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    Methodist Sugar Land Hospital launches online directory of Fort Bend support groups and service organizations

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is launching a new community resource directory, designed to provide residents of Fort Bend and surrounding areas with information about support groups, charitable organizations and other providers of important health and human services.

    The directory, available online by visiting and clicking on the Community Support Groups button, is the result of an extensive effort by the hospital’s Spiritual Care and Values Integration Department.  Associate Staff Chaplain Nancy Penney led the project, meeting with area clergy and non-profit representatives to collect information on relevant services and develop the directory.

    Penney said the resource list will provide a number of long-term benefits to the community, including:

    • Affirming the pastoral care already being offered by area churches, temples, synagogues and community organizations
    • Providing a "one-stop shop" for area residents to find the information and help they need
    • Allowing area groups to reach out to new participants who are in need of support or assistance

    “People often turn to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for information or assistance because they know us and trust us,” said Bill Bross, Director of Spiritual Care and Values Integration.  “And while the hospital provides a number of support services related to grief and dealing with illness, we recognize there are also tremendous resources available throughout the community.  Caring for the spirit is central to health and healing, and this is one way we can extend our department’s efforts beyond the hospital walls.”

    “Area clergy and representatives of charitable organizations were eager to be listed in the new directory,” Penney said. “For churches, it can be difficult to reach those outside of their own congregations, and many community groups have limited funds to increase awareness about the services they offer.”

    “Everyone I spoke with was grateful to be included because they realize the directory offers an opportunity to be more visible and reach more individuals and families,” Penney said.  “They are glad to partner with Methodist Sugar Land Hospital because they see the directory as a valuable tool that can bring the community closer together.  It’s a unique use of technology to help groups connect with those in need.”

    To add an organization or group to the directory, contact Associate Staff Chaplain Nancy Penney at

    Bill Bross, Director of Spiritual Care and Values Integration, Nancy Penney, Associate Staff Chaplain and Craig Butler, Senior Staff Chaplain

    Methodist Sugar Land Hospital joins elite group of hospitals with new residency program in physical therapy

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s (MSLH) new orthopedic physical therapy residency program – one of just three in the state of Texas – has recently been credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association.

    Led by the board-certified physical therapists at Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST), the program gives new physical therapists an opportunity to advance their clinical orthopedic skills while working and studying for 12 months alongside the MOST staff.

    “We have the only accredited program in Texas that is not affiliated with a university or academic medical center,” said Sean Croft, Director of Rehabilitation Services.  “This is a tremendous achievement, and it is a testament to the skills, knowledge and experience of our physical therapy staff at MSLH and MOST.  No one else in the greater Houston area has this many skilled clinicians and this level of expertise under one roof, and our team has created an outstanding curriculum for our residents.”

    The new program puts Methodist Sugar Land Hospital in a select group of prestigious organizations nationwide that offer PT residency, including New York University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cedars-Sinai, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Ohio State University, University of Southern California and Kaiser Permanente.

    In addition to helping develop the next generation of physical therapists, the residency program is designed to benefit MOST patients by adding to available staff and assisting in the sharing of ideas and best practices.

    “We are bringing in the best and the brightest physical therapists – individuals who have been highly trained in modern therapy techniques and who have been caring for patients already,” said Toko Nguyen, Supervisor, Clinical Residency Programs.   “These are therapists who are ready to move to the next level and become advanced practitioners.  Our new program will give them that opportunity while enhancing our ability to serve the community.”

    Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab services are located at Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (Highway 6 and Brooks St.) and at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Spine Center off Town Center Boulevard. To schedule an appointment, please call 281-201-0405 or for more information, visit

    Top- Ben Renfrow, Clinical Residency Faculty & Toko Nguyen, Supervisor, MSLH Clinical Residency Programs; Bottom- Marie Potter, Coordinator, MSLH Sports Physical Therapy Residency; Lindsay Koller, Clinical Residency Faculty & Brian Duncan, Coordinator,  MSLH Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency.

    Fort Bend county deputy constable successfully undergoes new state-of-the-art heart surgery at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Last year, 66-year-old Fort Bend County Deputy Constable, Corporal Al Dobson, started experiencing pain in the right side of his chest. At first, he was not concerned, but then the pain began traveling down to his right shoulder, elbow and finally became worse. Even though we most commonly hear that heart attacks cause pain and numbness in the left side of the body, Corporal Dobson knew to call 911.

    He was taken to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, where staff cardiologist, Dr. B. Keith Ellis performed a coronary angiogram on him and found significant blockage in his main artery to the heart and recommended bypass surgery. “Everything happened so fast,” said Officer Dobson. “When I first heard the words heart surgery I was in shock, but Dr. Tripathy quickly calmed my fears when he told me that he was going to do the surgery using a minimally invasive procedure that required only one small incision.”

    The traditional method of open-heart surgery requires opening the patient’s chest wall from the front. Dr. Uttam Tripathy, cardiothoracic surgeon on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, instead used a minimally invasive approach that requires only one small incision on his side—resulting in less pain, less potential for complications and a quicker recovery. Dr. Tripathy is currently the only cardiovascular surgeon performing this advanced method of heart surgery in Fort Bend and surrounding areas.

    A year after his minimally invasive heart surgery, Corporal Dobson is enjoying life to the fullest with his wife of 39 years and their three children. As a member of the Criminal Justice System since 1969, Corporal Dobson is currently serving the Fort Bend community and has earned his certification as a Master Peace Officer.  “I feel fortunate to have been treated by the finest medical team. The staff and nurses that cared for me at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital were excellent. I can’t believe how quick the recovery and rehabilitation process was. It has been over a year since Dr. Tripathy saved my life and I feel great!” explained Corporal Dobson.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tripathy or another cardiothoracic surgeon in your area, please call the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s physician referral line at 281-274-7500 or visit

    Uttam Tripathy, M.D. and Corporal Al Dobson

    Methodist Sugar Land Hospital employee elected to international leadership post

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Peggy Boineau, a Senior Occupational Therapist at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, was recently elected Treasurer of the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT).

    IFSHT is a global organization that provides networking and educational opportunities to develop and enhance the practice of hand therapy around the world.

    “To be elected as an officer in a worldwide organization is a tremendous honor and a real recognition of Peggy’s stature within her profession,” said Sean Croft, Director of Rehabilitation Services for Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.  “Over the past 10 years, Peggy’s dedication and service to the field of hand therapy has been unmatched.  We are extremely fortunate to have such a highly qualified, highly skilled individual here at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.”

    Boineau brings a wealth of clinical expertise to her job at Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST) and Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (MSLH).  She has been a Certified Hand Therapist for more than 20 years, and has a long history of leadership roles in state, national and now international organizations.  In fact, Boineau is a former President of the American Society of Hand Therapists, a position she held in 2010.

    “Being involved on these levels gives Peggy a unique insight into the latest developments in hand therapy and translates directly into stronger clinical expertise for our team and a better experience for our patients,” said Croft.

    Hand therapists such as Boineau are occupational or physical therapists that help rehabilitate patients with hand and wrist injuries and conditions, treating acute traumatic injuries such as crushed fingers, fractures, amputations and lacerations with nerve damage, along with repetitive-use conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

    “Being involved in the American Society of Hand Therapists and now the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy is a way for me to give back to my profession, which plays such an important role in helping people regain their independence following an injury or disorder,” said Boineau.   “I am thrilled to be elected to the executive committee of the IFSHT and I am especially proud to represent MOST and MSLH to my colleagues around the world.”

    Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab services are located at Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (Highway 6 and Brooks St.) and at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Spine Center off Town Center Boulevard. Please visit for more information about our physical therapy, occupational therapy and sports rehabilitation centers. To schedule an appointment please call 281-201-0405

    Peggy Boineau

    Catwalk on City Walk fashion show to benefit Pretty in Pink

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Pretty in Pink Cancer  fund, which helps cancer patients with personal expenses related to their care and treatment, has been named the designated charity for September 20th Catwalk on City Walk fashion show at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square Ballroom.

    General admission and VIP advance tickets for the event are available now at

    The third annual Catwalk on City Walk will feature models displaying clothing and accessories from select Sugar Land Town Square retailers on a 44-foot runway backed by professional lighting and sound.          

    “Catwalk on City Walk promises to be a fantastic evening and we are pleased to partner with Methodist Sugar Land Hospital to benefit the Pretty in Pink Cancer fund,” said Shana Sonnier, Marketing and Event Manager for Sugar Land Town Square.  “Being a cancer patient can place tremendous financial strain on families due to lost work time, increased child care expenses, transportation costs and more, and the Pretty in Pink Cancer fund can help alleviate some of those difficulties.  This is a very special cause and one that provides direct benefit to Fort Bend residents.”

    The evening begins with a reception from 7 – 8 p.m., where guests are welcome to mix, mingle and enjoy a variety of light hors d’oeuvres provided by Whole Foods Market Sugar Land. The show will follow the reception from 8 – 8:45 p.m.

    “Catwalk on City Walk is a perfect ‘Girls’ Night Out’ activity and it benefits a charity that provides a great deal of help to women and families, including those women undergoing treatment for breast cancer,” said Sonnier.

    The fashion show also serves as a kick-off for Pretty in Pink Town Square, a free community event scheduled for Friday, October 19th from 6 - 9 p.m., that will feature live music, kids’ activities and more.   Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and the Fort Bend Junior Service League have partnered with local breast surgeons Sandra Templeton, M.D. and Kelly Dempsey, M.D., to host Pretty in Pink Town Square, and more than $75,000 has already been raised by sponsors.

    Visitors to Sugar Land Town Square on the evening of October 19th will be able to see and sign their names on the famous pink fire truck that travels across the country as a part of the “Pink Heals Tour.”

    Former Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance president Gail Parker, who is also a breast cancer survivor, will be the keynote speaker and will discuss how being optimistic helped her stay positive during her breast cancer treatment.

    Pretty in Pink Town Square will feature the variety band Radio London, a moonwalk, face painting, magician, balloon artists and more.  After sundown, Town Square will be lit up in pink to honor all cancer survivors.

    To learn more about the Catwalk on City Walk or Pretty in Pink Town Square, visit  To donate to Pretty in Pink today, visit and click on the pink button. 

    Kimberly Sprague, physician relations coordinator at MSLH; Kaelyn Bujnoch, marketing coordinator at MSLH; Wende Lewis Buckley, PCD Management LLC, managing director; Amy Saenz, physician liaison at MSLH; Shana Sonnier, PCD Management LLC, marketing and event manager and Marcia Barham, physician liaison at MSLH.

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