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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.

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Aude Vatry and Family
Aude Vatry and Family

In less than a day, 32-year-old mother Aude Vatry went from the joy of bringing a baby into the world to the real possibility she would never see her daughter grow up. Following a life-threatening pulmonary embolism, which is usually caused by a blood clot in a leg vein that breaks loose and travels to a lung where it blocks blood flow, Vatry told nurses, “I think I’m going to die.”

Quick action, experienced staff and a state-of-the-art hybrid operating room for near-simultaneous diagnosis and treatment at Houston Methodist West Hospital saved her — and she is enjoying her one-month-old, arguably like few other new moms. “I feel very lucky to have chosen Houston Methodist West to have my baby,” said Vatry. “Of course, I never knew I’d need a surgeon and medical team to help save my life.”

When a woman is pregnant, drainage from her legs can cause the blood to pool and form clots, many times with no symptoms. In Vatry’s case, the act of childbirth released the clot and it caused a sudden blockage in a lung artery. This serious condition can cause low oxygen levels in the blood and damage other organs due to lack of oxygen. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 30 percent of patients with pulmonary embolism will die if the condition is not treated promptly.

“Pulmonary embolism is the leading cause of death for pregnant women in the developed world,” said Miguel Gomez, M.D. thoracic and cardiac surgeon at Houston Methodist West Hospital who treated Vatry. “Thankfully, she gave birth in a hospital with the capabilities to quickly and effectively treat this potentially fatal problem.”

The morning after she delivered daughter, Olivia, Vatry struggled to breathe and experienced chest pain. The hospital quickly performed a CT scan, a sophisticated X-ray that produces cross-sectional images of the body, and found the embolism. Just 20 minutes later, Vatry was in an operating room and Gomez cleared the clot. Two hours after surgery, Vatry was off a respiratory machine and breathing normally in the intensive care unit, where she stayed for one day.

“The entire care team was incredible,” Vatry remarked. “From the nurses to the physicians and surgeon, I felt they really cared about me and my baby.”

Houston Methodist West Hospital offers complete labor and delivery services including, board-certified staff of OB-GYNs, specialized nurses and emergency care physicians; private rooms for antepartum, labor, delivery and postpartum; pain management; anesthesiologists; neonatal CPR-certified nurses specially trained in stabilization and care of critically ill newborns; neonatologists and critical care staff; level I and II newborn care; hearing screening services provided by in-house audiologists; lactation specialists available to answer questions and address concerns; and 24-hour access to the maternity care units to encourage active participation of parents.

For more about Houston Methodist West, go to houstonmethodist.org/west or call 832.522.5522 for a physician referral.

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Pictured from left to right: Dr. Robert Vanzant, first president of medical staff of Houston Methodist West; Craig Bradley, director of spiritual care of Houston Methodist West; Tommy Waldron, project manager of Vaughn Construction; Brian Gray, sr. project manager of Page; Sid Sanders, sr. vice president of construction, design and real estate of Houston Methodist; Dr. Marc Boom, president & CEO of Houston Methodist; Judge Ewing Werlein Jr., chairperson of the Houston Methodist West Board of Trustees; Vidal Ramirez, chairperson of the Houston Methodist Board of Trustees; Wayne Voss, CEO of Houston Methodist West; Dr. Hector Herrera, president of medical staff of Houston Methodist West; Bill Callegari, member of the Houston Methodist West Board of Trustees.

After opening its doors just five years ago, Houston Methodist West Hospital is now expanding its campus to better serve its community. The 228,000 square foot construction project is expected to be complete mid-2018. The expansion will add 95 more patient rooms, totaling 288, 22 additional emergency rooms, totaling 50, and 10 state-of-the-art operating rooms, totaling 25. Imaging services and the maternity unit will also be expanded. On the west side of campus, a second free parking garage with 867 parking spaces will be complete by mid-2017. Free valet services will continue to be offered at the main entrance of the hospital for the convenience of patients and their guests.

“This groundbreaking marks the continuation of our mission to provide high quality, cost-effective health care that delivers the best value to the people we serve,” said Houston Methodist Hospital President & CEO, Dr. Marc Boom. “As the Houston region grows, Houston Methodist must also grow so that we may continue to deliver our promise of leading medicine to those who call this region home.”

Houston Methodist West currently employs over 1,500 people, with an additional 200 at Houston Methodist St. Catherine Hospital. The expansion is expected to create an additional 250 jobs. In the past five years, Houston Methodist West has served 40,000 inpatient admissions, delivered 9,500 babies and treated over 145,000 emergency room visits.

“Over the next five years, the West Houston population is expected to reach one million people, becoming the population center of Houston by 2020,” said Houston Methodist West CEO Wayne Voss. “We are expanding to keep up with the demands of our community. I’m proud of how much this hospital has grown in such a short time, and I look forward to its continued growth.”

Throughout construction, Houston Methodist West will continue serving patients in the community where they live, with the well-known, high quality standard of care.

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 exceptional safety, quality, personalized service and innovation. The growing campus currently 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.