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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has been named a Silver Award winner in the 2012 Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Awards, which recognizes hospitals for demonstrating excellence in achieving national quality measures.
The Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Awards were established by the Austin-based Texas Medical Foundation Quality Institute, in concert with the Texas Hospital Association, the Texas Medical Association and other leading state-wide health care organizations. The awards acknowledge hospitals for improving care in four critical clinical areas: heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. These clinical areas have been designated as national health care priorities by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission – the nation’s predominant health care standards-setting and accrediting body.
Methodist Sugar Land Hospital was one of just 120 Texas hospitals to receive the award. “This is a tremendous honor for all of us here at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, and a real testament to the dedication of our physicians, nurses and support staff to ensure that all of our patients receive the highest possible quality of care,” said Janet Leatherwood, Chief Nursing Officer at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “Improving patient outcomes through benchmarking and the implementation of best practices is an ongoing priority for us and we are proud to be recognized for those efforts.”
To earn the Silver Award, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital demonstrated significant improvement on all 27 of the key quality indicators included in a composite scoring system called the Appropriate Care Measure (ACM). These quality indicators cover a wide range of activities related to the four key clinical areas, including the types of medications prescribed, the types and timing of procedures performed and patient education efforts.
For more information about Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, visit MethodistSugarLand.com, or call (281) 274-7500 for a physician referral.
Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Quality Award Team: Brooke Taylor, Tosha Vaughn, Cindy McCauley, Diane McGraw, Janet Leatherwood, Becky Chalupa and Ann Prather.
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On April 30, 2012, join the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) for their 19th Annual National Bereavement Program. With this year’s focus on “End of Life Ethics,” the program provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals to share and exchange ideas, as well as obtain continuing education credits.
Chaplain Bill Bross, Director of Spiritual Care and Values Integration for Methodist Sugar Land Hospital says, “This is a unique opportunity for clergy and health care professionals in our area to explore and discuss end-of-life ethics from a spiritual perspective. Spiritual matters are on the minds and hearts of our patients as they near the end of life. It is important for those of us who provide their care to be prepared to honor their questions and their journey.”
Lynn Sherr, former ABC News 20/20 correspondent, will team up with a panel of noted authorities to deliver an exciting program that is instrumental in educating health care professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life ethics. The program will examine, using a case study approach, the ethical issues and dilemmas that emerge at the end of life, the principles of ethical decision making and the effects of these decisions on staff and families.
The program will be held at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital on April 30, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Main Pavilion Conference Rooms.
To RSVP or for more information, call the Spiritual Care and Values Integration Department at 281-274-7164 or email SNBowman@tmhs.org.
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They’re not dangerous. But if you’ve got varicose veins, that’s probably a small consolation. Dangerous or not, the twisted blue bulges are not a pretty sight. However, varicose veins can be successfully treated and there are steps you can take to ease the condition.
“Under normal circumstances, valves in the veins open to allow blood to flow toward the heart and close to keep blood from flowing back down,” says Ulises Baltazar, M.D., board certified vascular surgeon on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “Sometimes, though, valves in the legs fail to seal properly. When that happens, blood leaks down into the vein and pools behind the valve.”
Although varicose veins are no more than a cosmetic concern for many, a feeling of heaviness in the legs, night cramps, skin ulcers and phlebitis are among the potential complications.
Women are more likely than men to develop varicose veins — a fact due in no small part to pregnancy, when elevated hormone levels cause vein walls to weaken, contributing to valve failure. Heredity plays a big role, too. In fact, if your mom had varicose veins, don’t be surprised if you develop identical bulges.
Couch potatoes also are more prone to the condition. Here’s why: With each step you take, the large calf muscles contract — much as the heart does. That motion helps pump blood back toward the heart. Because sedentary people spend a lot of time off their feet, their calf muscles aren’t exercised. As a result, the muscles’ pumping action is stifled, allowing blood to pool in the legs.
Whether you have varicose veins or are trying to prevent them, here are some suggestions for keeping your legs in good shape:
Change position. If you sit or stand for long periods of time, it’s important to take frequent breaks. Walk around, do some leg lifts, flex your ankles.
Wear support hose. If you stand for long periods of time during the day, using compression stockings will help to protect your legs from varicose veins.
Exercise regularly. Walking, swimming, biking and other exercises strengthen calf muscles, helping them pump blood upward.
Shed excess weight. Extra pounds aggravate circulatory problems and contribute to weakened vein valves.
Put your feet up. At the end of the day, raise your legs so that they&
rsquo;re about 12 inches above heart level. This allows the blood to drain from the veins and aids circulation.
Dr. Baltazar says there are treatment options for varicose veins when lifestyle changes aren’t enough. If you think your varicose veins require treatment, ask your healthcare provider about these options:
- Sclerotherapy. This nonsurgical procedure, which can be done in the doctor’s office, involves a series of injections that shrink varicose veins. The injected solution causes irritation and eventual scarring within the abnormal veins, forcing them to close up.
- Endovenous ablation. This is a minimally invasive technique that is used instead of stripping the affected vein, which is closed with heat from a radiofrequency catheter or a laser fiber.
- Surgery. In a procedure called ligation and stripping, the affected portion of the vein is tied off and removed. The surgery, which is usually reserved for very large varicose veins, is often performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia.
To make an appointment with Dr. Baltazar or another vascular surgeon in your area, call our physician referral line at 281-274-7500.
Free Vein Seminar
Join us for a free seminar presented by Dr. Ulises Baltazar about Venous Insufficiency: the causes, symptoms, who is at risk, treatments and prevention.
Methodist Sugar Land Hospital—Conference Center
Wednesday, May 16, 2012—6 p.m.
Certificate for Free Vein Screening
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Women today have more treatment options than their mothers' generation did when facing gynecologic cancers, fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic prolapse and other uterine conditions. A few years ago, a patient who needed gynecologic surgery faced an open surgical procedure that required a large incision. Now if surgery is needed, laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgeries may be an option involving fewer risks and a faster recovery.
“With robotic-assisted procedures, patients typically go home the next day and recover in as few as one to two weeks, compared to a recovery time of four to six weeks after open surgery,” says Katherine Diase, M.D. board certified OB/GYN on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “These less-invasive surgical procedures involve tiny incisions just a few millimeters in length compared to larger, 5 – 7 inch incisions that are common with open surgeries.”
In 2010 Methodist Sugar Land Hospital was the first in Fort Bend to incorporate the da Vinci Surgical Robotic System and recently upgraded to the da Vinci SI Surgical Robotic System. “We are pleased to be the first and only hospital in the region to offer this ground-breaking technology to our patients and community,” says Jagjit Khairah, D.O., board certified OB/GYN on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.
“The da Vinci system allows the surgeon to operate from a console while viewing a three-dimensional image of the surgical field,” states Duc Le, M.D., board certified OB/GYN on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “It translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of tiny surgical instruments inside the patient's body.”
The da Vinci SI Surgical Robotics System allows surgeons to see and assess anatomy better than the naked eye. “Unmatched vision, precision and control of surgical robotics are amazing benefits of the da Vinci Robot,” says Jane Starr, M.D., board certified OB/GYN on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “It allows us to perform major surgeries through dime-sized incisions.”
Whether you are facing hysterectomy, myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids), surgery to repair vaginal/uterine prolapse, or treatment for endometriosis or excessive menstrual bleeding, our surgeons are skilled in robotic-assisted gynecological procedures that may help you heal faster so you can get back to work, family and life.
Other benefits of robotic-assisted surgery include:
• Small incisions and minimal scarring
• Less pain
• Less blood loss and need for transfusion during surgery
• Less risk of infection
• Shorter hospital stay
In addition, if follow-up treatments are needed after surgery, such as for gynecologic cancers, women may be ready for the next phase of treatment more quickly.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Diase, Dr. Khairah, Dr. Le, Dr. Starr, or another OB/GYN in your area, please call our physician referral line at 281-274-7500.
Join Us—Women’s Health Seminar
Join us for a FREE Women’s Health Seminar about Gynecological Disorders and Minimally Invasive Treatments. Presented by Dr. Katherine Diase, Dr. Duc Le, Dr. Jagjit Khairah and Dr. Jane Starr.
Tuesday, May 22, 6 p.m.
Methodist Sugar Land Hospital — Conference Center
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RSVP: 281-274-7500 or email SLRSVP@tmhs.org