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    Methodist Sugar Land Hospital's new hybrid operating room: First in the nation with the most advanced technology

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has completed construction on a new hybrid operating room that is the first of its kind in the nation. The hybrid OR incorporates advanced technologies with traditional surgery capabilities to offer patients a new range of diagnostic and treatment procedures that can streamline care, reduce recovery time and complications.

    Methodist’s new hybrid OR is the first in the United States that combines the most advanced operating table created by Maquet, a German company specializing in OR equipment,  integrated with the latest C-arm robotic system for angiography from Siemens Healthcare, one of the world’s largest suppliers of imaging equipment.  This combination of technologies allows patients to be diagnosed and treated more rapidly and with better outcomes for a range of conditions, including vascular, cardiac, orthopedic and neurological.  In addition, specialists from multiple disciplines can now work together more collaboratively.

    Maquet’s operating table, called the Magnus, can be used for both advanced imaging and open surgical procedures. It is designed for flexible patient positioning. The C-arm system developed by Siemens provides physicians with increased clarity and positioning for images, enabling more rapid and advanced interventions, such as treating abdominal aortic aneurysms.

    According to Chris Siebenaler, Chief Executive Officer at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, “This new hybrid OR is a great example of how we are bringing leading medical innovations to our region. The safety and speed of this technology enables our skilled surgeons to provide more advanced care for patients, especially those requiring more complicated treatments.” 

    Imran Mohiuddin, M.D., vascular surgeon on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, believes the new concept will bring many benefits for patients, “In the past, a patient undergoing an interventional diagnostic procedure would have to be moved to a traditional operating room if the need for an open surgery developed. The hybrid OR is designed to perform both types of procedures. This rapid access to whatever the patient needs can lower treatment time and complications. It is an innovative leap forward and I know my patients will benefit.” 

    The number of hospitals throughout the country developing hybrid operating rooms is expected to increase rapidly based on the development of new procedures and increased patient need for vascular, cardiac, neurological and orthopedic treatment.

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    New Hybrid Operating Room Technology

    Methodist Sugar Land Hospital receives Get With The Guidelines- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.  The award recognizes Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

    “With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care and addressing the important element of time,” said James Ling, M.D., Medical Director of the Methodist Sugar Land Stroke Program.

    “We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols,” said Maria Socci, Manager, Stroke Program. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.

    To receive the award, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital achieved an 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.  These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.     

    In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke award, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care. Over the past quarter, at least 50 percent of the hospital’s eligible ischemic stroke patients have received tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time). A thrombolytic, or clot-busting agent, tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.

    “Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and Director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

    “The time is right for Methodist Sugar Land Hospital to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care by implementing Get With The Guidelines–Stroke. The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population,” said Janet Leatherwood, Chief Nursing Officer at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

    According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term 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 a physician referral, please call Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s physician referral line 281-274-7500, or visit

    About Get With The Guidelines

    Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.  For more information, visit

    Chris Siebenaler, Chief Executive Officer ; Janet Leatherwood, Chief Nursing Officer; Becky Chalupa, Associate Chief Nursing Officer; Diane McGraw, Director of Quality Management; Maria Socci, Stroke Program Manager and Dr. James Ling, Medical Director of the Stroke Program.

    Dr. Dominy joins Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST) welcomes Dr. Dean Dominy.

    “It’s a privilege to join the exceptional staff at Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas,” said Dr. Dominy.  “My focus on hand and upper extremities fits perfectly with the culture and history of MOST, and I am looking forward to being part of the team.”

    After growing up in Katy, Dr. Dominy completed his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University in College Station.  He then graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and performed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Dominy completed his hand and upper extremity fellowship at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania, where his training encompassed both common and atypical conditions affecting the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.

    “Dr. Dominy brings a unique set of skills and expertise to MOST, his fellowship training included weekly rotations at Shriners Hospital for Children in Erie, Pennsylvania –– he will be a tremendous asset to us,” said Dr. Vincent Phan of MOST.

    Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas features one of the largest groups of board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists in Sugar Land.  MOST physicians provide general and sports-related orthopedic care, including sub-specialties in hand and upper extremity, foot and ankle, sports medicine, total joint replacement and diseases and deformities of the spine.

    For your convenience, Dr. Dominy has offices located at:

    • 1201 Brooks Street, Sugar Land, Texas 77478
    • 1327 Lake Pointe Parkway, Suite 425, Sugar Land, Texas 77478
    • 18400 Katy Freeway, Suite 200, Houston, Texas 77094

    For an appointment with Dr. Dominy, or one of the MOST physicians, call

    281-494-MOST (6678). For more information please visit and select the Sugar Land location. 

    Dean Dominy, M.D.

    Journey to Bethlehem

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Methodist Sugar Land Hospital would like to cordially invite the Fort Bend and surrounding communities to join us as we usher in the Christmas Advent Season. Through a series of worship events, we will tell the story of the coming of the Christ Child. Please join Methodist Sugar Land Hospital on the following days for scripture readings, music and devotional thoughts.

    • Monday, December 3 - “The Gift of Preparation and Anticipation” (Coming of John the Baptist)
    • Tuesday, December 4  - “The Gift of Fulfillment” (Mary’s Story)
    • Wednesday, December 5  - “The Gift of Obedience” (Joseph’s Account)
    • Thursday, December 6 - “The Gift of the Savior’s Birth” (The Birth in Bethlehem)
    • Friday, December 7 - “The Greatest Gift of All” (The Arrival of God’s Son and the Excitement of the Magi)

    All productions will be held from 12:00 – 12:40 p.m. in the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Sweetwater Pavilion Chapel.

    For more information about Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Journey to Bethlehem please contact the Spiritual Care Department at 281-274-7164. For more information on Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, please visit

    Pretty in Pink raises funds for Fort Bend County residents

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The community charity event, Pretty in Pink—Town Square, raised more than $103,000 to benefit local cancer patients through the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (MSLH) Cancer fund.

    Presenting sponsors, Breast Surgeons – Dr. Sandra Templeton & Dr. Kelly Dempsey joined a wide range of other sponsors and donors to make Pretty in Pink a huge success.

    “I am honored to be a part of this important event,” said Dr. Templeton, Breast Surgeon. “It was a great way to give back to the community and help bring awareness to the difficulties that so many patients face as they battle cancer. I especially like the fact that all money donated will stay at our hospital and relieve some of my patients’ financial burdens.”

    At the event, keynote speaker Gail Parker said, “The fact that my hospital, my doctors and my community put on this event means the world to me. It is awe-inspiring to see our community come out to support such a great cause.”

    “As a breast surgeon I see the financial toll a cancer diagnosis can take on my patients. Raising money for the MSLH cancer fund gives me the opportunity to help my patients on a different level.” says Dr. Kelly Dempsey, Breast Surgeon. ” It was amazing to see the community come out and support the event. It was a great turn out, which helped us raise more money for the cancer fund.”

    “We wanted to create a fund where our patients could directly benefit from our efforts.  Cancer patients often incur extra costs related to their condition, and in many cases, they can’t work for extended periods of time,” said Leena Taneja, sponsorship chair and director of physician relations at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.  “While the fund cannot pay Methodist directly for medical bills, it can help pay for other non-hospital related costs such as medical equipment, medications, dentistry, car payments, house payments, wigs etc.  Our hope is to make the fight against cancer a bit less financially stressful for our patients.”

    “Pretty in Pink was a great example of how we can come together as a community to help others in need,” said Taneja. “We look forward to seeing the funds raised help those fighting cancer in our community.”

    Organizers send a heartfelt thank you to our volunteers, presenting sponsors, Dr. Dempsey and Dr. Templeton, along with all of the Pretty in Pink sponsors including:

    Texas Spine and Neurosurgery; TNT Dynamite; Sugar Land Vein Specialists; Pierre Chevray, M.D., Ph.D.; Consolidated Home Health; Houston Radiology Associated; Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas; Renew Laser and Skin; EmergiGroup; Greater Houston Anesthesiology; Jorge Darcourt, M.D.; Brain and Spine Clinic, PA; Colorectal Surgical Associates; Richmond Gastroenterology Associates; Sugar Land Colon and Rectal Clinic; Houston Heart Associates; Sweetwater Angiography Center; Telfair by Newland Communities; Stephen Phillips, M.D.; Advance Oncology; Charles Conlon, M.D.; Clive Shkedy, M.D.; Paresh Jadav, M.D.; Randy & Gail Parker; Sugar Land OB/GYN; Sugar Land Oncology; Sugar Land Pulmonary Associates;

    Uttam Tripathy, M.D.; Imran Mohiuddin, M.D. and Turner Construction Company

    To see photos from Pretty in Pink, visit our Facebook page,

    You too can help support; donate now, even if it is something small. To donate,

    visit our website at and click on the “DONATE NOW” button.

    For assistance or more information regarding the funds available, call or email Frances Goerlich at 281-274-7930 or

    Marcia Barham, Kaelyn Bujnoch, Leala Hall, Kimberly Sprague

    National Pink Heals Fire Truck

    City of Sugar Land lit up in pink to honor all cancer survivors 

    Maria Socci, Karen Seliger, Sam Puglisi, Melissa Roca, Marlene Gonzalez and Melissa Montemayor

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