Six Memorial Hermann Hospitals, including Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical CenterMemorial Hermann Katy HospitalMemorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast HospitalMemorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, were recently honored with Mission: Lifeline Awards by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

“Memorial Hermann is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said Amy Harberg, vice president of Heart & Vascular Services at Memorial Hermann. “We are honored to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care.  Our team of expert physicians and staff are among the very best in the country and deserve this recognition.”

“We’d also be remiss if we didn’t thank our local EMS providers who recognize the signs of heart attack and begin care in in the field,” added Harberg.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.  As part of the program, AHA recognizes hospital achievements with a series of awards at various levels.  Memorial Hermann’s 2017 awards include:

Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award

Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center (HVI)

Mission: Lifeline STEMI Silver Receiving Plus Quality Achievement Award

Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital

Mission: Lifeline STEMI Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital

Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Bronze Quality Achievement Award

Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center (HVI)

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital

“We commend Memorial Hermann for its achievement awards, which reflect a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving these awards means the hospitals have met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.”

Regarding the Texas Gulf Coast, we are working with local emergency managers and partners to prepare for the storm:

  • Four shelters are on standby — in Vidor, Orange, Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island; (addresses are not available at this time)
  • Nine emergency response vehicles are activated and ready for use if there is a need to supply residents with food, water, hygiene kits or other much-needed items;
  • Red Cross team members are preparing to deploy to hard-hit areas if warranted; and
  • Members of our Leadership Team are prepared to deploy as well.

Right now we are carefully monitoring the situation and will keep you updated in terms of Red Cross preparation. Please do open the press release link above, which will give you information on hurricane safety, our free emergency app and more. If of use, here are links to some photos taken during last years’ storms and floods. They were taken primarily in areas surrounding Beaumont and Orange. You are welcome to download and use if you wish. Feel free to access the entire site and peruse March/April/May 2016 photo albums for more storm photos.

The Wallis American Legion Dance Club will hold its monthly dance on Saturday, June 17th with music provided by The Kreneks.  The music will be country western and mixed music for your dancing pleasure.  The dance will be from 8 a.m. p.m. to 11:30 p.m. So come out and enjoy the music.  There will be lots of door prizes and free coffee. For more information call Steve Munzy 979-478-2494 or Charley Janik 979-478-6226.

Pictured: left to right: Nicholas Maresh – Another Time Soda Fountain, Hong Zhou – Ninja Japanese Cuisine, Andres Novoa– La Cocina, Joe Freudenberger – CEO, OakBend Medical Center, Jimmy Cantu – Pier 26, Terry Gaul  – Sandy McGee’s, Kris Stolte – Japaneiro’s

Final Amount Check Restaurant

Richmond, TX…Memorial Day marked the final day of OakBend Medical Center’s first Restaurant Week.  The event took place from May 19-May 29 and included 14 restaurants in Fort Bend County.

The fundraising idea was the brainchild of Jimmy Cantu of Pier 36, Andres Novoa of La Cocina and Daniel Ornelas of Ol’ Railroad Café. For the 11 days of Restaurant Week, participating restaurants offered a special 3-course Restaurant Week menu. The 14 restaurants made a donation to OakBend Medical Center for every meal ordered off the special menus during regular business hours. The participating restaurants included:

Another Time Soda Fountain

Bull Creek Cafe & Grill

Clancy’s Public House

Dekker’s Mesquite Grill


La Cocina

Lomonte’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Ninja Japanese Cuisine

Ol’ Railroad Cafe

Pier 36

Sandy McGee’s

The Ginger Mule

The Swinging Door

Veritas Steak & Seafood

With final numbers in, the 896 special menu meals that were sold during the event raised $5,114 for the hospital’s Vision 2020 campaign. Vision 2020 is a comprehensive renovation campaign that will bring the most advanced concepts for a healing environment to OakBend Medical Center. Launched in May 2015, the campaign has already resulted in significant improvements at OakBend’s historical home in Downtown Richmond. Progress from the campaign was seen immediately beginning with updates to the building’s exterior and landscaping in the fall of 2015. Additional projects that have been completed as part of the campaign include renovations to the Jackson Street Emergency Care Center and the Skilled Nursing Facility. Major renovations are currently planned for the hospital’s two largest medical-surgical units on the fourth and fifth floors. Future Vision 2020 projects include the expansion of the ACE Unit, additional upgrades in the Skilled Nursing Facility, and renovations to the hospital’s common areas including main hallways, restrooms and cafeteria. When complete, Vision 2020 will create an environment of care that inspires patients and their families and fosters faster healing.

“We are extremely grateful to the 14 local restaurants that participated in OakBend Medical Center Restaurant Week,” stated Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center. “Their commitment to the hospital and to the community is touching and we are appreciative of all their help. It is not often that you get to eat a great meal and raise money for your community hospital and we are overwhelmed with the generosity of these participants and want to thank everyone that took the time to visit one of these local restaurants and support OakBend Medical Center.”

Pier 36 owner, Jimmy Cantu, said “It was an honor to be part of this adventure.  We were happy to step forward and make a commitment to help our local hospital achieve its goals and to raise money for Vision 2020. It was a great success and we look forward to being able to do this again next year and to raise even more money.”


About OakBend Medical Center: 

OakBend Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit community hospital based in Fort Bend County, providing quality care and exemplary service with its two full-service hospitals, as well as many specialty centers. As a community hospital, caring for our patients is personal. Our patients are our neighbors, our family, and our friends. We act with integrity and compassion, each of our staff takes ownership of providing the highest quality care and we have an absolute commitment to excellence in all that we do. 

OakBend Medical Center distinguishes itself among its healthcare peers in Fort Bend County by housing several unique programs and facilities including:

  • No Wait Emergency Room
  • Hospital-based Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Advanced Trauma Program
  • Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit
  • Geriatric Psychiatric Program
  • Permanent Hospital-based Air Ambulance

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