The Woman’s Hospital of Texas to Affiliate with West Houston Medical Center

December 17, 2010

HCA Gulf Coast Division announced today that West Houston Medical Center (WHMC) and The Woman’s Hospital of Texas (TWHT) are forming an affiliation that will provide women in West Houston convenient access to TWHT physicians specializing in high risk pregnancy.  The affiliation will be known as The Woman’s Hospital of Texas at West Houston and launches in January 2011.

“Our facilities are committed to providing the highest level of healthcare to all of the communities we serve. We believe that this partnership between two of our finest facilities will enhance the services and capabilities we have to offer to women and infants in this area,” said Maura Walsh, President of HCA’s Gulf Coast Division.

Through this affiliation, patients in West Houston will be able to obtain the high standard of care long associated with The Woman’s Hospital of Texas without having to leave their community. The Woman’s Hospital of Texas is home to nationally recognized Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists (MFM). MFMs are physicians who have obtained three years of additional education and training in the complications a pregnant woman might encounter. MFMs are also specialists in ultrasound evaluation and helping high-risk moms maintain their pregnancies. MFMs from Houston Perinatal Associates (HPA) will office at West Houston Medical Center to consult on high-risk pregnancies.

“The Woman’s Hospital of Texas celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2011. Through this affiliation we continue to grow to meet the needs of women and babies right in their own community.” says Linda Russell, CEO, The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. “The physicians who founded our hospital have been pioneers in establishing a standard of care for women and we are pleased to have the opportunity to bring the expertise of our MFM physicians to the excellent program at WHMC.”

WHMC began a $70 million expansion project to increase women’s, cardiovascular, surgical and critical care services in September, 2009. $30 million of the $70 million dollars in capital is being spent on expanding women’s services. Women’s services will be added to a new second floor on the south side of the facility above the Emergency Department (E.D.) and will include all new Labor and Delivery Rooms, Postpartum Rooms, as well as a new Newborn Nursery and level II Nursery.

“We have developed this joint strategy with TWHT as we prepare to open our new Women’s Services,” said Todd Caliva, CEO, West Houston Medical Center. “We are looking forward to growing our facility to meet the needs of the many communities served by our physicians and employees.  As we work together with TWHT we will elevate and enhance our already high level of women’s services.

The media is invited to attend The Woman’s Hospital of Texas at West Houston Open House and Tour.

When:

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

6:00 p.m. (ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.)

Where:

West Houston Medical Center
12141 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77082

(Please enter through Registration Entrance located on the back side of hospital near Gamma Knife)

Who:

Interviews are available with administrators and other key physicians and staff. Please call April Lord (WHMC) 832-549-3200 or Aimee Braswell (TWHT) 713-702-5589 for more information. Visit www.sweetexpectations.net for all the information about our newest addition.

About the Woman’s Hospital of Texas

The Woman’s Hospital of Texas is an acute care hospital located near the Texas Medical Center with 397 licensed beds and home to nearly 600 board-certified physicians. The hospital was established in 1976 by a group of doctors who recognized the need for a facility focused solely on the care of women and infants. In keeping with this vision, Woman’s offers a full range of women’s services, including breakthrough developments in minimally invasive surgery and urogynecology as well as an antepartum unit, 36 labor and delivery rooms, a medical surgical unit and 124-bed Levels II and III Neonatal Intensive Care nurseries. Since its inception, Woman’s has welcomed nearly 200,000 babies into the world and delivers more babies in Harris County than any other hospital.  Well equipped to handle everything from preemies weighing less than 1,500 grams to high-order multiples, the hospital   garners recognition for its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as well as its impressive outcomes for its tiniest patients. Visit our website at www.womanshospital.com

About West Houston Medical Center

West Houston Medical Center is a 222-bed full service hospital located on Richmond Avenue just east of Dairy Ashford.  The hospital has served the community for more than 20 years with 24 hour emergency services; an open heart surgery program; neurosurgery program; inpatient and outpatient surgery and diagnostic services; women’s services; wound care and many more.  In Sugar Land , the Sugar Land Cancer Center and the Sugar Land Diagnostic Center are located on the Southwest Freeway at the Williams Trace and Sugar Lakes exit.  The diagnostic center and the cancer center facilities are departments of West Houston Medical Center. Visit us at www.westhoustonmedical.com

About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, cancer centers and diagnostic imaging facilities.  It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas residents and businesses.  HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include 12 hospitals, 7 ambulatory surgery centers, 4 free standing emergency centers, 5 imaging centers, 5 cancer care programs and a Regional Transfer Center.  The Regional TransferCenter provides ground and air patient transportation to and from any HCA Houston Affiliated Hospital and any other healthcare facilities.  For more information visit our website at www.hcahouston.com