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The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization which assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide, yesterday released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety grades. Houston Methodist West was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“We are proud to receive our second ‘A’ in a row from The Leapfrog Group,” said Vicki Brownewell, chief nursing officer of Houston Methodist West. “Keeping our patients, guests and staff out of harm is at the forefront of every decision. This is what makes Houston Methodist West unparalleled in safety and quality.”

“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Houston Methodist West’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About Houston Methodist West Hospital

Houston Methodist West Hospital is committed to leading medicine in West Houston, Katy and surrounding communities by delivering the Houston Methodist standard of safety, quality, service and innovation. The growing campus offers nearly 200 beds and access to the most innovative medical and surgical care available, including robotic and minimally invasive surgery, full-spectrum heart care, state-of-the-art imaging, cancer care, labor and delivery with a neonatal ICU, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, outpatient rehabilitation and 24/7 emergency services. For more information, visit houstonmethodist.org/west.

 

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Houston Methodist West Hospital has received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The accreditation acknowledges Houston Methodist West’s expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.

“Houston Methodist West has been leading the way in cardiovascular care since we were first established,” said Vicki Brownewell, RN, Houston Methodist West’s chief nursing officer. “I’m proud of our team for continuing to deliver the best possible care for all of our heart patients.”

The hospital was first accredited in October, 2013, with its latest accreditation valid until October 31, 2019.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Every year more than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease, with a heart attack occurring an average of once every 42 seconds.

An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s evidence-based, systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Chest Pain Centers better monitor patients when it’s unclear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

The ACC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. By achieving ACC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation status, Houston Methodist West demonstrated expertise in the following areas:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

 

For more information on cardiovascular care or to find a doctor at Houston Methodist West Hospital, call 832.522.5522 or visit houstonmethodist.org/find-a-doctor/.

Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce presents the Living Well Expo Saturday – May 20, 2017 1 pm – 5 pm The Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce Living Well Expo will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at Parkway Fellowship Church located at 27043 FM 1093, Richmond, TX 77406.

Title sponsors for this year’s event include MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Methodist West Hospital and Memorial Hermann.

Come out and enjoy an inspiring and interactive day of health and wellness with informational booths and guest speakers. The Living Well Expo will have something for everyone with information not only on physical health but social, pet, dental, financial and environmental health as well. The event includes vendor booths, door prizes, free gift bags, food trucks, entertainment and much more.

If you would like to be a supporting sponsor or have a vendor booth at this event, forms can be found by visiting www.FulshearAreaChamber.com

If you’d like more information about this event, please contact Amy Norvell at anorvell@fulshearareachamber.com or call 832-600-3221.

 

Wayne Voss, chief executive officer at Houston Methodist West, Portia Willis, business outreach specialist at Houston Methodist West, Terri Hubbard, Pretty in Pink committee member, Allyson Hoag, chair of Pretty in Pink committee and president of the Willow Fork Ladies Tennis Association, Donna Nabers, Pretty in Pink committee member, Dr. Candy Arentz, Houston Methodist West breast surgeon, Kim Collins, director of Houston Methodist Cancer Center and Breast Care Center at West, Sondra Himmer, director of development, Houston Methodist Foundation and Caroline Champion, director of business development at Houston Methodist West.

Houston Methodist West Hospital recently received a $16,000 donation from the Willow Fork Ladies Association. The money, raised through their annual breast cancer awareness event “Pretty in Pink,” will help patients who need support for breast cancer related issues.

“We are thankful for the support and generosity of this community-minded group,” said Wayne Voss, chief executive officer at Houston Methodist West. “They can be assured that their donation will make a positive impact on local patients.”

Through their Breast Care Center, Houston Methodist West provides women the most advanced options and comprehensive services for breast health, including 3D digital mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, ultrasound biopsies, stereotactic biopsies and MRI-guided biopsy. Their cancer services range from prevention and diagnosis to advanced treatments, follow-up and survivorship. Additionally, the hospital offers screenings, educational events, second opinions, clinical trials, genetic testing and support groups.

The recent financial contribution brings Willow Fork’s total hospital donations to more than $80,000 since 2013.

“It is a great honor to be a committed partner of Houston Methodist West,” said Allyson Hoag, president of the Willow Fork Ladies Association. “We understand the importance of supporting women right here in our community.”

Houston Methodist West Hospital offers nearly 200 beds and access to the most innovative medical and surgical care available, including robotic and minimally invasive surgery, full-spectrum heart care, state-of-the-art imaging, cancer care, labor and delivery with a level II neonatal ICU, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, outpatient rehabilitation and 24/7 emergency services. For more information, visit houstonmethodist.org/west or call 832.522.5522.

Back row, from left: Kyna McGill, Mary Behringer, Sadhana Balasubramanian, Sarah Behringer, Beatriz Pizarro, Hazina Wanjagi Front row, from left: Ishika Patel, Kashish Patel, Ava McGill
Back row, from left: Kyna McGill, Mary Behringer, Sadhana Balasubramanian, Sarah Behringer, Beatriz Pizarro, Hazina Wanjagi
Front row, from left: Ishika Patel, Kashish Patel, Ava McGill

The “Brainiac Maniacs”, a Girl Scouts robotic interest group, alongside members of the West Houston community, joined Houston Methodist West Hospital surgeons and staff for a hands-on demonstration of the new da Vinci Xi surgical robot on Monday, Nov. 21.

Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to test the dexterity and precision of the robot by completing simple tasks such as moving tiny rings and opening a box of Girl Scout cookies. Through learning about the intricacies of the robot and its capabilities, guests were able to better understand the immense impact that the da Vinci Xi will have on the future of minimally invasive surgeries. Houston Methodist West is the only facility in the Energy Corridor to acquire this complete surgical system.

Robotic-assisted surgery is a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery that uses a robotic interface to control surgical instruments. With this specially designed system, the surgeon gets a magnified, three-dimensional view of the surgical area and is able to maneuver instruments more precisely during complex and delicate procedures.

“The complex robots can be easy to use with the right interface,” said Sarah Behringer, a member of the Girl Scout’s Brainiac Maniacs group. “[The da Vinci Xi] was actually easy to control.”

At Houston Methodist West, our specially trained and credentialed surgeons are leaders in robotic surgery. Since its introduction a few years ago, robotic surgery has been used in thousands of procedures, proving its safety and effectiveness. Patients benefit from the least invasive, safest surgical treatment for even the most complex conditions. Compared to open surgery, robotic-assisted surgery results in less trauma to the body, less risk of infection, less blood loss and need for blood transfusions, significantly less pain and scarring, shorter hospital stay, and faster recovery and return to normal activities.

About Houston Methodist West Hospital
Houston Methodist West Hospital is committed to leading medicine in West Houston, Katy and surrounding communities by delivering the Houston Methodist standard of safety, quality, service and innovation. The growing campus offers nearly 200 beds and access to the most innovative medical and surgical care available, including robotic and minimally invasive surgery, full-spectrum heart care, state-of-the-art imaging, cancer care, labor and delivery with a level II neonatal ICU, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, outpatient rehabilitation and 24/7 emergency services. For more information, visit houstonmethodist.org/west.

nurseIf you or someone you love has had a surgical procedure, a perioperative registered nurse was directly responsible for you or your loved one’s well-being throughout the operation. While all of the other medical professionals in the room, including the surgeon, anesthesia provider, surgical assistant and other assistive personnel, are focused on their specific duty, the perioperative registered nurse focuses on the patient for the duration of the procedure.  Perioperative registered nurses provide specialized nursing care to surgical patients before, during and after surgery.

November 7-12 marks the celebration of Perioperative Nurse Week, an annual celebration of perioperative nurses and their commitment to safe patient care. The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) is the national association representing the interests of over 160,000 perioperative registered nurses in hospitals and outpatient surgery centers. AORN’s 40,000 registered nurse members manage, teach and practice perioperative nursing.

We as perioperative nurses want to let you know that we are working hard to protect you – our patients – when you are most vulnerable. Join us in celebrating perioperative nurses and our dedication to safe patient care for 2016 Perioperative Nurse Week.

Rachel V. Miller Abanilla, BSN, RN, CNOR

President –AORN West Houston

Nurse Education Specialist I

Perioperative Services

Houston Methodist West Hospital

Office: 832-522-2126

www.houstonmethodist.org

 

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September is Sepsis Awareness Month

Houston_Methodist_West_Hospital__20130729_11383613_Sepsis is a potentially life threatening complication of the body’s overwhelming response to infection. Sepsis starts out with an infection which can quickly deteriorate to tissue damage, multiple organ failure and death, especially if it is not recognized and treated in its early stages.
People with weakened immune systems, chronic medical illnesses or the very young or very elderly are at the greatest risk for developing sepsis.
Annually, more than one million Americans are diagnosed with sepsis and between 28-50% of them die as a result—more than the number of individuals who die from AIDS, prostate cancer and breast cancer combined.
Sepsis also has a major economic impact, with an estimated $20 billion cost in 2011.
How can you prevent sepsis? Know your risk factors: people with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, people with diabetes, major kidney or liver disease, major burns or trauma are all at increased risk for getting infections and ultimately developing sepsis.
Talk to your doctor about getting a flu shot or other vaccinations. Prevent infections by:
• Cleaning any skin tears or wounds
• Practicing good general hygiene—handwashing
is the first step in prevention.
If you have an infection, seek immediate medical treatment if you experience the following:
• Shivering
• Fever
• Sweaty/clammy skin
• Mental confusion
• Extreme pain
• Shortness of breath
• Rapid heart rate
• Rapid breathing
Early intervention frequently includes intravenous fluids and targeted intravenous antibiotic treatment to help decrease the chance of further deterioration, organ failure and death. With sepsis, time matters.

Source: Houston Methodist West Hospital

Houston_Methodist_West_Hospital__20130729_11383613_Houston Methodist West Hospital is hosting a community blood drive. Please help area patients by making a blood donation. Donors will receive a free Houston Astros t-shirt.

Dates: Thursday, Aug. 11 and Friday, Aug. 12

Time: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Houston Methodist West Hospital | Mesquite Conference Room – 1st Floor

18500 Katy Frwy. | Houston, TX 77094 | Free parking

Donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of water prior to their donation. To donate, please bring a photo ID.

Schedule an appointment online at houstonmethodistbloodcenter.org or by phone at 713.394.6711.About Houston Methodist West Hospital

Houston Methodist West Hospital is committed to leading medicine in West Houston, Katy and surrounding communities by delivering the Houston Methodist standard of safety, quality, service and innovation. The growing campus offers nearly 200 beds and access to the most innovative medical and surgical care available, including robotic and minimally invasive surgery, full-spectrum heart care, state-of-the-art imaging, cancer care, labor and delivery with a level II neonatal ICU, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, outpatient rehabilitation and 24/7 emergency services.

Houston_Methodist_West_Hospital__20130729_11383613_Houston Methodist West Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

“This recognition further demonstrates our staff’s commitment to delivering stroke care to our patients quickly and safely,” said Vicki Brownewell, RN, Houston Methodist West’s Chief Nursing Officer. “I am proud of our team because they continue to strive for excellence in the treatment of stroke patients.”

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement award, Houston Methodist West achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all seven Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for 24 consecutive months and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

Members of the Houston Methodist West Hospital Stroke Committee receiving award from Kate Ramos, director of quality and systems improvement, American Heart/Stroke Association.
Members of the Houston Methodist West Hospital Stroke Committee receiving award from Kate Ramos, director of quality and systems improvement, American Heart/Stroke Association.

These quality measures are designed to help hospitals provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. They focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care for stroke patients, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.

Tonia Shelton, RN, performance improvement coordinator, Houston Methodist West Hospital and Kate Ramos, director of quality and systems improvement, American Heart/Stroke Association.
Tonia Shelton, RN, performance improvement coordinator, Houston Methodist West Hospital and Kate Ramos, director of quality and systems improvement, American Heart/Stroke Association.

Houston Methodist West has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary (Level II) Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients in West Houston, Katy and surrounding communities.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

For more information on stroke prevention and treatment of services offered at Houston Methodist West Hospital, call 832.522.5522.

Houston_Methodist_West_Hospital__20130729_11383613_Houston, MAY 24, 2015—Houston Methodist Cancer Center at West welcomes all local cancer survivors and a guest to join us as we honor survivors living with a history of cancer. The Cancer Survivors Day Celebration and Lunch is on Friday, June 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Houston Methodist West Hospital’s Mesquite Conference Room.  Space is limited at this free event and registration is required. Please call 832.522.5522 or visit houstonmethodist.org/events to reserve a seat.

About Houston Methodist West Hospital

Houston Methodist West Hospital is committed to leading medicine in the West Houston and Katy communities by delivering the Houston Methodist standard of high quality, advanced technology and personalized care. The growing campus offers nearly 200 beds and access to the most innovative medical and surgical care available, including robotic and minimally invasive surgery, full-spectrum heart care, state-of-the-art imaging, cancer care, labor and delivery with a level II neonatal ICU, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, outpatient rehabilitation and 24/7 emergency services.