer – Tips from CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted June 27th 2012

Summertime is here again and Texas temperatures are already well on the rise. While some people are staying cool relaxing by the pool or traveling to cooler areas of the country or world, those braving the high temperatures need to remember a few safety tips to help beat the heat and stay healthy. Barbara Lazor, chief nursing executive at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital offers this summer safety advice.
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Katy Students Earn Scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted June 20th 2012

Three local athletic trainers were recently awarded sports medicine scholarships from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Morton Ranch High School student Jarrell Beckett, Cinco Ranch High School studnet Catherine Long, and Katy High School student Victoria Costilla each received $1,000 in recognition of the distinguished service they provided to Katy ISD athletic programs during their high school careers. Each student has big plans for their future. Beckett will attend Prairie View A&M University, Long will start her studies at Valparaiso University in Indiana, and Costilla will attend Texas Tech University this fall. For more information on Memorial Hermann Katy, call 281-644-7000.

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Texas Heart Institute Offers Houston MRI Screening Study

Katy Texas News
Posted June 13th 2012

Too often, we hear about some young student-athlete who dies suddenly in the middle of a game or at a team practice. The Center for Coronary Artery Anomalies at the Texas Heart Institute is doing breakthrough research on the prevention of sudden cardiac death in the young. Such cases of sudden cardiac death are tied to heart conditions, which certain children are born with and which are difficult to detect.
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CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Receives Designation as Advanced Primary Stroke Center

Katy Texas News
Posted June 12th 2012

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America, and CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital is paving the way for residents in Katy and west Houston to help beat the odds. CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital is pleased to announce its recognition by the Joint Commission National Quality Approval Accreditation as an advanced primary stroke center.
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Methodist Cancer Center at West Houston Celebrates Hope During Cancer Survivors Day Event

Katy Texas News
Posted June 11th 2012

Cancer survivors in the west Houston and Katy community recently celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day on June 1, at an event hosted by the Methodist Cancer Center at West Houston. More than 40 cancer survivors and their loved ones attended to acknowledge and share their commitment to the future. Dr. Clive Shkedy, radiation oncologist and medical director of the Cancer Center, Tommy Thompson, executive vice president of CanCare, and Janet Pickens, with the American Cancer Society, offered perspectives on services and resources available during and after active cancer treatment.
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CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Receives Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award

Katy Texas News
Posted June 06th 2012

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital has received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Silver Award from TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare quality improvement organization for Texas. TMF established the awards program in partnership with the Texas Hospital Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.
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Katy Physician Offers Cutting-Edge Technology for Early Heart Disease Detection

Katy Texas News
Posted May 21st 2012

Heart disease is the number one cause of death of Americans for both men and women. With the current epidemic in both obesity and diabetes on the rise, this continues to be true. However, early detection can lead to better patient outcomes. Today’s physicians diligently strive to determine their patient’s cardiovascular risks and make suggestions involving medications and lifestyle changes. Dr. Aleksandra Lawera, board certified in internal medicine at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital, has recently added an innovative new test called EndoPat to their practice. EndoPat is available for the first time to Katy-area patients and is an easy, quick, and non-invasive way to test endothelial dysfunction that can be performed in the office.

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Mothers’ Milk Bank Teams up with Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted May 10th 2012

The demand for human donor milk in hospital neonatal intensive care units continues to rise, and a new milk bank depot in Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital will give lactating mothers a new drop-off location for their donations. The milk depot will be serviced by the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin. Women who are currently breastfeeding infants under 1 year old are eligible to be screened at no charge to become breast milk donors.
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Memorial Hermann Hospitals Named Among the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters

Katy Texas News
Posted May 04th 2012

Six Memorial Hermann hospitals recently earned the distinguished recognition of being named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. This is the fourth time Memorial Hermann Northwest, Memorial Hermann Southeast, Memorial Hermann Southwest, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands hospitals have been recognized with this honor. Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital have made the list two times. Additionally, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital have been recognized in the past.
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Gallas Plastic Surgery Celebrates New Provincial Park Surgery Center

Katy Texas News
Posted May 02nd 2012

Gallas Plastic Surgery is pleased to announce the opening of Provincial Park Surgery Center. The Provincial Park Surgery Center is located at 21300 Provincial Blvd. and is unique to Katy. The luxurious, ultra-modern, private surgery center is state licensed and fully equipped to provide a flawless and pleasant outpatient surgical experience for patient and surgeon alike. The team at Gallas Plastic Surgery invites you to call 713-554-6350 for more information. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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LifeGift Celebrates National Donate Life Month This April

Katy Texas News
Posted April 11th 2012

LifeGift, the local organ and tissue recovery agency which helps people who need transplants, is celebrating April as National Donate Life Month. The month-long celebration honors the generosity of organ, eye, and tissue donors and their families and commemorates all transplant recipients in the U.S., including Katy. Activities in April will focus on encouraging Texans to join the Donate Life Texas Registry as official organ, eye, and tissue donors. (more…)

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Learn the Facts About Colorectal Cancer and Tips for Prevention

Katy Texas News
Posted March 30th 2012

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital encourages the Katy community to learn more about the preventable disease.Van-Hien Tran, MD, FACS, and a board certified general surgeon at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital, shares tips for preventing the disease, as well as risk factors and types of screenings available to Katy patients. Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer, as well as the third leading cancer killer of both men and women in the U.S. While this cancer can affect anyone, between 35% and 40% more instances and deaths are seen in men than women. Two of the leading risk factors in the development of the cancer are increasing age and a family history of colorectal cancer. Other factors that could contribute to the likelihood of developing this cancer are lack of physical activity, obesity, alcohol and tobacco use, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Honors Physican and Employee of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted February 09th 2012

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently hosted its annual Physician and Employee of the Year Reception. Affiliated physicians and staff nominated a handful of physicians and employees for the award. The winners are as follows: 2011 Memorial Hermann Katy Employee of the Year is Molly Stanbery and 2011 Memorial Hermann Katy Physician of the Year is Buckminster Farrow, M.D. Congratulations to Stanbery and Dr. Farrow, as well as all the nominees for this prestigious award. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Memorial Hermann Healthcare System Recognized by Texas Hospital Association

Katy Texas News
Posted February 06th 2012

For its efforts to reduce the incidence of healthcare-acquired infections across its 12 hospitals, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System has been honored with the Texas Hospital Association’s 2011 Bill Aston Award for Quality in the Academic Large Teaching Hospital category. Established in 2010, the award recognizes a hospital’s measurable success in improving quality and patient outcomes through the sustained implementation of a national and/or state evidence-based patient care initiative.

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Expands with New Sports Medicine Program

Katy Texas News
Posted January 31st 2012

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus recently announced the expansion of outpatient services to include a new Sports Medicine Program dedicated to treating children for all types of sports-related injuries.

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CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Urges Women to Learn the Facts During National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Katy Texas News
Posted January 19th 2012

Cervical cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related disease and death among women worldwide. However, the number of cervical cancer cases and deaths has decreased significantly. This decline largely is the result of many women getting regular Pap tests, which can detect cervical precancerous cells before they turn into cancer. According to the American Cancer Society’s most recent statistics, about 12,710 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed and about 4,290 women will die from cervical cancer. (more…)

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Beryl Ramsey, Wayne Voss to Chair Go Red for Women Luncheon Set for Feb. 13, 2012

Katy Texas News
Posted December 12th 2011

CEO of Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, Beryl Ramsey, returns to Chair the Go Red For Women Luncheon in partnership with CEO of Methodist West Houston Hospital, Wayne Voss. Together, Ramsey and Voss will serve as Co-Chairs and lead efforts to raise awareness that heart disease remains the number one killer of women, but is often preventable with healthy lifestyle choices. (more…)

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CHRISTUS St. Catherine Offers Tips for Managing Holiday Stress

Katy Texas News
Posted December 05th 2011

It’s that time of the year again for friends and family gatherings, overcrowding in the kitchen, growing wish lists and adventurous parking at the grocery store and mall. The holidays are meant to be a joyful time when families come together to reflect on all the great things that everyone should be thankful for. However, at times, the holidays can bring out unwanted stress resulting in anxiety, frustration and mood change. (more…)

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Methodist West Houston Hospital Surgeon Performs Robotic Surgery for Rare Disorder

Katy Texas News
Posted November 28th 2011

A 40-year old mother of six traveled to Houston from Lehi, Utah to undergo robotic removal of the thymus gland at Methodist West Houston Hospital, returning home just three days later.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Miguel Gomez performed the thymectomy surgery with a surgical robot, removing Rebecca Vicchrilli’s thymus gland. Vicchrilli has myasthenia gravis (MG), a neuromuscular disorder that causes weakness and pain in the voluntary muscles.  The prevalence of MG in the U.S. is estimated to be 20 out of every 100,000 individuals. (more…)

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Texas Nurses District 9 Foundation Honors Two Outstanding Nurses From CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted November 18th 2011

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital is proud to announce that Katie Cross, MSN and Barbara Lazor, BSN, MBA were honored at the 21st annual Nursing Celebration ceremony on Thursday, November 10th as an Outstanding Nurse in 2011. The annual Nursing Celebration ceremony recognizes Houston area’s 20 Outstanding Nurses. (more…)

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Methodist West Prostate Cancer Screening Provides Vital Stats to Men in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted November 15th 2011

The Methodist Cancer Center at West Houston recently offered free prostate screenings to men in the Katy and West Houston communities. More than 120 men participated in the event. (more…)

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Third Annual “Celebrate Your Princess” Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Scheduled for October 22

Katy Texas News
Posted October 07th 2011

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital and Cross Creek Ranch invite surrounding communities to join the third annual “Celebrate Your Princess Breast Cancer Awareness Walk” benefitting the CHRISTUS St. Catherine Breast Cancer Awareness Fund. The fun-filled event at Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear will include a kids’ zone, pampering, shopping, pumpkin decorating, music and much more. (more…)

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MD Anderson in Katy Brightens LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch with Pink Lighting in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Katy Texas News
Posted September 23rd 2011

The MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month by lighting Heritage Square in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch in a soft pink blush Saturday, October 1 from 7 p.m. -10 p.m. (more…)

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Support the Girls Names CHRISTUS St. Catherine as Inaugural Beneficiary

Katy Texas News
Posted September 13th 2011

Support the Girls, a local organization dedicated to promoting a healthier community – and especially breast cancer awareness, is hosting its first luncheon on October 14. The event will feature keynote speaker Michelle Stephenson of My Pink Vision, as well as inspirational stories from breast cancer survivors, and will offer ideas about other ways attendees can support breast cancer awareness. Proceeds from the event will benefit the CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Breast Cancer Awareness Fund. (more…)

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First Radial Artery Catheterization Performed at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted August 17th 2011

When Katy resident Dean Brooks began experiencing chest discomfort on Aug. 7, he wasn’t thinking about what type of catheterization he might undergo. Like most patients, he only wanted to know he would get the best care possible. It was fortunate for him that CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital in Katy is now offering radial catheterization, a state-of-the-art procedure for diagnosing and treating arterial conditions that is typically available only in major medical centers. The catheterization, performed by cardiologist José G. Díez, MD was the first of its kind performed in the Katy area. (more…)

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Texas Announces Updates for College Students in 2011-2012 State Vaccine Requirement

Katy Texas News
Posted August 10th 2011

Communal living is one of the highlights of the college experience, but it can also be an environment that enables the spread of dangerous illnesses, such as Bacterial Meningitis. Most college-bound students have likely already received many school-required vaccinations, but may not have been immunized with the Meningococcal vaccine, which protects against bacterial meningitis. Currently, only students living on campus are required to have the Meningococcal vaccine; however, starting January 1, 2012, all college students under the age of 30 will be required to receive the vaccine. (more…)

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Katy ISD to Offer Free Immunizations

Katy Texas News
Posted August 09th 2011

Katy ISD parents can receive free immunizations for their child through an upcoming Care Van Free Immunization opportunity. The event will take place on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Katy ISD Law Enforcement Center, 20370 Franz Rd. (more…)

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Five Tips for Healthy Activities for Children

Katy Texas News
Posted August 08th 2011

The Goddard School, located in Katy, believes in the power of play for learning, as well as the importance of providing a healthy, active lifestyle for all children. In an effort to spread the word to families in their community, the educational preschool will sponsor The Goddard School Block Party event from Monday, Sept. 19 through Saturday, Sept.24. (more…)

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Memorial Hermann Katy Earns Second ACR Ultrasound Accreditation

Katy Texas News
Posted July 29th 2011

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital is the only hospital in Katy to be awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound by the American College of Radiology (ACR).  The hospital was awarded its first ACR ultrasound accreditation in 2008. (more…)

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RediClinic Recommends Early Immunizations and Physicals for Back-to-School

Katy Texas News
Posted July 12th 2011

While the start of the 2011-2012 school year is still more than a month away, now it a great time for parents to begin thinking about back-to-school preparations. Midsummer is a great time for parents to make appointments for their student(s) to get their necessary vaccinations and physical to avoid long waits as the school year approaches. (more…)

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AHA of Northwest Harris County Sets 2012 Fundraising Goal

Katy Texas News
Posted July 08th 2011

American Heart Association of Northwest Harris County is gearing up for another season of preparation and excitement as they plan for the 2012 Go Red for Women Luncheon, scheduled for February 2012. This empowering event focuses on heart disease and stroke prevention among women by promoting healthy lifestyles and raising funds to support the fight against the No.1 killer of women – heart disease. (more…)

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Texas Children’s Essentials for Summer Safety Kits

Katy Texas News
Posted June 30th 2011

Temperatures are rising and that only means one thing in Katy: summer is here! Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates (TCPA) encourages parents to be prepared for a variety of summer outings, whether it’s going on vacation or making a trip to the park. Dr. Danny Danziger, a pediatrician with TCPA – Piney Point, recommends putting together a summer safety kit and keeping it in a convenient place so it’s easy to grab when heading out the door. (more…)

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CHRISTUS St. Catherine Holds First LiveWell Women’s Conference

Katy Texas News
Posted May 20th 2011

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital brought together more than 250 women for a day of education, entertainment and enlightenment at its first LiveWell Women’s Conference on May 12, 2011. The event featured singer, author and television star Naomi Judd as keynote speaker and KPRC-TV news anchor Dominique Sachse as emcee. (more…)

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Texas Children’s Hospital Ranked Among Nation’s Best Pediatric Institutions by U.S. News & World Report

Katy Texas News
Posted May 17th 2011

Texas Children’s Hospital has once again been named as a national leader among pediatric hospitals in U.S.News & World Report’s 2011 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals. One of only 11 hospitals in the nation to achieve the Honor Roll designation, Texas Children’s is the only hospital in Texas – and the entire southern region of the U.S. – awarded this distinction. (more…)

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Komen Houston Honors Katy Pink Pledge Pals

Katy Texas News
Posted May 10th 2011

The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will honor some of its top fundraisers from the 2010 Komen Houston Race for the Cure, known as the Pink Pledge Pals, at a special reception on Wednesday, May 11, from 6 – 8 p.m. at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. (more…)

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Cancer Survivors, Patients Invited to Webcast, Panel Discussion at MD Anderson Regional Care Center – Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted April 25th 2011

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will host CancerCare’s Ninth Annual Survivorship Series: Living With, Through and Beyond Cancer. The first installment of the webcast series, Chemobrain: The Impact of Cancer Treatments on Memory, Thinking and Attention, will be held on Tuesday, May 3 from 12 – 1 p.m. (more…)

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Local Clinic Seeking Katy Residents for Allergy Study

Katy Texas News
Posted April 21st 2011

Breath of Life Research Institute, 21715 Kingsland Blvd, Ste. 100, has more than 14 years experience in conducting pharmaceutical research, specializing in asthma, allergies, COPD, diabetes and hypertension studies. (more…)

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CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital to Host LiveWell Women’s Conference May 12

Katy Texas News
Posted April 14th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted April 14, 2011

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital will host Katy and west Houston’s first LiveWell Women’s Conference on May 12. Featuring keynote speaker Naomi Judd, the day-long event will comprise workshops covering topics of special interest to women, with a strong focus on achieving a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

The LiveWell Women’s Conference will take place Thursday, May 12, 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside and will feature 16 breakout sessions led by top physicians and other community experts in their fields. The theme of the event is The Power of a Little “Me Time” – addressing the importance of giving enough attention to the person who is often the most overlooked in a busy woman’s life: herself. Workshops address such diverse topics as advanced women’s heart health, financial management, decluttering and organizing your space, treating migraines with Botox and ways to stay in shape. In addition, Platinum Sponsor MD Anderson Cancer Center is hosting a physician-led session on knowing and reducing cancer risks. (A full list with descriptions of workshops accompanies this press release.)

Judd, a multi-platinum country music artist, best-selling author, humanitarian and communicator, will deliver the keynote address – focusing on topics for which she is well known: creating health, wealth and happiness from nothing; aging gratefully; and living a more hopeful and transparent life.

“Naomi Judd’s story has inspired women throughout the United States, and she really embodies the goal of our first women’s conference – to help women achieve greater balance, health and satisfaction in their lives,” says Christa Clifton, marketing and public relations director at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital. “We are so excited to bring Ms. Judd and the entire event to the women of Katy and west Houston. We look forward to women of our community gathering together for ‘a little ME time’ to learn from and share with each other.”

The CHRISTUS St. Catherine LiveWell Conference – which is also sponsored by CBS Radio and KPRC-TV, among others – is open to the general public. Early registration, now through April 27, is $50. Beginning April 28, registration is $75 and continues through May 6. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, keynote luncheon, refreshments, access to 16 workshops, free health screenings, a shopping area and door prizes. Registration and conference information is now available at www.christusstcatherine.org. To learn more about the event, call 281-599-5181.

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Naomi Judd will be the keynote speaker at CHRISTUS's first-ever LiveWell Women's Conference.

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April’s Stroke Support Group to Focus on Aphasia

Katy Texas News
Posted April 04th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted April 4, 2011

Therapists and staff at Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital know the difficulties facing family and friends of stroke survivors, as well as the challenges that the survivors face themselves. To support these individuals, the hospitals host a monthly Stroke Support Group where attendees can learn about recovery and gain realistic feedback; get helpful information on topics such as health, hygiene, nutrition and prevention; and socialize with other stroke survivors and caregivers.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 19. Deeya Daniel, speech language pathologist, will talk about aphasia. Aphasia is a disorder that results from damage to the parts of the brain that contain language. Aphasia causes problems with any or all of the following: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

The stroke support group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 6-7 p.m. in the first Floor Conference Center at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, 23900 Katy Freeway, Katy, TX 77494. All Stroke Support Group meetings are open to stroke survivors, caretakers, and families. Call 713-222-CARE (2273) for more information.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Awarded an ENERGY STAR Label

Katy Texas News
Posted April 04th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted April 4, 2011

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has been awarded the ENERGY STAR label by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 2011. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.

In an effort to reduce energy consumption, improve indoor air quality and create a more patient-friendly environment, Memorial Hermann Katy made extensive energy management changes on its campus, including:

Optimization of variable speed drives, air conditioning and heating systems, which has reduced overall energy consumption by 34 percent while maintaining patient comfort.

Optimization of heating systems, including temperature, pressure, and flow that has reduced natural gas consumption by 75 percent.

Similar to residential cooling and heating units, the facility initiated scheduling changes to automatically turn off hospital air conditioning systems and adjust space temperatures when areas are not being used by patients and staff.

Developed an automated air conditioning temperature optimization program to continuously adjust set points in response to outside weather (temperature) conditions.

Overall Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 30 percent as a result of this energy efficiency initiative.

“Memorial Hermann Katy is pleased to accept the EPA’s ENERGY STAR label in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” says Scott Barbe, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital CEO. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

By awarding facilities the ENERGY STAR label, the EPA recognizes facilities that meet strict energy performance standards. ENERGY STAR facilities must use less energy, be less expensive to operate, and emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions than their peers. To earn the label, facilities must be in the top 25 percent of their peers in energy efficiency according to the EPA’s energy performance scale. By improving efficiency, facilities can save energy and money and help fight climate change.

“Memorial Hermann is proud to participate in the Energy Star program,” says Michael Hatton, Memorial Hermann System Executive of Engineering. “We consider excellence in energy efficiency a compliment to our efforts to provide greater Houston area residents with the most advanced and innovative care possible. As of today, only seven hospitals in Texas and 43 nation-wide have achieved the Energy Star designation.  Memorial Hermann Katy’s rating of ‘80’ denotes its performance in the top 20 percent of energy efficiency in the nation.”

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Jacqui Simpson, Ricardo Dominguez, Claude Springer, Juan Hurtado, Ben Gonzalez, and Jim Parisi.

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Katy Memorial Hermann One of Six Named Among Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters

Katy Texas News
Posted March 29th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted March 29, 2011

Six Memorial Hermann hospitals, including their location in Katy, have been named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Memorial Hermann’s hospitals were the only ones in the Houston-area to earn the recognition.

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

Collectively, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital were awarded in the teaching hospitals category.  For the second year in a row, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital was recognized in the medium community hospitals category.  And, for the first time, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital was awarded in the small community hospitals category.

“Memorial Hermann is gratified that six of our hospitals were rated by Thomson Reuters to be among the Top 100 U.S. hospitals in 2011,” says Michael Shabot, M.D., chief medical officer for Memorial Hermann.  “Thomson Reuters provides an objective evaluation based on calculations made on publicly reported quality, safety and patient satisfaction measurements from all hospitals in the country.  The result of those calculations is that six Memorial Hermann hospitals were ranked in the upper 1 percent of all hospitals in the country.  We want only the best for our patients and this recognition indicates we are delivering it.”

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 28 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“This year’s 100 Top Hospitals award winners have delivered exemplary results, despite volatility from healthcare reform,” says Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters. “The leadership teams at these organizations have dealt with enormous ambiguity, yet remained focused on mission and excellence, which drove national benchmarks to new highs.”

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • Nearly 116,000 additional patients would survive each year.
  • More than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
  • Expense per adjusted discharge would drop by $462.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.

If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.  For more information on Memorial Hermann, visit www.memorialhermann.org.

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LifeGift Urges Texans to Say YES to Organ, Tissue Donation

Katy Texas News
Posted March 21st 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted March 21, 2011

The demand for transplantable organs continues to outweigh the supply as nearly 11,000 men, women and children across Texas wait for lifesaving transplants.

“During the month of April, which is National Donate Life Month, we honor those who made the generous decision to donate, providing others with the precious gift of life,” says Sam Holtzman, president and CEO of LifeGift, the local organ and tissue recovery agency. “As the transplant waiting list continues to grow, more Texans need to step up and show their support for donation by registering as organ and tissue donors.  Organ and tissue donation saves lives … it’s just that simple.”

Named for a kidney recipient and Texas legislator, the Glenda P. Dawson Donate Life – Texas Registry is the official database of Texans who consent to be organ and tissue donors upon their deaths. It is free to register and one organ/tissue donor has the potential to save 80 lives.

In existence for almost five years, the registry gives Texans the opportunity to say “yes” to donation and help others one day in the future. There are three ways to register:

  • Electronically via www.donatelifetexas.org or its companion site, www.donevida.org;
  • In person at the Department of Public Safety (DPS) or on the DPS website;
  • Online with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when renewing vehicle registration.

The red donor sticker, which once appeared on Texas driver’s licenses, is now obsolete. The sticker indicated a person’s intent, while registering on the Donate Life Texas Registry provides one’s consent and is legally-binding.

There are more than 110,000 people in the United States waiting for a lifesaving transplant. On average,18 people die of organ failure due to the lack of available organs for transplant and approximately 138 people are added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list daily.

For more information about LifeGift, visit www.lifegift.org.  For more information about how to register as an organ and tissue donor, visit www.donatelifetexas.org.

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CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Announces Renewal of American Nurses Credentialing Center Pathway to Excellence Designation

Katy Texas News
Posted March 16th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted March 16, 2011

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital is pleased to announce it has again achieved Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The hospital first received the designation in 2008.

The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of work environments where nurses can flourish. The designation substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital and identifies it as one of the best places to work.

“Nurses are the lifeblood of our institution, and we strive to provide a rewarding work experience for them,” says Barbara Lazor, chief nurse executive of CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital. “We know that in working to ensure our nurses’ – and all our employees’ – happiness, we also are contributing to patient satisfaction, so it is doubly gratifying to be named a Pathway to Excellence institution again.”

The Pathway to Excellence designation is granted based on the confirmed presence of characteristics known as “The Pathway to Excellence Criteria.”  For an organization to earn the Pathway to Excellence distinction, it must successfully undergo a thorough review process that documents foundational quality initiatives in creating a positive work environment — as defined by nurses and supported by research. These initiatives must be present in the facility’s practices, policies and culture. Nurses in the organization verify the presence of the criteria in the organization through participation in a completely confidential online survey.

As a Pathway to Excellence-designated organization, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital is committed to nurses, to what nurses identify as important to their practice and to valuing nurses’ contributions in the workplace. This designation confirms to the public that nurses working at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital know their efforts are supported. The honor encourages other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment.

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital also has been recognized as one of Houston’s Best Places to Work by the Houston Business Journal every year since 2007.

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Methodist West Houston Hospital Delivers First Babies – Twins

Katy Texas News
Posted February 25th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted February 25, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Brackin are very excited as their children – twins – were delivered on Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 14.  Baby boy Brackin was born at 10:24 a.m. weighing 6 lb 4 oz and baby girl Brackin at 10:26 a.m. weighing 6 lb 7 oz.

“It was so exciting and such an honor to take part in the symbolic ‘laying of the cornerstone’ for the Birthing Center at Methodist West Houston Hospital,” says Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Dr. Byron Holt.  “As always, it is such a joy and reward to help bring a new life into the world.”

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Brackin!

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The Brackin Family

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Council Member Tours Texas Children’s Hospital’s West Campus

Katy Texas News
Posted February 09th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted February 9, 2011

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Council Member Marsherria Wilson recently took a tour of the Katy hospital campus. Wilson is a member of the hospital’s advisory council, a volunteer board of civic and business leaders from the Katy area.

Those who joined Wilson on the hospital tour included Fabiola Ortiz, Lisa Jones, Naomi Williams, Iris Gerken, Doina Berea, Jinny Doerffer, Marsherria Wilson and Liz Bell. For more information about Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, call 832-227-1000. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Texas Children's Hospital West Campus Council Member Marsherria Wilson recently toured the campus with a group of Katy women.



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Memorial Hermann Katy Names Physician, Employee of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted February 08th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted February 8, 2011

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently honored the 2010 Physician and 2010 Employee of the Year. Physician of the Year, Jose Diaz, M.D., a neurologist affiliated with the hospital, was recognized for his dedication to patient-centered care, collaborative nature with physicians and hospital staff, and enduring smile. Employee of the Year, Jennifer Beebe, R.N., was praised by her colleagues for her warm and caring bedside manner, being a calm and confident leader during times of crisis, and her “team player” mentality. Congratulations to Dr. Diaz and Jennifer Beebe, R.N.

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From left, Jose Diaz, M.D.; Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital CEO Scott Barbe; and Jennifer Beebe, R.N.

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Katy’s Only Hospital-Based Sleep Center Receives AASM and TJC Accreditation

Katy Texas News
Posted February 03rd 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted February 3, 2011

The CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Sleep Center received its official accreditation on November 18 from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the national accrediting body and gold standard for sleep disorders centers and laboratories for sleep related breathing problems. The AASM Standards for Accreditation ensure the highest quality of care is delivered to sleep disorder patients, and accreditation is earned upon demonstrated compliance in the several areas including:

  • Personnel
  • Patient Policies
  • Facility & Equipment
  • Data Acquisition, Scoring & Reporting
  • Patient Records
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Quality Assurance

“This accreditation reaffirms the hospital’s commitment to bringing rest and wellness to the Katy community,” says Jacqueline Johnson, RPSGT, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Clinical Coordinator for the Sleep Center. “Our study and treatment teams deserve such recognition and we’re thrilled to celebrate them.”

The Sleep Center also was accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC), the United States’ oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, which evaluates health care organizations and inspires them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

The CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Sleep Center in Katy assesses patients’ habits and body functions during sleep, such as electrical activity of the brain, eye movements, muscle activity, heart rate, respiratory effort and blood oxygen levels. Clinic staffers monitor the patient’s sleep cycles throughout the night and recommend treatment according to the study results.

The sleep center is designed to simulate a private, home-like atmosphere to give patients a natural sleeping environment and enable clinicians to get a more accurate reading on patient tests. Rooms are completely furnished with queen-size beds, nightstands, temperature control, ceiling fans, cable television, bathrooms and closets.

“We truly have a state of the art facility designed with our patients’ comfort and ease in mind,” Dr. Salazar said. “It’s important to create a peaceful environment so that we can get better readings to accurately record sleep abnormalities we observe and effectively evaluate the severity of the patient’s sleep condition.”

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