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Breastfeeding Support Group Now Offered at CFMCH4/25/2012

What are the benefits of breastfeeding? How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk? How do I increase my milk supply? How can I pump and store breast milk?

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital now offers a free breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers to share and learn about breastfeeding in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. The group meets the first and third Thursday of each month from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in Cy-Fair Hospital Professional Building 1, classroom 2, which is located at 11302 Fallbrook Drive. Discussions are led by Jocelyn Possehl, lactation consultant at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. The support group is not exclusive to hospital patients and welcomes all expectant and new mothers.

“These meetings are a wonderful opportunity for expectant mothers to talk with breastfeeding mothers, and for everyone to learn about breastfeeding basics and share their breastfeeding experiences,” says Possehl. “Breastfeeding not only creates a strong bond between mother and child, but also has many benefits. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients to help your baby grow into a healthy toddler. Mothers who breastfeed may have a reduced risk for developing type 2 diabetes, postpartum depression, and breast or ovarian cancers.”

Support group discussions cover a variety of breastfeeding topics, such as returning to work, overcoming challenges, breastfeeding in public, and starting solids and breast feeding. New mothers are encouraged to bring their babies; classes are organized by the age of the infant, from newborn to six months. For more information about the free support group, call 281-897-3334 or visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Support.

CFMCH Welcomes New Food and Nutrition Services Provider4/1/2012

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is proud to welcome Culinary & Nutrition Solutions as the new food and nutrition services provider of the hospital. We look forward to seeing the new and exciting developments in the menus and food delivery systems in the coming months.

CFMCH to Offer Amputee Support Group8/17/2011

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is proud to offer the Amputee Support Group, a monthly support group meeting focused on providing support and education to individuals affected by limb loss. The first meeting for patients, families, and caregivers will be Monday, September 12, 2011 at 6:30 p.m., and the Amputee Support Group will continue to meet the second Monday of each month.

According to the Amputee Coalition, 507 people lose a limb each day, largely due to vascular-related diseases. More than 2 million Americans live with limb loss and that number grows by 185,000 each year.

Support groups are an important part of the recovery process for amputees. They provide an invaluable place for new amputees and their family members to connect with others who have overcome similar challenges. Here, they can learn healthy coping strategies and practice skills in a supportive environment.

The Amputee Support Group’s first meeting taking place at 6:30 p.m. on September 12, 2011 will be held in the Cy-Fair Professional Building 1 Classrooms located at 11302 Fallbrook Drive on the hospital campus. For more information on joining the support group, please go online to www.CyFairHospital.com/Support, visit Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital’s Facebook site, or contact the Therapy and Rehabilitation Center at Cy-Fair Hospital at 281-897-3590.

CFMCH Employee Selected as One of Texans Ultimate Fans8/13/2011

Diana Petisca may not dye her hair blue and red for a Houston Texans football game, but she does dress in blue scrubs over a red Texans shirt – and sometimes even has the team’s logo painted on her face – when she goes to work at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital as the evening shift supervisor in the Imaging Department. Petisca’s enthusiasm for all things related to the Houston Texans recently earned her recognition as one of the 10 winners in the team’s “Your Story. Your Glory.” fan contest. As a winner, Petisca’s smiling face will appear on over 61,000 tickets for the August 15 game against the New York Jets. This first game is themed “Spirit of Service,” and Petisca is a shining example of service at the Cy-Fair Hospital.

Petisca uses her love of the Texans to connect with patients that come to her department for X-rays and other tests. She often talks about football with them during procedures to ease their anxiety about a test or health condition. Petisca has found that having something in common to talk about with patients helps her identify with them and gets their minds off why they are at the hospital.

“The regular scrubs have a Texans logo that isn’t big enough for everyone to see because it is only about two inches across. I don’t want people to miss my Texans logo, so I special order patches online that are about twice that size and then have a friend sew them on my scrubs,” says Petisca. “When patients see it, it’s easy to start a conversation about the team, coaches, or players. I just love talking football with them and helping them feel less anxious.”

In addition to attending games, Petisca enjoys playing fantasy football with fellow co-workers in the Imaging Department during her down time.  Petisca goes to some training camps, autograph signings, Texans All Access events, and Football 101 training sessions. She also is a member of the Battle Red Ladies, which is a group of lady Texans fans. Petisca sometimes has a Texans logo painted on her face when she goes directly to the hospital for work after attending a football game.

In addition to her picture, the Texans invited Petisca for a very special presentation at the first home game of the season. Prior to kick-off with the Jets, the Texans have asked Petisca to come down on the field during game introductions, where she will be awarded “Homefield Advantage Team Captain” for that game. The Texans owner, Bob McNair, will present her with an official Texans jersey. Petisca is very excited to stand on the sidelines as the announcers introduce the players just before kick-off. “This will be a personal dream come true Monday night! I can't wait!” beams Petisca.

“I have been a Texans fan since day one, when they unveiled the team name and colors,” says Petisca, whose husband nominated her for the contest. “We went to the first Texans game in 2002, which they won, and we bought a couple of tickets that year and the next. Then we decided to become permanent seat license holders. I love going to games and shouting to support our players. The Texans is an outstanding organization.”

Free “Jump into Good Health for the New School Year” Event7/15/2011

Getting kids ready for school means more than just buying a new backpack and filling it with notebooks and pencils. Children also need to be healthy and ready to go on their first day of school. That’s why Cy-Fair Emergency & Imaging Center is hosting a free “Jump into Good Health for the New School Year” day on Saturday, August 6 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The health day will be held at Cy-Fair Emergency & Imaging Center, which is located at 27126 Highway 290 at Mueschke Road.

The free event will include a teddy bear check-up, healthy lunch and snack demonstration, giveaways, and car seat safety check. Children and parents also can learn about bicycle safety while they enjoy music and entertainment provided by Radio Disney, refreshments and cold treats.

Cy-Fair Emergency & Imaging Center, which is a department of Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, provides 24-hour emergency care as well as comprehensive diagnostic imaging services and laboratory services. The Emergency Center is equipped to care for a wide range of emergency medicine needs and is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The Imaging Center offers diagnostic imaging services on an outpatient basis for a wide range of medical conditions and injuries.

For more information about Cy-Fair Emergency & Imaging Center, visit www.CyFairERandUrgentCare.com.

A Marine in Afghanistan Sees the Birth of His Son at Cy-Fair7/14/2011

A distance of more than 7,900 miles and a time difference of nine-and a-half hours did not keep Lance Corporal Preston Luke Jones from seeing the birth of his son, Preston Myles Jones, on April 23, 2011. That was the day his wife, Sarah, delivered their first child at 9:18 a.m., Houston time, at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.

An Unexpected Delivery Day
Myles was born one month early through an emergency cesarean section. Sarah was admitted to the hospital the day before the birth with blood pressure problems that made the procedure necessary.

Yet, while LCpl Jones may have missed his first wedding anniversary and younger brother’s high school graduation, he was able to be a part of his son’s early birthday by being logged into Skype™ from his station in Afghanistan and by a laptop computer in the operating room. Sarah’s mother held the webcam during the birth so that LCpl Jones was able to see his son’s face even before his wife did.

Staying in Touch Overseas
“The delivery was the first time that I had seen Luke since he left, even though we had talked on the phone and e-mailed,” says Sarah. “I feel very blessed that we were able to use Skype™ so that Luke could witness the birth of his son. I’m also taking lots of photos of Myles to send to him via e-mail, and I’m posting them on Facebook, too.”

LCpl Jones, who is part of the 123rd Marine battalion, left for his tour of duty in January 2011 and is expected to return home sometime in the fall. This was his first overseas tour after already serving two years of active duty, two years in the reserves, and almost two years in the ready reserves.

Expert Care Ensures Healthy Mom and Baby
Despite being born early, at 5 pounds, 10 ounces, Myles did not require any special medical care. Sarah also recovered from the birth without any complications and was able to take Myles home from the hospital with her.

“Myles is a good baby, he sleeps well, and has already gained 10 ounces since he was born,” says Sarah. “We are looking forward to all being together and attending Champion Forest Baptist Church as a family. And since Luke and I are both musically inclined—I play the violin and French horn and he sings—we want to be able to play music together at home for our son.”

To learn about the maternity services available at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, call 800-681-2733 or visit www.CyFairBaby.com.

New Food Plate Encourages Healthier Eating, More Balanced Diet6/20/2011

The new food plate recently unveiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is designed to help Americans eat a healthier, balanced diet with an emphasis on vegetables and fruits.  This new visual nutrition guide uses colorful, easy-to-read graphics with proportionate sections for fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and a separate segment for dairy. The food plate replaces the food pyramid, which had been used since 1992.

“The food plate is great because it depicts a good balance between carbohydrates (grains, fruits and vegetables), protein and fat that the body needs ” says Sudha Chittaluru, M.D., internal medicine physician on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “It gives a better idea at a glance of what you need to have in your diet, especially fruits and vegetables along  with grains, protein and dairy  versus the pyramid and is also easier to understand.”

The design of the food plate incorporates several basic messages to encourage a healthy diet, including balancing calories, increasing certain foods, and reducing other foods. The plate is divided in half fruits and vegetables, and half grains and protein, with dairy on the side. The USDA recommends making at least half of grains whole grains, switching to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk, and drinking water instead of sugary drinks.

“It is important to remember to have a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables along with other carbohydrates,  protein and fat” adds Dr. Chittaluru. “The food plate will help individuals to choose the right kind of foods that promote better overall health.”

For more information about making healthier choices in your diet, nutrition and health conditions, and nutrition for children, teens, older adults and pregnant women, visit www.CyFairHospital.com/GoodNutrition.  

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital Among Top 5% in Nation for Emergency Medicine4/15/2011
A study released this week by HealthGrades, a leading independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, named Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital a recipient of the Emergency Medicine Excellence Award™, ranking them among the top five percent in the nation for emergency medicine for the second year in a row.
 
“Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital truly cares about our patients and neighbors here in the northwest Houston area, and it shows through the quality of health care services we provide day in and day out,” says Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer. “We are proud to accept the Emergency Medicine Excellence Award™ for the second consecutive year, and aim to continue to improve the level of care that is available close to home for Cy-Fair and surrounding communities.”
 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has improved access to emergency services deep into the community with the opening of an off-campus 24-hour emergency facility, the Cy-Fair Emergency & Imaging Center, earlier this year. The center, which is a department of the hospital, brings the same level of emergency medicine care as well as a wide range of diagnostic services to Cypress, Waller, Hempstead, and other northwest areas at its location at 27126 Highway 290.
 
The Emergency Department at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and the Cy-Fair Emergency & Imaging Center are staffed by board certified emergency medicine physicians and equipped to care for emergencies from cuts and bruises to heart attacks and strokes. Cy-Fair has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and accredited as a Cycle III Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
 
The Emergency Medicine Excellence Award™ is one of many recent quality designations Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has received. Last month, Cypress Fairbanks was named among the top 10 Best Hospitals for the Houston metro area by U.S. News and World Reports, and was the highest ranked acute care hospital outside of the Texas Medical Center according to the report.
 
The findings of the HealthGrades study are based on an analysis of more than seven million Medicare patient records from 2007 to 2009. HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals study focused on 12 of the most common and life-threatening medical emergencies among that patient population, including heart attack, stroke, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.
 
“In the case of a medical emergency, patients need to get to the closest emergency room as fast as possible. No exceptions,” said Dr. Rick May, study co-author and HealthGrades Vice President of clinical quality services. “That said, we encourage patients to prepare in advance by identifying top-performing hospitals close to home. Our research shows that it’s not just the care you receive the moment you arrive that makes the difference between life and death, but the hospital’s ability to continue to provide you with the right care at the right time if you need to be admitted.”
 
To learn more about Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital’s award-winning care, visit www.CyFairERandUrgentCare.com or call 800-681-2733.
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital Recognizes Contributions of Auxiliary Members During National Volunteer Appreciation Week4/13/2011
 During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital would like to thank the nearly 120 men and women of the Auxiliary for their outstanding dedication and contributions that make a difference each and every day in the lives of patients and guests at the hospital. Since its opening in 1983, the hospital has watched the bond between its staff and devoted volunteers grow into a lifetime of friendship. Members of the Auxiliary have provided more than 375,000 hours of service over the years and helped make their community and the hospital a better place in many ways, such as escorting patients, performing clerical duties, staffing the gift shop, designing craft projects during the holidays, awarding scholarships to students eager to pursue a health care career, and lending a helping hand in the intensive care unit, pharmacy or emergency room.
Three volunteers who truly exemplify the willingness of every member of the Auxiliary to go above and beyond to help those around them are Myrna Wansik, Phyllis Dominik and Pauline Bankston. All three are charter members of the Auxiliary who together have served more than 27,000 hours of service for the hospital.
Pauline Bankston heads the Baby Cap Committee for the Volunteer Auxiliary, a small group of volunteers who spend hours upon hours sewing, decorating, and folding tiny embellished hats for each baby born at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. Each cap receives personal attention from Pauline and the volunteers on her committee as they adorn them with coordinating pom-poms and decals to represent the different holidays and seasons in the year.
“As a hospital employee, former patient, and someone who works closely with the Volunteer Auxiliary, I truly can attest to the amazing role that these women play in the Cy-Fair Hospital culture,” explains Nadia Saqr, marketing manager and volunteer services coordinator for the northwest Houston hospital. “I cannot tell you how touching it was to receive an adorable baby cap for my son when he was born. Not only is it a special keepsake of this memorable event, but it helped keep him warm and cozy while he was in the neonatal intensive care unit. Pauline and her team put tremendous care and attention into the making of the caps.” Pauline recently received her service pin for having reached over 11,000 hours of volunteer service.
Phyllis Dominik will soon be joining Pauline Bankston in this service milestone, having volunteered over almost 11,000 hours as well. Phyllis can regularly be seen throughout the week helping visitors in the gift shop find the right gift for their family member or friend that is in the hospital. She works tirelessly behind the scenes to support the gift shop’s team assisting with merchandise purchases and inventory management, and is always willing to help train new volunteers that come onboard. “Phyllis’ dedication to the gift shop and to the overall volunteer program goes beyond all bounds.  In her role she serves patients, visitors, employees and fellow volunteers alike and all benefit from her generosity,” says Lisa White, Associate Administrator.
When not busy in the gift shop, Phyllis enjoys working on other projects for the Volunteer Auxiliary, including taking part in the Crafts Committee, which is a group of volunteers that creates special craft projects to be given to patients that are hospitalized over the holidays, and in the Baby Cap Committee.
Myrna Wansik is one of the friendly faces you see when you enter the hospital. She volunteers at the Information Desk and helps patients and visitors find their way around the hospital. Coming to the hospital can be a trying situation for many, but compassionate volunteers like Myrna help provide a comforting smile and caring gesture when it is needed most. “Myrna Wansik’s kind personality can really help put you at ease and make you feel welcome,” added Lisa White. “As a mainstay of our hospital for over a quarter of a century, Myrna has helped create the very compassionate, friendly atmosphere that Cy-Fair is known for in the community.”   
All three ladies have expressed over the years how lucky they feel having met so many people and made so many close friends by volunteering. They serve as amazing role models for other volunteers, and have a special place in the hearts of hospital patients, visitors and staff.
Lisa White is one of the original hospital employees and vividly recalls that first hospital orientation back in 1983. “I began my career here overseeing public relations and volunteer services. My first day of work I had a list of 30 names and phone numbers of individuals in the community who had called while the hospital was under construction inquiring about volunteer opportunities. I was shocked that people had already called to volunteer and we were not even open yet! Many were volunteers in the Texas Medical Center and were excited to finally have a hospital in their community. Pauline, Phyllis and Myrna were among the first that called and attended our first volunteer orientation only one month after the hospital’s opening.”
“I relied as much on them to build the program as they did me. This was an exceptional group of individuals who gave so much of themselves for the good of their community. That first group was small and to think that almost 30 years later these ladies are still here is amazing. I feel so blessed to be associated with them for all these years. It is this same group that hosted my first baby shower back in 1986 and brought meals to my home when pregnancy complications kept me at home a couple months. We truly are a family,” adds Lisa White.
                Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is very fortunate to have a team of devoted volunteers to help meet the health care needs of the community. Volunteers have the opportunity to experience and explore the health care environment by learning new skills and strengthening old ones. For more information about volunteering, visit the hospital website at www.CyFairHospital.com or call 281-897-3186.
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital Ranks among Top Houston Hospitals in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Metro Area Rankings3/31/2011
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has been ranked eighth in Houston in the U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/hospitals.
 
The rankings recognize hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties. U.S. News created Best Hospitals more than 20 years ago to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the difficult cases.
 
“We are incredibly honored to be ranked among the top 10 hospitals in the Houston area, and to be the highest ranked acute care community hospital outside of the Texas Medical Center by the U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals report,” says Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer of the 181-bed hospital in northwest Houston. “Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital strives for health care quality excellence, and this ranking is a testament to our commitment to our patients and to our community.”
 
According to U.S. News, the metro area rankings are relevant to a much wider range of health care consumers than the nationally ranked Best Hospital report. Patients and their families will have a far better chance of finding a U.S. News-ranked hospital in their health insurance network and might not have to travel to get care at a high-performing hospital. “Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is in-network with over 50 major health insurance plans, helping ensure patients can receive quality, cost-effective care close to home in the northwest community,” adds Wheeler.
 
To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties.
 
“All of these hospitals provide first-rate care for the majority of patients, even those with serious conditions or who need demanding procedures,” says Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “The new Best Hospitals metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major metro area.”
 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has been recognized by a number of independent health care ratings organizations for clinical excellence including:
  • Primary Stroke Center certification from the Joint Commission
  • Accredited Cycle III Chest Pain Center from the Society for Chest Pain Centers
  • Ranked among the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for emergency medicine by HealthGrades for 2010
  • Ranked among the top 10 hospitals in Texas for overall critical care services by HealthGrades for 2011
 
For the full list of metro area rankings visit www.usnews.com/hospitals. To learn more about Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, visit www.CyFairHospital.com or call toll-free 800-681-2733.
Am I at Risk for Colorectal Cancer?3/4/2011Colorectal cancer is one of the 5 most common cancers in men and women in the United States. While the exact cause of most colorectal cancers is unknown, there are certain known risk factors. A risk factor is something that affects your chance of developing a disease. Some risk factors, like smoking, can be controlled while others, such as your age, can't be changed.

Factors that may increase your risk of colon cancer include:

  • Older age. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50.
  • African-American race. African-Americans have a greater risk of colon cancer than do people of other races.
  • A personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps.
  • Inflammatory intestinal conditions. Long-standing inflammatory diseases of the colon, such as Crohn's disease, can increase your risk of colon cancer.
  • Family history of colon cancer and colon polyps. You're more likely to develop colon cancer if you have a parent, sibling, or child with the disease.
  • Low-fiber, high-fat diet.
  • A sedentary lifestyle. Getting regular physical activity may reduce your risk of colon cancer.
  • Diabetes. People with diabetes and insulin resistance may have an increased risk of colon cancer.
  • Obesity. People who are obese have an increased risk of colon cancer when compared with people of normal weight.
  • Smoking.
  • Alcohol.
  • Previous radiation therapy for cancer. Radiation therapy directed at the abdomen to treat previous cancers may increase the risk of colon cancer.

Free Colorectal Cancer Take-Home Screening Kit
Thanks to colorectal cancer screening, polyps can be found early and removed before they turn into cancer. Early detection is a key factor in improving survival rates from colorectal cancer. Call 877-763-9467 for free take-home screening kit. Supplies are limited. Limit two kits per household.

Cy-Fair to Open Emergency & Imaging Center2/18/2011Sprains, strains, and chest pain. Access to quality medical care for you and your family is now closer to home. Construction is currently underway on a new Emergency Center and Imaging Center located right in the heart of the Cy-Fair community at Highway 290 and Mueschke Road. The Cy-Fair Emergency & Imaging Center, which is a department of Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, is slated to open on March 22, 2011 and will provide advanced care in a cozy, beautifully-decorated atmosphere with easy access from Cypress and neighboring communities.

The Emergency Center will be ready to care for your health care needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Staffed by board certified emergency medicine physicians and registered nurses, you will receive the same high level of care that you encounter at the Cy-Fair Hospital Emergency Department. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital was, in fact, ranked among the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for emergency medicine in 2010 according to HealthGrades, a leading independent health care ratings company.

 Like the Emergency Department at Cy-Fair Hospital, the new Emergency Center will be equipped to care for a wide range of emergency medicine needs. Staff at the center are specially trained with a systematic and multidisciplinary approach to patient care allowing physicians to reduce the time to treatment during the early stages of a heart attack or stroke, when treatments are most effective. The team will consult with highly trained neurologists through Specialists on Call, an advanced telecommunications system referred to as telemedicine, that provides 24/7 access to stroke consultation support.

An extension of the Imaging Department at Cy-Fair, which is accredited by the American College of Radiology for a number of imaging modalities including computed tomography (CT), mammography, and ultrasound, the Imaging Center will offer comprehensive diagnostic imaging services to diagnose a wide range of medical conditions and injuries. X-ray, ultrasound, CT, bone densitometry, and digital mammography services as well as laboratory services will be available for emergent and outpatient diagnostic testing needs at the new center. The Imaging Center will have a dedicated waiting area for patients with modern, comfortable accommodations.

And because the Emergency Center and Imaging Center are affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, you will receive the same in-network benefit coverage from your health insurance plan as you would if you were visiting the hospital. Cy-Fair is in-network with over 50 major health insurance plans to help you focus on getting back to health. 

To learn more about the new center, call 800-681-2733 or visit www.CyFairHospital.com.

Cy-Fair Hospital Sponsors Cy-Fair Educational Foundation’s “Salute to Our Heroes”2/16/2011 

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital was proud to sponsor the Salute to Our Heroes, a special program hosted by the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.  This year Cy-Fair Hospital was a Major General sponsor, continuing their commitment in helping support the Foundation and its initiatives.

Salute to Our Heroes is an annual event that honors the brave men and women who have served to preserve our freedom and liberty. Proceeds from this event went to an endowment in the memory of fallen soldiers, enabling graduating students from Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District to attend college.  

“Cy-Fair Hospital believes in the importance of honoring our heroes and is proud to be a part of such a wonderful event,” said Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer of Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. 

Cy-Fair Hospital has been serving the Cy-Fair community for over 28 years.  For more information on Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, visit www.CyFairHospital.com or call 800-681-2733.

Caregiver Forum Helping Connect Families with Resources, Education and Support2/10/2011

     The Senior Services Program at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital will host the next seminar of the quarterly “Caregiver Forum” series on Thursday, March 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cy-Fair Professional Building Classrooms located at 11302 Fallbrook Drive. Families, friends, and health care providers of aging patients are welcome to attend to learn how they can start being more proactive in their roles as caregivers. This informative event will feature a panel of speakers including physicians and other hospital experts such as Mansoora Sheikh, MD, Geriatrics; Lurraine Lima, Geriatric Care Manager; the Alzheimer’s Association; and Jan Pickett, JD. Topics to be discussed will focus on preventive health, geriatric care management, and inspiration. 

     Contact Cy-Fair Hospital at 800-681-2733 to register for this free seminar. Space is limited, so call to reserve your spot today. Refreshments will be provided. 

Healthy Teens Can Be Healthy Adults by Taking Care of Their Health1/21/2011Let’s face it. Teenagers are probably more interested in texting their friends, going to a high school game, or hanging out at the mall than thinking about how to stay healthy. But the decisions they make today about a whole host of behaviors will make a big difference once they become adults. That is why it is important for teens to stay healthy now so they won’t be fighting certain chronic diseases when they get older.

“Healthy habits that start young will pay off in the long run,” says Clara Osuji, M.D., internal medicine physician on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “Using tobacco at a young age, for example, can increase the risk for heart disease, cancer or stroke in adults. Just like studying for a test ahead of time can help you get a better grade, being healthy as a teenager can help you be a healthier adult.”

Dr. Osuji offers the following tips for teens on how to stay healthy:

  • Don’t let peer pressure push you into using any kind of tobacco product, alcohol, drugs or sex.
  • Exercise regularly and see your doctor for routine medical checkups.
  • Always wear a seat belt when in a car and use protective gear as necessary when participating in sports activities.
  • Do not drink and drive. Do not get into a car with someone who has been drinking.
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean meats. Try to limit sweets and high-fat foods.
  • Talk to your parents, doctor or school counselor if you are feeling especially sad or depressed.

“It may be difficult or embarrassing to talk to someone about a health issue you are having, but as your doctor, physicians are there to listen to you and to help you get back to health. When it comes to your health, there is no such thing as a stupid question.” adds Dr. Osuji. “By making mindful lifestyle choices and getting the support they need, teens can safeguard their health so they can enjoy spending time with friends and family and leading successful lives as adults.”

For a referral to a physician who has expertise in caring for teenagers, call the free physician referral service at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital at 800-681-2733 or visit www.cyfairhospital.com/physician.

Sunscreen Needed During Winter Months Too1/14/2011

You may not feel the warmth of the sun on your face in the winter, but you could still be experiencing the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays. “Most people think that they don’t need sunscreen when it is cold outside, but they do,” explains Dr. Tejas Desai, DO, dermatologist on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “UV light refracts at a higher index in water than in air. During these cold winter days as light is shined through the clouds - which are full of water - then light, as it reflects back on our skin, may be of a higher intensity than what you experience on a clear, hot summer day.”

So even if you have put away the swim suit and shoved your sandals to the back of the closet, you should keep sunscreen handy when you go outside. “Skin that is exposed should be protected year-round,” says Dr. Desai. “If you’re going outside, use sunscreen that has a sun protection factor, or SPF, of at least 30 and reapply it every two to three hours to reduce the risks for skin cancer and premature aging.”

Dr. Desai advises those who participate in winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, to be especially vigilant in protecting their skin. While ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which are responsible for sunburns and skin cancer, are not as strong during the winter months, ultraviolet A (UVA) rays typically remain steady and also can contribute to skin cancer and skin aging. In addition, winter sports often take place at higher elevations and UV rays reflect off the snow.

“Even if you’re not hitting the slopes, at least wear a moisturizer with sunscreen when you go outside in the winter,” adds Dr. Desai. “And don’t forget that lips and eyes need protection too. So take some lip balm with you and wear sunglasses that not only help prevent cataracts, but also reduce the risk of developing skin cancers around the eyes.”

For a free referral to a dermatologist, call the physician referral service at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital at 800-681-2733.

Cy-Fair to Open Free-standing Imaging Center in Cypress1/12/2011

Leading imaging technology and quality medical care for you and your family are now closer to home. Construction is currently underway on a new Imaging Center located at Highway 290 and Mueschke Road in northwest Houston. The center is a department of Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, the acute care hospital located on FM 1960 near Jones Road that has been caring for the community since 1983.

The Imaging Center will begin serving patients in late March 2011. It will be adjacent to a new Emergency Center, which is also a department of Cy-Fair Hospital, to help provide easy access to advanced care for Cypress and neighboring communities.

“Comfort, convenience, and quality are all important things when you or your loved one is ill,” says Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer of Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “We are proud to offer families of our community all this and more by bringing advanced diagnostic imaging services right to their backyard.”

An extension of the Imaging Department at Cy-Fair Hospital, which is accredited by the American College of Radiology for a number of imaging modalities including computed tomography (CT), mammography, and ultrasound, the Imaging Center will offer comprehensive diagnostic imaging services to diagnose a wide range of medical conditions and injuries.

X-ray, ultrasound, CT, digital mammography, and bone densitometry services as well as laboratory services will be available for emergent and outpatient diagnostic testing needs at the new center. The Imaging Center will feature a dedicated waiting area for patients with modern, comfortable accommodations.

Imaging studies performed at the Imaging Center at Highway 290 and Mueschke Road will be reviewed by board certified radiologists on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. The center will offer the Picture Archiving Communication System, also known as PACS, a secure system that allows physicians the ability to access the results of their patient’s imaging study from any computer so the next step in treatment can be determined in a timely manner.

“The community-based Imaging Center will allow patients to focus on receiving the diagnostic testing they need and on getting healthy with the benefits of Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital - hospital-quality care, hospital-trained physicians and staff, the hospital’s extension In-Network coverage - without a visit to the hospital,” adds Wheeler.

As a department of Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, the Imaging Center will offer the same In-Network benefits as the hospital with over 50 major health insurance plans. A full list of insurance plans accepted at Cypress Fairbanks facilities can be found online at www.CyFairHospital.com in addition to news and developments on the new Imaging Center.

Making Fitness Goals a Reality in the New Year1/5/2011

Happy New Year! Did you make a resolution to get fit? If so, you’re not alone. Improving physical fitness is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. And for many good reasons. Regular exercise can decrease the risk for heart disease and stroke, lower bad (LDL) cholesterol and triglyceride levels, reduce the chance of developing high blood pressure, help lose weight, and build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints.

Getting started with an exercise program begins with setting your exercise goal and talking to your doctor about your fitness plans. Do you want to lose weight, get in better shape, or reduce your risk for heart disease? Once you have determined that, your next step involves choosing the types of exercise that will meet your goals. If you want to build strong bones to fight osteoporosis, weight-bearing exercise such as walking may be a good choice. Ultimately, the most effective fitness program involves exercises that you enjoy so it will be easier to commit to a regular exercise routine. And remember to pick a time of day that works with your schedule. By making exercise a priority, you will be more likely to keep going.

But sometimes even the best-laid plans need to be adjusted. You may have started out the year with the best intentions only to be sidelined by an unexpected injury. Don’t let that stop you. Before you hang up your walking shoes and cancel that gym membership, contact Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital’s Therapy and Rehabilitation Center for a complimentary sports injury assessment by highly trained therapists. After the initial assessment, recommendations are provided regarding treatment. For more information or to schedule an appointment for a free assessment, call 281-897-3590.

For tips on getting fit and healthy this year, visit the “Health Resources” section at www.CyFairHospital.com.

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital Receives Certificate of Distinction as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission12/28/2010Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital recently received the Certificate of Distinction for Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. The designation recognizes the hospital’s extraordinary efforts in providing stroke services in a comprehensive manner.

“This recognition highlights our ongoing commitment to caring for stroke patients from the moment they enter the hospital through rehabilitation,” says Cindy Hudgens, RN, BSN, cardiovascular and stroke program coordinator at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “Our patients can be assured that we are using the most advanced equipment and latest therapies and treatments to help them achieve long-term success and improve outcomes.”

Primary Stroke Center certification is awarded by The Joint Commission based on the effective delivery of quality care to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients. Cy-Fair first received recognition as a Primary Stroke Center in 2008, and according to The Joint Commission’s guidelines for the program, will undergo a site survey every two years to evaluate the hospital’s stroke care. Hospitals must comply with national standards as well as demonstrate a systematic approach to care delivery and a commitment to performance improvement through ongoing data collection and analysis. The certification program was developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and is based on the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers.”

In addition to being designated as a Primary Stroke Center, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital also received a five-star ranking for clinical excellence in the treatment of stroke in the Eleventh Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, as well as the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Silver Plus Achievement Award for delivering quality care for stroke. For more information about stroke services at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, visit www.cyfairhospital.com or call 800-681-2733.

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital Ranked in Top 10 Percent10/25/2010Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has been ranked in the top 10 percent in the United States for critical care and pulmonary care by HealthGrades, a leading independent health care ratings organization. The findings were published last week in an analysis of the nation’s nearly 5,000 hospitals that were included in this sweeping study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data from 2007, 2008 and 2009.

The Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes from nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records over a three-year period. According to the report, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital received several distinguished awards and high ratings for numerous services lines, which include the following:

  • Ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for critical care services in 2011 and ranked tenth overall in Texas.
  • Named a recipient of the HealthGrades Critical Care Excellence Award™. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is one of 204 hospitals in the country – and only 11 in Texas – to be awarded this recognition.
  • Ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for pulmonary care services for the seventh year in a row.
  • Named a recipient of the HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ for the seventh year in a row. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is one of 396 hospitals in the country – and only 25 in Texas – to receive this honor.
  • Received the highest possible 5-star rating for treatment of pneumonia for five years in a row.
  • Received the highest possible 5-star rating for treatment of sepsis for five years in a row.

Earlier this year, Cy-Fair was also awarded the HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award™ and ranked among the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for emergency care, and was awarded the HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award™ for the third consecutive year and recognized as the only hospital in northwest Houston to receive a five-star rating for clinical excellence in maternity and neonatal care for seven years in a row.

“These designations validate the dedication of our clinicians, caregivers and physicians and reflect our ongoing commitment to making quality health care our top priority,” says Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “Going forward, we will continue to provide the high level of care that our patients and their families deserve with advanced technology and outstanding customer service.”

American households are now outspending private business and second only to the federal government as the largest payer of health care services. So it is not surprising that patients are now researching quality information that at one time was only available to hospitals themselves. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital wholeheartedly supports all efforts to make quality outcomes available to the community.

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has undertaken several initiatives over the course of the past year to support the continued delivery of high quality care, including the opening of a new Joslin Diabetes Center, having all private patient rooms, installing easy-to-use registration kiosks for patients, opening a second location to offer screening mammograms, and launching a nurse residency program. In addition to the HealthGrades awards, the hospital also recently received the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence Designation from the American College of Radiology (ACR), accreditation for a number of diagnostic imaging service from the ACR, recognition as a Level II Primary Stroke Facility by the Texas Department of State Health Services, and Cycle III Chest Pain Center accreditation status from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

More information on the HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com.To learn more about Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, visit www.CyFairHospital.com or call toll-free 800-681-2733.

Flu Shots Available October 1 for $2010/1/2010Each year approximately 200,000 people become so sick from the flu that they have to go to the hospital and 36,000 die from the flu and complications. The best way to avoid the fever, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, and tiredness caused by the flu is to get a flu shot.

Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center will be providing low-cost, annual flu shots to the community beginning Friday, October 1, while supplies last.  Anyone age 9 and up is eligible and the cost is only $20. The Urgent Care Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is necessary. The Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center is located at 9110 Barker Cypress Road, near West Road.  Cash and check are accepted for the flu vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual vaccination because strains of flu virus change from year to year. October or November is the best time because infection-fighting antibodies that protect against the flu take about two weeks to develop in the body. But even if you wait, a flu shot may still help prevent illness since the flu season can last until May. It is important to remember that a vaccination does not offer complete protection against illness, but if you do get the flu afterwards, you are less at risk of developing flu-related complications.

The seasonal flu vaccine will protect against three influenza viruses that are expected to be most common during the upcoming season. While everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine, it is especially important for some people to receive a vaccine because they are at high risk of having serious complications. These groups include pregnant women, people 50 years or older, those with certain chronic medical conditions, and people who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities.

For more information, call 281-517-9900 or visit www.CyFairUrgentCare.com.

Cy-Fair Receives Breast Imaging Center of Excellence Designation9/23/2010

The Women’s Imaging Center at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital recently received the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). This accreditation recognizes the hospital’s voluntary participation in a rigorous review process to ensure that it has met and exceeded nationally accepted patient care standards for women’s imaging services. Cy-Fair is one of only seven Breast Imaging Center of Excellence facilities in Houston.

Breast imaging services at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital are fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that this facility has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

“This designation reflects our ongoing commitment to excellence in breast health and it is an honor to receive this recognition with Breast Cancer Awareness Month just on the horizon,” says Beth Blythe, RT (R)(M), manager of the Cypress Fairbanks Women’s Imaging Center. “This accreditation means that our patients have access to safe, accurate, and effective care, and that they can rely on our caring staff to deliver the most accurate results possible using modern equipment.”

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs for focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology, as well as the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Cypress Fairbanks Women’s Imaging Center offers a wide range of services designed specifically for women, all delivered in a caring and sensitive environment. The dedicated team of radiologists, technologists, and support staff educate women about breast health and provide highly specialized breast imaging services. “We are proud to deliver a higher standard of care for our patients and to do our part in helping detect breast cancer earlier when treatments are most effective,” adds Blythe.

For more information about Cypress Fairbanks Women’s Imaging Center or to schedule a mammogram, call 281-897-3121 or visit www.CyFairWomensImaging.com.

Local Doctors Caring for the Community9/20/2010

 At Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, physicians and hospital personnel treat patients and visitors as if they are an extension of their own family. In many cases they actually are because almost 70 percent of staff both live and work in the area and they ultimately care for their neighbors, acquaintances, friends and family members. This strong sense of community is reflected in the decision made by numerous physicians on the hospital medical staff to return after completing medical school, internship or residency to the vicinity where they grew up to practice medicine.

Some of these physicians on the medical staff, which is comprised of more than 400 physicians, include (pictured from left to right):

Rashmi Sheshadri, MD
Family Medicine
Cy-Fair High School
Class of 1992

Ranjit Grewal, MD
Family Medicine
Jersey Village High School
Class of 1991

Elizabeth Fowler, MD
Pediatrics
Klein Forest High School
Class of 1992

John Nguyen, MD
Cardiology
MacArthur Senior High School
Class of 1994

Lillian Howard, MD
Family Medicine and Geriatrics
Jersey Village High School
Class of 1981

Huy “Mike” K. Nguyen, MD
Family Medicine
Cy-Fair High School
Class of 1989

It’s no wonder these physicians and many others chose to return to Cy-Fair. Cy-Fair is a unique community that has much to offer its residents: good schools and educational institutions; abundant options for housing; plenty of opportunities for dining, shopping, and entertainment; and recreational, social, and spiritual activities for people from all walks of life. It is also home to more than 700,000 people in one of the fastest growing areas of Texas.

For more information about services offered at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital visit www.CyFairHospital.com or call 800-681-2733 for a free referral to a specialist on the medical staff.

ER, Urgent Care Average Wait Times Now Live on Website8/24/2010Patients going to the emergency department (ED) at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital or Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center will not have to wonder how long their wait might be before receiving care. Now they can find out before they ever leave the house by checking online at www.CyFairHospital.com for the average door-to-bed wait times at the hospital and urgent care center.

Wait times reflect a rolling two-hour average and are updated every five minutes based on information from a statistical tracker system that automatically displays and updates the wait time online. Door-to-bed wait time is the average time it takes for a patient to be escorted to a treatment room after their arrival. The goal is for patients to see a health care professional in 30 minutes or less from the time of arrival.

“Going to the emergency room can be stressful enough when the patient is in pain or discomfort,” says Mary Ann Provost, director of Critical Care Services at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “We believe posting wait times online is a benefit for our community so patients can have a better understanding of how long their wait might be before they arrive.”

The wait times are posted for patients with relatively minor medical conditions, such as minor sprains or fevers. Patients with potentially life-threatening health issues should call 9-1-1 so they can receive immediate care in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. Upon arrival to the Emergency Department, your estimated wait time is subject to change, as patients will be seen as quickly as possible in an order based on the severity of illness or injury. Patients with serious medical emergencies, such as chest pain, stroke or traumatic injuries, are always seen immediately.

“This technology helps us address one of the most common complaints about hospital emergency rooms – long wait times,” adds Provost. “Patients typically find that their visit to the hospital or urgent care center will be less stressful when they know ahead of time how long they may have to wait.”

The emergency department at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation according to a recent study released by HealthGrades, a leading independent health care ratings organization. As a result, Cy-Fair Hospital is a proud recipient of the HealthGrades 2010 Emergency Medicine Excellence Award™. In addition to a caring and talented emergency team that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the hospital provides advanced equipment and technology, including magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography scanning located in close proximity to the emergency department.

Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. to care for patients of all ages. Located at 9110 Barker Cypress near West Road, the center provides convenient access to medical care for non-emergency problems, such as small cuts, sore throats or ear infections. No appointments are necessary. The center is staffed by experienced physicians, nurses and allied health professionals to provide quality care to the community.

Hospital Employee Receives Recognition8/23/2010Angelic McDonald, CRA, MSRS, RT, assistant director of Imaging Services at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, recently passed the Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) examination to become one of fewer than 720 people nationwide who have earned this designation. McDonald is now one of 7 people in the greater Houston area who are CRA certified.

“Angie is a consummate professional. She is always at the leading edge of what is current in the Imaging world,” says Jan Terry, administrative director of Ancillary Services at the hospital in northwest Houston.  “As a result, she has developed, in conjunction with the radiologists on our medical staff, a program which helps assure our patients receive the absolute lowest dose of radiation possible to obtain the needed information. This assures the patient has a quality examination with minimum radiation exposure. She is constantly thinking of ways to provide our patients with more quality and in a safer environment.”

The CRA designation is the only professional credential developed specifically for radiology administrators. The CRA program, which includes the examination, is managed by the Radiology Administration Certification Commission, a self-governing body created to maintain the integrity and relevance of the designation. Successful exam candidates are able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of five areas that relate to daily job activities, including human resource management, asset resource management, fiscal management, operations management, and communication and information management.

“I would like to congratulate Angie on this achievement,” adds Sherry Worsham, RT (R)(M), director of Imaging Services at Cy-Fair Hospital. “She works very hard and is instrumental to the success of the Imaging Department. She is a great resource for her peers and she encourages staff to always do more.”

Calling All Entries for Bra Art Showcase to Support Breast Cancer Awareness7/30/2010

Get creative and thread a needle, fluff a few feathers, prepare your paints or string some beads. Bras for a Cause showcase and silent auction presented by Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Cypress Fairbanks Women’s Imaging Center invites individuals of all ages to create a decorated piece of bra art that represents the fight against breast cancer. There is no charge to enter the event. Entry forms and complete details are available at www.CyFairWomensImaging.com. All bra art entries should be turned in to Cy-Fair Hospital by Wednesday, September 1.

“We believe that this is a fun and exciting way to raise awareness about breast health by decorating the garments that support them,” says Beth Blythe, R.T. (R)(M), manager of Cypress Fairbanks Women’s Imaging Center. “Through this event we hope to educate women in our community about the importance of regular mammograms to help diagnose cancer at an earlier stage when treatments are more effective.” Early detection is one of the most powerful tools in fighting breast cancer.

Bras for a Cause bra art pieces will be displayed in a showcase and then sold by silent auction at the Copperfield Women’s Club Shop Til You Drop Marketplace at the Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress in booths 6A and 6B, on Saturday, September 11. Proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to the Cy-Fair division of the American Cancer Society. This organization is a non-profit health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through various programs including cancer research, education, and patient services.

The bra showcase is meant to be fun and whimsical while providing an important health message to the community. Bras should be selected and decorated in a manner that is tasteful; no inappropriate or offensive entries will be put on display or auctioned for this program. Entries will be accepted from individuals, businesses or groups.

All Bras for a Cause art entries and participants will receive special recognition in an upcoming edition of the hospital’s “About Your Health” print newsletter and electronic newsletter, in a press release, and on the Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and Cypress Fairbanks Women’s Imaging Center websites and social media sites.

Cypress Fairbanks Women’s Imaging Center provides comprehensive imaging care in two convenient locations in the northwest Houston community that are designed to cater to the specific needs of women. The center is accredited by the American College of Radiology and is staffed by an experienced, caring group of radiologists, pathologists, and professionally trained technologists to offer comprehensive diagnosis and support.

For more information about the Bras for a Cause showcase and silent auction, visit www.CyFairWomensImaging.com.

7/30/2010

 

Expanded Hours at Urgent Care Center7/30/2010

Can’t see your doctor as soon as you would like? Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center is now open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. to care for patients of all ages. The Urgent Care Center, which is located at 9110 Barker Cypress near West Road, provides convenient access to medical care for non-emergency problems. No appointments are necessary and the center is staffed by experienced physicians, nurses and allied health professionals to provide quality care to the community.

The center can provide fast medical care for patients experiencing less severe problems who would typically have to wait in a traditional emergency room setting. The newly expanded hours allow patients to see a doctor without an appointment for medical problems that need immediate attention, such as minor sprains, small cuts, sore throats, fevers and ear infections. 

In addition to urgent care services, the center offers screening mammograms to provide easy access to breast health care services to community members. Appointments and physician’s orders are not required for a screening mammogram, but the patient must have physician contact information on file so results can be provided back to their doctor.

Also available at the Urgent Care Center are pre-employment health care services and treatment of work related injuries for area businesses.

Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center is in-network with over fifty major health plans to help families focus on getting back to health, and not on unexpected medical charges. For additional information about Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center, visit CyFairUrgentCare.com or follow us on Facebook for health tips, event information, and more.

All Private Rooms to Ensure Comfort, Enhance Care7/26/2010

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital now offers all private rooms so patients are able to rest and recover in a more healing environment. “Having all private patient rooms allows us to better serve the needs of our community. Converting to all private patient rooms is not only about comfort, but also involves privacy and confidentiality issues.,” says Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer of the hospital in northwest Houston. “Sharing a room with someone else could make it difficult for a patient to visit freely with their family, to talk openly with their physician about a medical issue, or to even feel comfortable about watching TV when they want. But all private rooms give patients the access to the comfort and privacy they need so they can concentrate first and foremost on their health.”

The newly configured rooms will feature private bathrooms, flat-screen televisions, large windows that allow plenty of natural light, and ample space for visitors. The room renovations follow other building projects that have been completed at Cy-Fair Hospital to update and modernize its facilities. The hospital’s front lobby and Outpatient Surgery lobby were recently renovated and expanded and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit was constructed to handle the specific needs of neonatal patients.

For more information about services provided at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, call 800-681-2733.

First Class of Versant Residents Graduate from Cy-Fair7/7/2010


A recent recognition ceremony was held to honor the first group of Versant RN Residents at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. These residents completed the 18-week RN Residency Program. 

Versant (pronounced Ver-sent) is a comprehensive, evidence-based onboarding of new graduate nurses that helps them gain the experience, judgment, skills, and confidence they need to navigate the complexity of hospital life.  Designed by nurses for nurses, the Versant RN Residency prepares newly graduated nurses by organizing and overseeing all aspects of their experience.  They are supported both professionally and emotionally by a network of senior nurses who act as preceptors, mentors, and debriefers at Cy-Fair Hospital.  

“I would like to thank the entire hospital for their contributions to the program,” says Cyndie Salmons, Director of Staff Development and the Residency Program Manager at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “We wish our new RNs the very best as they continue their new nursing careers here at Cy-Fair.” 

The hospital’s next cohort began July 6th.  For further information or to enroll in Cy-Fair Hospital’s Versant RN Residency Program, go to www.CyFairHospital.com/Versant.

 

[Photo caption: The first cohort of Versant Residents at CFMCH includes (from L to R) Maria Pedraza, Pamela Towns, Deborah Barnhart, Katie Keevill, Wanda Thompson, Michelle Cortinas, Saima Badat, and Lisa Lloyd.]

Cy-Fair Ranked in Top 5% for Emergency Care6/23/2010

An injury, an illness, a heart attack, a stroke…no one plans for an emergency to affect you or your family. When it does occur, you want to have access to outstanding health care services close to home to get the care you need fast. That’s where Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital comes in.

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center’s emergency medicine care has been found to be among the top 5% in the nation according to a new study released by HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization. As a result, Cy-Fair Hospital is a proud recipient of the HealthGrades 2010 Emergency Medicine Excellence Award™.

“With the CDC showing that 50% of hospital admissions are now beginning with hospital emergency rooms, it’s more important than ever for hospitals to reach the level of excellence achieved by those in the top 5% of this study,” said Rick May MD, a vice president with HealthGrades and co-author of the study. “Those living in a community with a top 5% hospital in emergency medicine should feel extremely confident that, should an emergency arise, they will receive top-notch care.”

The accolades are based on HealthGrades’ analysis of data from hospitals nationwide for emergency patients suffering from the following conditions: bowel obstruction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetic acidosis and coma, gastrointestinal bleed, heart attack, pancreatitis, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, respiratory failure, sepsis, and stroke. Collectively, these results were risk-adjusted and reviewed to determine the top performing hospitals and Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital was identified as one of them.

“Cy-Fair’s commitment to high quality care is echoed through the many distinctions we have received,” says Terry Wheeler, Chief Executive Officer at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “We are extremely proud to serve our community.”

Following are just a few of the awards Cy-Fair has received:

-          Primary Stroke Center certification from the Joint Commission

-          Cycle III Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers

-          Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

-          2010 HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award

-          2010 HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award

For a full list of quality awards and for more information on our award-winning emergency care, visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Emergency or call 800-681-2733.

Cy-Fair Volunteers Award Scholarships to Local Teens6/23/2010 

At Cy-Fair Hospital, our Volunteers make an impact not only on health care today by the help they provide day in and day out at the hospital, but also on the health care of the future by supporting the health care professionals of tomorrow through their scholarship program.

Each year, the Volunteers raise money through bake sales, contests, gift shop sales, and other events. These proceeds go towards the Volunteer Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. Then, local graduates who are going into health care are encouraged to apply to receive a scholarship towards their studies.

This year, four teens were chosen, and each received a $3,000 scholarship. Thien-An Nguyen, who graduated from Cypress Ridge High School and plans to attend the University of Texas to study pharmacy; Maryiam Saifuddin, who graduated from Cypress Springs High School and plans to attend the University of Chicago to study biology; Caitlin O’Brien who graduated from Cypress Creek High School and plans to attend the University of Texas to study biology; and Dayron Rodriguez, who graduated from Cypress Springs High School and plans to attend the University of Texas to study biochemistry, were this year’s recipients.

“As an Auxiliary, we are very proud to be able to grant these scholarships to deserving students each year,” says Toni Wessley, Auxiliary president. “Aside from caring for our patients, the hospital, and guests who come into our hospital everyday, awarding these scholarships is one of the main purposes of the Auxiliary.”

Congratulations to our 2010 scholarship recipients! For more information on our volunteer program, please visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Volunteer.

Dr. Bery Wins Patients’ Choice Award for 2nd Year in a Row6/16/2010 

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is pleased to announce that Tarang Bery, MD, an anesthesiologist on staff at the hospital, has received a Patients’ Choice Recognition Award from Consumer Research for the 2nd year in a row.  Dr. Bery has been on staff at CFMCH for 10 years. 

This honor reflects the difference Dr. Bery has made in his patients’ lives through the exceptionally high praise granted to him by his patients.  Every month, patients across the United States rate various components such as bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, degree of follow-up, courtesy of office staff, and overall opinions.  Of over the 720,000 active doctors in the nation, less than 6% are awarded this high esteem by their patients.

“It is an honor to receive the Patients’ Choice Award again this year,” says Dr. Bery.  “I am proud to be the kind of doctor my patients’ feel they can trust and that they would grant me an award such as this.”

CFMCH is honored to have physicians such as Dr. Bery on our staff.  Visit www.CyFairHospital.com to learn more about our hospital or call 800-681-2733 for a physician referral. 

Cy-Fair Hospital Earns Several American College of Radiology Accreditations6/8/2010
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is proud to announce that it was recently awarded accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR) for a number of its diagnostic imaging services.

The following imaging modalities at Cy-Fair received the accreditation: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Nuclear Medicine, Mammography, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, General Ultrasound, Obstetric Ultrasound, and Gynecological Ultrasound.

The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report. 

To learn more about the imaging services available at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital visit www.CyFairImaging.com or call 800-681-2733.

HPV and Cervical Cancer: Cy-Fair Hospital is raising awareness with a free seminar6/4/2010
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital wants to help women become more aware of their health and give them the tools needed to succeed.  Nearly 12,000 women in the United States learn they have cervical cancer each year. But cervical cancer is preventable and you can help protect yourself, or your daughter, from developing this serious form of cancer.

The Link Between HPV and Cervical Cancer
The cervix is the lower, narrow part of the uterus. Cancer of the cervix occurs when cells begin to grow abnormally, dividing at a faster than normal rate.  “Most cases of cervical cancer are found in women younger than age 50, but the disease rarely occurs in those younger than age 20,” says Stephanie Smith-Sham, MD, OB/GYN on the medical staff at Cy-Fair Hospital.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes most cases of cervical cancer. Both men and women can unknowingly have HPV and pass it to another person. “You can reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer by preventing HPV infection and having routine Pap tests,” suggests Dr. Smith-Sham.

“The Pap test or Pap smear checks for changes in the cells of the cervix. Samples of the cells from inside and outside of the cervix are taken during a pelvic exam by your doctor or nurse,” explains Dr. Smith-Sham.  “This test should be done regularly as suggested by your doctor to help you and your health care provider stay proactive in addressing any health concerns that may develop, such as cervical cancer.”

A vaccine has been developed to prevent spread of the HPV virus, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the vaccine for females through age 26. The vaccine must be given in three doses over a six-month period.

The Importance of Prevention
Despite increased screening, the American Cancer Society still estimates over 4,000 women will die from cervical cancer this year. “You can help your daughter take action to prevent cervical cancer through vaccination or to receive treatment if it is detected early through regular screening,” adds Dr. Smith-Sham. “Cervical cancer is a difficult condition to live through, but resources and services are available to help you better understand the risk factors and options for prevention.”

Talk to the Doctor about Your Concerns
Want to know more about HPV and cervical cancer? Or interested in learning about the importance of regular screening to help foster good health habits in your daughter at an early age? Join Cy-Fair Hospital for a mother and daughter seminar on Saturday, June 26 at 9 a.m. in the Professional Building I Classrooms (11302 Fallbrook Drive). The seminar will include an open discussion designed to help learn what you need to know to protect your daughter from cervical cancer.

Call 800-681-2733 to register for this informative seminar. Complimentary breakfast and refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, so call to reserve your spot today.

Be Prepared this Hurricane Season6/4/2010
With the hurricane season now upon us, Cy-Fair Hospital wants to remind you to be prepared. Make sure to take time to create a disaster plan with your family and collect the supplies you would need during a storm.

“Hurricane season runs from June 1st until November 30th, and it is crucial that we prepare ourselves in the event that a hurricane does strike,” urges Terry Wheeler, Chief Executive Officer for Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “After seeing the damage that Hurricane Ike did, we urge our community to not take any chances.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends the following to prepare for hurricane season:

  • Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
  • Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
  • Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.
  • Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.
  • Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
  • Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
  • Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit (see more below)
  • Use a weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
  • Take First Aid, CPR, and disaster preparedness classes.

You should also prepare a Disaster Supply Kit, which should include the following:

  • Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
  • Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days, non-perishable items
  • Blankets / Pillows, etc.
  • Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
  • First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
  • Special Items - for babies and the elderly
  • Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
  • Flashlight / Batteries
  • Battery operated radio
  • Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
  • Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards
  • Keys
  • Toys, Books and Games
  • Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight re-sealable plastic bag
  • Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Pet care items, including proper identification and medical records

“We hope this hurricane season will be one of calm seas and minimal storm activity for our region,” says Wheeler. “However, we will keep close watch on any tropical developments so we can prepare to face any situation that comes our way – just as we have done for the past 27 years.”  

For more information on hurricanes and how you can prepare, visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Hurricane.

Is it an Emergency? When to Visit the ER Instead of Your Pediatrician5/26/2010
Children are active, adventurous, and curious. No matter how hard we try to avoid it, they are bound to get hurt or sick. Whether it’s a fever or a scrape on their knee, knowing that each situation is different and how to handle it is important. Some injuries can be handled at your pediatrician’s office, but others may require a trip to the emergency room. Cy-Fair Hospital wants to help you know the difference.

For many parents, it can sometimes be hard to tell how sick your child is. That’s why our staff recommends calling your doctor first if you are unsure, so that they can assist you in making the best decision.

Minor problems like colds, coughs, ear pain, fever, mild diarrhea, constipation, temper tantrums, sleep problems, and certain rashes may be dealt with by a pediatrician. In more severe injuries or illness like lingering diarrhea and vomiting, problems swallowing, rising fever, blood in urine or not drinking for more than 12 hours, you may need to take your child to the ER.

If the situation is life threatening, you should visit the emergency room. These symptoms can include:
•    Unconsciousness or no response when you talk to your child
•    Rhythmic jerking and/or loss of consciousness (a seizure)
•    Increasing effort or trouble with breathing
    Skin or lips that look blue, purple, or gray
    Neck stiffness or a rash with fever
•    Increasing or severe persistent pain
•    A cut that is large, deep, or involves the head, chest, or abdomen
•    Bleeding that does not stop after applying pressure for 5 minutes
•    A burn that is large and/or involves the hands, feet, groin, chest, or face
•    Any loss of consciousness, confusion, headache or vomiting after a head injury

At Cy-Fair Hospital, our ER is especially designed to care for children. We have a designated children’s waiting room, specially decorated children’s exam rooms, and doctors on hand to care for the special needs of your sick or injured child. Visit www.CyFairHospital.com/ER for more information.

Cy-Fair Hospital Part of OptumHealth Bariatric Center of Excellence Network5/24/2010At Cy-Fair Hospital, we have a comprehensive bariatric surgery program that has outstanding patient outcomes every year. We are pleased to announce that our surgical weight loss program has again been chosen to participate in the OptumHealth Bariatric Center of Excellence (COE) network.

The Clinical Sciences Institute of OptumHealth reviewed the most recent Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital bariatric survey data and determined that our hospital continues to meet OptumHealth’s clinical qualification for participation in the OptumHealth Bariatric COE network. At OptumHealth, quality in bariatric surgery remains the primary objective. 

“Bariatric surgery can help patients manage their weight and the various health conditions that accompany being overweight,” says Dee Siddens, RN, certified bariatric nurse coordinator at Cy-Fair Hospital. “We are proud to receive recognition from OptumHealth for our quality care and strive to improve the health of our community one patient at a time.”

The hospital’s program provides a full range of bariatric surgery care services, including inpatient and post-operative care, as well as outpatient follow-up and patient education. A dedicated bariatric surgery program coordinator, monthly support groups, and educational seminars are also offered to help guide patients through their weight loss journey. The program also recently received a three year designation from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital offers four commonly performed types of bariatric surgery: Roux-en-Y bypass, LAP-BAND® adjustable gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, and revisional surgery.

To register for a free informational seminar, for a referral to a bariatric surgeon, or for more information on the bariatric surgery program at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, call 1-800-681-2733 or visit www.CyFairHospital.com/WeightLoss.

*This surgery is designed for those with a body mass index equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities.

Cy-Fair Hospital Sponsors the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation’s B.F. Adam Golf Classic5/17/2010
This year the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF) will celebrate the 21st Annual B.F. Adam Golf Classic benefiting deserving Cy-Fair ISD graduates. Cy-Fair Hospital is proud to be the lead underwriter for this year’s tournament.

The golf tournament will be held at BlackHorse Golf Club on Thursday, May 20, 2010. The tournament will include a steak dinner, awards ceremony, and silent auction, and is one of the largest non-celebrity charity golf tournaments in Houston. 

The tournament was named after B.F. (Bernard Fred) Adam, a lifelong Cy-Fair resident and a devoted school board member, serving 24 years on the board. B.F. Adam Elementary on Honey Grove Lane is named in his honor.

The golf tournament has successfully raised $1.4 million for student scholarships since inception.  

Cy-Fair Hospital Sponsors the Lone Star College Foundation’s StarGala5/17/2010
Cy-Fair Hospital recently sponsored the Lone Star College Foundation’s annual StarGala. The event was held at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel on April 24, 2010 and included a reception, silent auction, dinner, dancing, and the honoree presentation.

The Lone Star College Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to support the students, faculty and programs of the Lone Star College System. Cy-Fair’s participation helped to raise funds necessary to make an affordable education accessible to all. Events such as the StarGala and the funds raised help change students’ lives, allowing them to receive the education and training needed to secure a quality job in our community.

Anissa Speight Recognized as the 2010 Cy-Fair Tenet Hero5/12/2010 

Cy-Fair Hospital is pleased to announce that Anissa Speight, Ultrasound Supervisor at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, has been selected as Cy-Fair’s 2010 Tenet Hero. 

As Tenet’s highest award for employees, the Hero Award recognizes exceptional employees whose dedication to going above and beyond for their patients, co-workers, and communities is evident every day.  Anissa joins honorees from Tenet’s 49 hospitals and outpatient facilities, regional and business offices, and corporate departments. 

Anissa is the go-to person for fetal ultrasounds at Cy-Fair Hospital. She has been with the hospital since early 2008. Prior to coming to Cy-Fair, Anissa was pregnant with her third child and noticed that the baby’s heart didn’t look right on an ultrasound. Further ultrasound examinations confirmed that her unborn child had a heart defect.

Her son’s heart defect led Anissa to a passion for all parents and children with heart defects. Anissa studied fetal heart anomalies along with the advanced research and treatments for children with heart defects. She spearheaded a change in hospital protocol so that obstetric ultrasounds would include complete cardiac anatomy. This expanded ultrasound takes only a few more minutes to perform and can help alert physicians if a fetus is in trouble. She serves on the national board of directors and chairs the medical advisory board for It’s My Heart, a national organization for congenital heart defects.

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital would like to congratulate Anissa Speight and all the Tenet Heroes for their achievement.

Cy-Fair Hospital and Cy-Fair Urgent Care Sponsor Safety Safari at Lone Star College5/11/2010 

Cy-Fair Hospital strives to be your community hospital of choice. That’s why when there is an opportunity to get involved in educating the community, Cy-Fair Hospital is there.

Cy-Fair Hospital and Cy-Fair Urgent Care are proud to sponsor the Radio Disney Safety Safari, an upcoming community safety and wellness festival for families. The festival will be held at Lone Star College – Cy-Fair on Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include family-friendly entertainment, safety and wellness exhibits, and demonstrations.

Cy-Fair Urgent Care will be on hand to talk to children and parents about first aid safety around the home and summer time safety tips.

Cy-Fair Hospital Staff Participate in MS 1505/7/2010 
Cy-Fair Hospital staff recently participated in the BP MS 150, a two-day fundraising cycling ride organized by the National MS Society: Lone Star during the third weekend of April. This ride is the largest event of its kind in North America and is also the single largest fund-raising event for MS research. In 2009, the event raised more than $17 million for multiple sclerosis.

This year, Team Tenet had 38 riders, 17 of whom were from Cy-Fair, and 12 volunteers, 7 of whom were from Cy-Fair. Cy-Fair Hospital held several fundraisers to help Team Tenet raise money, including a bake sale and rodeo-themed raffle. The team raised approximately $18,000 and is thankful for everyone who supported them during their fundraising efforts.

“I am proud to participate in an event that brings our Houston area hospitals together to support MS research,” says Melanie Roberts, Compliance Officer at Cy-Fair Hospital and the captain of this year’s team. “There are an estimated 20,000 Texans currently living with MS and one new American is diagnosed every hour.  Team Tenet is committed to being a part of the fight against MS through the bike MS movement.” 

The ride is a 180-mile journey for MS from Houston to Austin. The ride began Saturday morning at three convenient starting points, and Team Tenet started from Waller Stadium in Waller. Riders followed scenic roads into Bellville for lunch. Day 1 ended at the Fayette County Fairgrounds overnight in La Grange.  The overnight event was supported by volunteers who set up the sleeping tent so that the team could shower, eat, and relax for a few hours before getting up again at 5:30 a.m. to ride on day 2.  All of the food was prepared, packed, and cooked by dedicated volunteers who even cooked in the rain.

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital would like to congratulate all who participated in the MS 150 ride.

 

Cy-Fair Newsletter Awarded for Quality and Creativity5/7/2010
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is proud to announce that our community newsletter has won an award! About Your Health, Cy-Fair’s quarterly newsletter, was awarded the Gold Award from The 27th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards. Entries are judged on creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design, and overall impact.  A full listing of the winners can be found at www.hmrpublicationsgroup.com.  

“We are very honored that About Your Health has been recognized for this award,” says Nadia Saqr, marketing manager of Cy-Fair Hospital. “It is our goal to publish a community newsletter that the community will want to read and will be proud of.”

About Your Health is a free quarterly publication from Cy-Fair Hospital that includes health articles, tips, upcoming events, and more, and is mailed to homes in the area. To receive a copy of the newsletter call 800-681-2733.

When to See a Geriatrician5/6/2010May is Older Americans Month and Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital understands the importance of finding the right doctor for your health care needs. Sick children see a pediatrician. People who have cancer go to an oncologist. Those with shoulder pain could be referred to an orthopedic specialist. When the elderly are ill, they may benefit from seeing a geriatrician. A geriatrician is a physician who specializes in caring for older adults. They typically are board certified in internal medicine or family practice and have completed additional training to address the specific health needs of seniors.

“Not all people over 65 need to see a geriatrician,” explains Rebecca Whitelaw, Senior Services Liaison for Cy-Fair Hospital. “Health, not age, determines when to use this type of doctor.” Seniors in good health can continue to see their internist or family doctor. However, people with multiple chronic health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, memory problems, stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and vision or hearing loss, can benefit from a geriatrician’s expertise. That is because these physicians treat more than just physical ailments. “Geriatricians also evaluate the patient’s emotional health, social and family networks, lifestyle, community involvement, and entire medical history to help patients live as healthy and independent a lifestyle as possible,” says Whitelaw.

Geriatricians care for patients who are at risk for age-related problems, such as falls, incontinence, chronic pain, memory loss, confusion, arthritis, mobility issues, and medicine side-effects. “They are knowledgeable about managing multiple disease symptoms and often serve as the coordinator for a health care team,” explains Whitelaw. The health care team might include medical specialists as well as a physical therapist, occupational therapist, nurse, psychiatrist, nutritionist, pharmacist, and social worker who work together to ensure the patient’s optimal well-being.

Patients who may benefit from seeing a geriatrician are those who:
·                    Have multiple health problems and are over the age of 85
·                    Fall frequently
·                    Do not have a strong social network
·                    Need end-of-life care
·                    Have severe memory loss
·                    Have difficulty performing activities of daily living
·                    Require monitoring for medications
·                    Are a senior in frail health

For more information about seeing a geriatrician, call 800-681-2733 for a free referral to a specialist in your area. Visit www.CyFairSeniors.com for health tips during Older Americans Month.

Am I Suffering from a Stroke: Acting FAST Could Save a Life5/3/2010
May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and Cy-Fair Hospital wants you to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a stroke. During a stroke, quick detection and proper treatment can make a life changing difference. When this situation arrives, be sure you are taken to a facility in the Cy-Fair area that is highly recognized for treatment of both heart attack and stroke – Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.

Time is Critical
With a heart attack or stroke, minutes matter. Knowing what symptoms to look for and reacting quickly may save your life and may increase your chance for a successful recovery. Call 911 immediately if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:  

·         Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body   

·         Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding   

·         Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes   

·         Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination   

·         Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

A Simple Test
If you suspect someone else may be experiencing a stroke, act FAST.

  • Face – ask the person to smile – does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms – ask the person to raise both arms – does one arm seem lower?
  • Speech – ask the person to repeat a simple sentence – are the words slurred?
  • Time – if the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important – call 911!

Advanced Stroke Care
The Stroke Team at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, a team of specially trained physicians, nurses and staff, is called to action when a patient is exhibiting symptoms of a stroke. The team consults with highly trained neurologists, called Specialists on Call, via an advanced telecommunications system, referred to as telemedicine, to review each stroke patient’s condition and to quickly establish a course of treatment with the qualified specialists. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is the only hospital in northwest Houston working with Specialists on Call for stroke treatment, an important factor in being able to offer quality stroke care to the community.

Free Preventative Stroke Screening
Everyone is potentially at risk for stroke—even you. But once you understand your risk factors, you can make lifestyle changes that can significantly reduce your risk. Find out if you are at risk for a stroke with a free preventive screening that includes total blood cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, body mass index, and a personalized stroke risk assessment.

Date: Saturday, May 29
Time: 8 to 11 a.m.
Location: Cy-Fair Professional Building Classroom, 11302 Fallbrook Drive
Cost: Free

Call 800-681-2733 to reserve your spot today. Reservations are required and space is limited.

Cy-Fair Hospital to Begin Using New Equipment for GERD Patients4/27/2010
According to the American College of Gastroenterology, approximately 70 million Americans are affected by gastrointestinal disorders. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is always looking for the latest advancements in diagnosis and treatment for our patients, and a new monitoring tool for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is now available.

"GERD occurs when stomach acid leaks back into the esophagus, which can cause a burning sensation in the chest or throat,” explains Arturo Bravo, MD, gastroenterologist on the medical staff at Cy-Fair Hospital. “This acid can irritate and even damage the delicate lining on the inside of the esophagus. The most common symptom is heartburn, an uncomfortable burning sensation behind the breastbone, most commonly occurring after a meal.” Severe or chronic GERD may cause complications such as inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding of the esophagus, and overtime scarring or narrowing of the esophagus can occur.

Cy-Fair Hospital now offers the Bravo pH Monitoring System, which may be used for some patients in the place catheter-based monitoring systems.  “The Bravo system is the first non-catheter pH monitoring system and makes monitoring heartburn easier on the patient,” says Thang Le, MD, gastroenterologist on the medical staff at Cy-Fair Hospital. “It allows the patient to return home to go about normal activities while the monitoring occurs.”

The process involves a capsule being placed in the patient’s esophagus. The patient is able to then return to normal activities while the capsule begins immediately transmitting pH levels to a device worn on the waistband or belt. The patient records their symptoms and habits in a diary during the monitoring period and then returns to the doctor approximately 24 to 48 hours later. “With the data collected from the monitoring system along with the diary information provided by the patient, your doctor can determine a treatment plan that is appropriate for you,” explains Dr. Le.

“Cy-Fair Hospital is proud to be utilizing such an advanced technology,” adds Dr. Bravo. “It is our goal to make our patients comfortable, and the Bravo pH Monitoring System will allow us to do this more easily.”

If you think you may have GERD and would like to see a doctor, call 800-681-6733 for a complimentary physician referral.


Celebrate Mother's Day with a Mammogram and Free Gift4/27/2010
The American Cancer Society recommends that women over the age of 40 have a mammogram once a year.
Cy-Fair Hospital and the Cypress Fairbanks Women’s Imaging Center want to encourage you to celebrate Mother’s Day and celebrate life by having your annual screening mammogram on Saturday, May 8th. In honor of Mother’s Day, you’ll receive a free Bath & Body Works gift set* during your visit that day. Call 281-897-3121 to schedule your appointment. 

Breast cancer affects one in eight women in the United States. There is no one-size-fits-all diagnosis for breast cancer, so it is important for you to undergo regular screenings. Early detection is one of the most powerful tools in the fight against breast cancer.

The experienced, caring staff at the Cypress Fairbanks Women’s Imaging Center understands the importance and sensitive nature of breast health. Our facility provides a warm, inviting environment for you to receive advanced digital mammography services and support for your women’s imaging needs.

So take care of your health for the ones you love this Mother’s Day! Visit us online at www.CyFairWomensImaging.com to learn more about our services and amenities.

*Bath & Body Works is not affiliated with this promotion, with Cy-Fair Hospital, or with the Women’s Imaging Center. Retail value of the gift is $10. Offer good while supplies last.

 

Cy-Fair Hospital Offers New Easy to Use Registration Kiosks4/23/2010


A trip to the hospital, even for a routine test, can sometimes be a trying experience. But Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is taking steps to help make your visit as convenient and pleasant as possible.  That’s why we are pleased to announce that easy-to-use registration kiosks are now available during your hospital visit.

The kiosk services are available at the hospital’s main registration desk and Women’s Imaging Center to patients who have pre-registered for their visit at Cy-Fair Hospital on the Web or over the phone.  Kiosks can be used to complete the registration process, including verifying information, reviewing privacy policies, and signing consent forms. At a later date, scanning identification and insurance cards and paying insurance copays will also be available.  A registration attendant will be available to assist with any questions that patient’s may have with the kiosk or registration process. 

After completing the registration process at the kiosk, patients will be called by a clinical staff member and escorted for their procedure.  It’s that simple – a quick check-in, an easy-to-use process, and no having to wait for a registrar to become available.

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital strives to make health care easily accessible to the community. From online pre-registration and bill pay options to check-in kiosks and free Wi-Fi to complimentary physician referral services and free health screenings, we are committed to providing exceptional service to our patients, just as we have been doing for the past 27 years.

Cy-Fair Hospital encourages you to pre-register and take advantage of the convenience of registering at one of our new kiosks.  To pre-register, simply call 281-897-3121, or visit us online at www.CyFairHospital.com/Preregister.

 

Much like an airport kiosk, a pre-registered patient’s information can be located by swiping a driver’s license or credit card through the kiosk device to complete their check-in process.

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week4/21/2010
The week of April 18-24 is National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. At Cy-Fair Hospital, we believe every member of our team is an important part of what makes our hospital the community hospital of choice. Our lab is crucial in providing the testing that helps the medical staff diagnose and treat our patients. They also are on hand to help during community events and actively participate in employee programs. Thank you for all that you do!
Recognizing Our Volunteers4/20/2010
When you think of a hospital, your first thoughts might be of doctors and nurses. But more goes into making Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital the community hospital of choice – our volunteers. Auxiliary volunteers fill roles behind the scenes that add special touches to each patient’s stay.

During National Volunteer Week, Cy-Fair Hospital would like to thank the Volunteer Auxiliary for their continuing efforts and support of the hospital. The volunteers commit their personal time and talents to the hospital and to the community. Whether they are greeting patients and visitors, sewing pillows for heart surgery patients, making blankets for the Level III neonatal intensive care unit incubators, designing baby caps for the newborn babies, selling beautiful flowers and gifts in the gift shop, awarding scholarships to students eager to pursue a health care career, or helping the nurses and staff of the hospital, the Volunteer Auxiliary gives new meaning to the phrase “going above and beyond” to help those around them.

Since the hospital opened in 1983, the volunteers have served over 340,000 hours,” says Nadia Saqr, marketing manager and volunteer services coordinator at Cy-Fair Hospital. “People volunteer for many different reasons. Some want to learn new skills, meet new people, or explore career opportunities in health care, but they all have the same sense of community and want to do what they can to help their neighbors.”

The Volunteer Auxiliary is a non-profit organization that utilizes its donations and proceeds to benefit the community by awarding scholarships to students each year.  

For more information on becoming a volunteer at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, call 281-897-3186 or visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Volunteer.

PET/CT Imaging Now Available at Cy-Fair Hospital4/20/2010
Cypress
Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is proud to announce that we are now offering PET/CT imaging services at the hospital campus.

A dual-purpose imaging device, PET/CT is the combination of PET (positron emission tomography) and CT (computed tomography) imaging techniques within a single machine. The individual scans, which are taken virtually simultaneously, can be presented separately or as a single, overlapping, or "fused" image. The two techniques present different types of information about the human body: PET shows metabolic or chemical activity in the body; CT shows the body's anatomical structures.

PET/CT imaging is designed to provide a more reliable alternative to the traditional side-by-side visual comparison of PET and CT images. The unique clinical imaging modality allows for the diagnosis, staging and restaging of cancer patients. It can be used to differentiate post-treatment scar from recurrent tumors and to evaluate the effectiveness of radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

To schedule a PET/CT imaging study with a doctor’s order or for more information about PET/CT imaging, call 281-897-3121.
Cy-Fair Hospital Sponsors Local Soccer Facility4/12/2010
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Northwest Indoor Soccer Center in Houston. The hospital is committed to promoting fitness and healthy living to families in the community through education and quality health care services.

Part of the Cy-Fair Regional Health Network, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is a 181-bed acute care facility, offering an array of services and specialties including a Sports Medicine Institute, Therapy and Rehabilitation Center, a 24-hour Emergency Department and community based Urgent Care Center, and Surgical Services.

Northwest Indoor Soccer Center is an indoor soccer facility for adult and youth teams located at 14647 Walters Road. The facility is dedicated to providing a fun, well organized environment for community members.

For more information about Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and its sports medicine program, visit www.CyFairSportsMedicine.com.

Don’t Let Joint Pain Stop You in Your Tracks4/12/2010
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital announced that it now offers advanced image-guided surgery for orthopedic procedures of the hip and knee. Image-guided surgery, also known as computer-assisted surgery, allows your operating physician to make the slightest adjustments during the procedure that may help improve the results of your surgery.

“These procedures are designed to help your surgeon place the joint replacement implants with precision,” explains David Navid, DO, board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff at Cy-Fair Hospital. “A poorly positioned replacement can lead to early loosening, increased wear, and poor function, so the better the positioning, the more usable life you will receive from the replacement.” Other benefits include:

  • Reducing the risk of dislocation following hip replacement
  • Resulting in greater stability and range of motion of the hip
  • Restoration of function and decreased pain of the knee

“Computer-assisted surgery also allows for less-invasive surgical techniques in some cases,” adds Dr. Navid. “Minimally invasive procedures also have advantages, including reduced blood loss during surgery.”

The technology uses special tracking devices providing your surgeon with a comprehensive understanding of your joint mechanics in the operating room (OR). “Armed with this information, adjustments can be made within a fraction of a degree, helping to ensure improved overall function of your new joint,” says Dr. Navid.

As the surgeon moves an instrument within a patient’s joint, special infrared trackers calculate its position and wireless instruments transfer the data to a computer in the OR. “The information we receive from this technology helps provide us with an interactive model of your anatomy, including measurements and angles of your unique physiology,” adds Dr. Navid.

Cy-Fair Hospital currently offers the navigation technology from Stryker in knee replacement and hip replacement surgeries. To learn more about the Stryker navigation system and our orthopedic services, visit us online at www.CyFairHospital.com/Stryker.  If you are interested in a referral to an orthopedic specialist, please call 800-681-2733.

April Designated as Donate Life Month to Raise Awareness of Organ and Tissue Donation4/1/2010
April is National Donate Life Month, a time to focus attention on the importance of registering an organ and tissue donor via the Donate Life Texas Registry.  That’s why Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and LifeGift are partnering this April to address the critical shortage of organs for the nearly 10,000 Texans and the more than 105,000 Americans awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant and thousands of others who will need tissue transplants.   

In existence for almost four years, the Registry gives Texans the opportunity to say “yes” to help others one day in the future.  In addition, this past fall, the Texas Legislature passed the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, making it easier for Texans to express their consent to be organ and tissue donors. 

“Thanks to our partners like Cy-Fair Hospital, more Texans can learn how they can give others a second chance at life,” says Sam Holtzman, LifeGift president and CEO.  “Just one full organ and tissue donor can save the lives of 80 people.”

That’s right: one person’s organ and tissue donations can save the lives of up to 80 people. Multiple organs can be donated and harvested for use including: kidneys, hearts, livers, lungs, pancreas, intestines, corneas, skin, bones and/or bone marrow can be donated. Those who are part of an ethnic or cultural minority should especially consider being a donor because some minority populations are more susceptible than others to developing life-threatening diseases for which the only cure is organ transplant. For example, African-Americans and other minorities are three-times more likely to suffer from end-stage renal disease than Caucasians. While there have been successful cross-ethnic transplants performed, the success rate increases greatly with patients receiving organs or tissue from a donor of the same ethnicity.

Another form of organ and tissue donation is called living donation. More than 6,000 living donations are performed every year, making up about 44 percent of all organ donations. The donation of a kidney, lobe of a lung, or portion of one’s liver, pancreas, or intestine can keep loved ones off the donor list and able to get much needed transplants.

“It is important to take the initiative and become an organ donor,” says Alice Elledge, director of nursing at Cy-Fair Hospital. “Countless lives could be saved by your commitment.”

LifeGift works closely with hospital staff members on all aspects of donation, striving to ensure appropriate identification and timing for referrals of potential donors to the medical maintenance of the donor and recovery operation.  For families of donors, LifeGift provides information on the donation process, the placement of organs, progress of recipients, and the bereavement process. Regular correspondence continues for at least one year.

For more information about LifeGift and the Donate Life Texas Registry, visit www.lifegift.org.
Tips To Keep Your Family Safe from Injury this Spring3/31/2010 

Spring is upon us and outdoor activities are abound.  But before you take that morning ride on your motorcycle, spend time manicuring your lawn, or let the kids out to play, take a moment to remember safety comes first. E. Shawn Mansour, DO, board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in orthopedic trauma on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, has these tips for the outdoorsman or outdoorswoman in you this season.

 

Don’t underestimate the power of your garden power tools. A fresh cut lawn is a staple of springtime. Many of us achieve a pristine looking lawn with the many power tools available today like self-propelled lawnmowers and electric-powered hedge trimmers. Although convenient and easy to use, these powerful tools are also dangerous. “Many people suffer deep cuts, loss of fingers and toes, and broken bones as a result of improper use of lawnmowers and other gardening tools,” explains Dr. Mansour.

 

In fact, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission over 200,000 people – including approximately 16,000 children - were treated in a medical facility just for lawnmower-related injuries in 2007. “Lawnmower injuries can often result in partial or complete amputation of the affected area so it is incredibly important to take caution,” adds Dr. Mansour. Here are a few recommendations:

 

  • Never let children operate lawnmowers and keep children out of the yard while the lawn is being mowed.
  • No one other than the operator, regardless of age, should be allowed on a riding mower.
  • Be sure the motor is off before inspecting or repairing lawnmower equipment.
  • Do not tamper with safety release switches.
  • Keep your lawnmower in good working shape.
  • Remove stones, toys, and any other objects or obstacles from the lawn before you start mowing.
  • Protect yourself with gloves, goggles, boots, and long pants when you use lawnmowers.
  • Read the instruction manual before using or repairing the equipment.
  • Use caution when mowing hills, slopes, and uneven surfaces.
  • Keep hands and feet away from the machinery’s moving parts.
  • Do not leave the mower unattended while it is running. If you must walk away, shut off the engine.

 

Trampolines are not always fun and games. Bouncing and jumping on a trampoline can be fun for the whole family. But before you let your child on to enjoy the “spring” of this play equipment, consider the condition and supervision of the play area.

 

“Injuries from the use of trampolines can be significant if proper care and supervision are not in place,” says Dr. Mansour. “Common injuries include sprains and fractures, which usually result from a fall on the trampoline. Severe injuries can also occur. Although uncommon, a traumatic injury could even result in paralysis.” Follow these suggestions to help provide a safer play environment:

 

  • Trampolines should not be used unsupervised; competent adult supervision is needed for children at all times.
  • Only one participant should use a trampoline at any time. Multiple people could increase the risk of injury through collisions.
  • Someone should be present and attentive to spot the jumpers if they need assistance or lose their footing.  
  • The trampoline should be placed on a level, flat ground surface.
  • Make sure the support bars, strings, and landing surfaces have adequate protective padding.
  • Check the equipment regularly for any safety conditions.
  • Trampolines are not recommended for children under the age of 6 years old.
  • Remove trampoline ladders after use to prevent unsupervised access.

 

Don’t worry about how you look; safety is the # 1 game on the road. “Car and motorcycle accidents are a leading cause of multiple traumatic injuries for men and women of all ages. Be a defensive driver and know that your safety and the safety of those around you is in your hands,” says Dr. Mansour.

 

While it may not be “cool” to wear a motorcycle helmet or to be the one driving the speed limit on the highway, observing safety recommendations could mean the difference between life and death or a long-term struggle with rehabilitation and healing. “Even a low speed car accident could result in broken bones, sprains, and bruising that could take time to heal,” adds Dr. Mansour. Here are a few safety tips for the road:

·        Follow at a safe distance. A general rule of thumb is to allow at least two full seconds between your car and the one ahead.

·        Respect the yellow. Even if there isn’t a red light camera around, you should clear the intersection before the signal turns red. 

·        Avoid distractions like changing radio stations, loading CDs into the stereo, making phone calls, or texting while driving. Keep your focus on the task at hand – driving!

·        Don’t drive when you are tired. Some medications can cause drowsiness and make operating a vehicle very dangerous so plan ahead for a safe trip on the road.

·        Always use caution when changing lanes or merging onto a highway.

·        Wear safety belts properly while in the vehicle and make sure children are fastened in approved seating for their age and size.

·        If operating a motorcycle or other motor vehicle such as an ATV, wear a helmet and protective clothing.

If an accident occurs in the home or in the great outdoors, call 9-1-1 and seek medical treatment immediately. The Emergency Department at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is conveniently located in the community and is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Our team of emergency medicine physicians, surgeons, physician specialists, registered nurses, in-house paramedics, and ancillary staff are dedicated to getting you and your family back to good health.

The Importance of Having a Physical and Getting Recommended Screening3/31/2010
Did you know that most people don’t have a physical done regularly even though it can help them and their physicians identify any health concerns?  Cy-Fair Hospital believes that physicals are an important health tool in creating an overall map of your health, and getting a physical might just save your life.

Most physicals involve having your blood drawn, weight, height, and blood pressure recorded, getting any recommended screenings for your age, and talking to your doctor about your general health concerns.  So just what are the recommended* screenings?  It depends on your age, gender, and risk factors. 

Children:
Children's health screenings are similar to adult screenings and normally include height, weight and blood pressure checks, and possible hearing, vision, or dental checks.  Tests also normally include checks for the possibility of diabetes, tuberculosis, and anemia.

Other screenings might include tests of the spine, learning progress, and skin screenings to check for the presence of unusual moles or birthmarks.

It is recommended that children get dental check-ups at least once a year once they have several teeth and an initial vision screening by age three. Some pediatricians also give cholesterol checks to children if family history and circumstances warrant.

Women:
For women between the ages of 20 and 39, the following screenings are recommended:

  • Pelvic exam: yearly
  • Pap test: yearly until three satisfactory tests have been completed, and then at the doctor's discretion
  • Breast: at least every three years
  • Skin: at least every three years

For women between the ages of 40 and 49, the following health screenings are recommended:

  • Blood pressure: at least every two years, but usually checked at each visit
  • Cholesterol test: every five years
  • Skin exam: yearly
  • Breast exam: yearly
  • Pelvic exam: yearly
  • Pap test: yearly (or at the doctor's discretion)
  • Mammography: yearly
  • Fasting plasma glucose test: to check for the possibility of diabetes, every three years after age 45

After age 50, women should continue to have screenings based on recommendations from the previous years, with these additions:

  • Cholesterol: every five years until age 65, then every three years
  • Mammogram: yearly
  • Fecal occult blood test: yearly
  • Bone mineral density test: once as a baseline
  • Thyroid-stimulating hormone test: every 3-5 years starting at age 65
  • Colorectal cancer test: every five to ten years

Men:
For men between the ages of 20 and 39, the following screenings are recommended:

  • Blood pressure: at least every two years, but usually taken at each visit
  • Cholesterol: every five years
  • Skin exam: every three years

Men between the ages of 40 and 49 should have screenings for:

  • Blood pressure: at least every two years, but usually taken at each visit
  • Cholesterol: every five years
  • Skin exam: every year
  • Fasting plasma glucose test: to check for the possibility of diabetes, every three years after age 45

Men who are 50 years or older should continue to have screenings based on recommendations from the previous years, with these additions:

  • Cholesterol: every five years until age 65, then every three years
  • Digital rectal exam: yearly to check for the possibility of prostate cancer
  • Prostate specific antigen (PSA) test: yearly
  • Fasting plasma glucose test: every three years to test for diabetes
  • Colorectal cancer test: every five to ten years

Don’t have a doctor?  Call us at 800-681-2733 for a complimentary physician referral.  It’s the first step to getting on the path to good health, so schedule your physical today!

*Doctors may or may not recommend the screenings mentioned above in the time frames shown above, as each doctor is different.  These recommendations are meant to serve as general recommendations.

Is the Stomach Flu Really the Flu?3/24/2010 

Many people talk about the "stomach flu" when they're feeling sick to their stomachs, but in reality, it isn't the same as the flu. “Stomach flu or gastric flu is a common term for gastroenteritis which is inflammation of the digestive tract caused by viruses, resulting in acute diarrhea. It is not caused by influenza virus – but by other viruses – like norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, etc. – and spreads by contaminated food and water,” says Sujatha Anand, MD, family medicine physician on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. 

Symptoms of gastroenteritis can include stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Symptoms usually last a few days, and then begin to fade.  Children are especially vulnerable to this virus due to their frequent contact with germs and it is very important to keep them well hydrated during this episode,” explains Dr. Anand.

The best thing to do to help your child start feeling better is to encourage them to get plenty of rest.  Other things to help with their symptoms include not letting them eat solid foods if they are throwing up. Instead, have them sip fluids, such as water, or chew on bits of ice, or consider giving them an oral rehydration solution.  Oral rehydration solutions are a great way to replace fluids and nutrients lost through vomiting and diarrhea. It is safe for children and contains the right mix of salt, sugar, potassium and other nutrients to help replace lost body fluids,” says Dr. Anand. 

Once the vomiting has stopped, it is usually okay to let them begin drinking more clear foods and drinks such as warm chicken broth, popsicles, and gelatin. When they start to feel better, try having them eat bland foods like toast, pretzels or crackers, bananas, and plain noodles. “Once their digestive system begins returning to normal, children can ease back into eating what they normally do,” says Dr. Anand.

Gastroenteritis is contagious and can spread to other people.  “It is very important to teach good hand washing skills to your children, and to practice them yourself, especially before eating and after using the bathroom,” urges Dr. Anand.

“Stomach flu does not usually last long, but if the symptoms do not improve or become severe, it is important to check with your physician to be evaluated and treated appropriately,” adds Dr. Anand. If you or your child is sick with the “stomach flu,” visit your family physician. For a complimentary referral to a physician near you, call 800-681-2733.

Eating for Your Health during National Nutrition Month3/22/2010
The foundation of good health is the food we eat.  That’s why Cy-Fair Hospital wants to help you eat healthier during National Nutrition Month.  “It is important to control portion sizes, choose nutrient-rich foods, and maintain physical exercise,” explains Bimal Talati, MD, internal medicine physician on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.  “When your body gets all the nutrients it needs from a smaller portion of food, you are less likely to eat too much.” 

A well-balanced diet includes portions from all food groups including grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat and beans, healthy fats and oils, and some discretionary calories.  “It is important to remember there is no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to nutrition,” says Dr. Talati.  “Daily intake depends on many things such as sex, height, weight, and level of physical activity.”  For more information on your ideal daily nutrition plan, visit www.mypyramid.gov.

“It is important to remember to focus on the quality of the foods you and your family eat rather than the quantity,” says Dr. Talati.  By emphasizing nutrient-rich choices, you can lower both the portion size and lower your salt intake.  Don’t forget to exercise! 

To help your family eat healthier, it is important to understand the health benefits of eating certain foods:

  • Grains provide the body with energy and fiber.  When choosing grains, it is better to pick whole grains because they are more difficult for the body to digest.  This helps control blood sugar levels and may protect against heart disease. 
  • Fruits and vegetables are extremely nutrient-rich foods.  “Eating large portions of fruits and vegetables can decrease the chances of a heart attack or stroke and may protect against some forms of cancer,” explains Dr. Talati. 
  • Dairy products help build bones because they provide the body with calcium.  The body absorbs calcium through vitamin D, but most people need more vitamin D than is supplied by one glass of milk.  “It is possible to get calcium through a calcium supplement that includes vitamin D, however, check with your health care provider before trying anything new,” urges Dr. Talati. 
  • The meat and beans category also includes nuts, seeds, tofu, and eggs.  These protein rich foods can help reduce the risk of heart disease and provide the body with fiber. 
  • Did you know that some fats are good for your body?  Healthy fats and oils such as olive oil, canola oil, and peanut oil can improve cholesterol levels and may protect the heart from potentially deadly rhythm problems.  You can get these healthy fats from other sources too, such as nuts, seeds, avocadoes, and fatty fish like salmon. 

Healthy shopping is the key to healthy eating. Call 800-681-2733 to get a free, wallet-sized Healthy Grocery Shopping Tips Guide that may help you navigate the grocery store aisles with ease! The guide explains how to interpret nutrition information and what to look for when shopping for healthy foods. Supplies are limited.

Remembering Safety During Spring Break3/16/2010
Spring Break is finally here!  It’s time to forget about work and school and take a week of relaxation and enjoy the warmer days ahead. But wait – before you cool off in the water or get ready for a delicious picnic, check out these safety tips so your fun-filled break doesn’t include a trip to the hospital emergency room.

Keep your cool and drink lots of water to avoid heat-related illness. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. “Heat cramps, often caused by dehydration, can progress to heat exhaustion and potentially fatal heat stroke,” explains Ranjit Grewal, MD, Family Medicine physician on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. To protect your-self against the heat, stay indoors as much as possible, wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothes; eat well-balanced, light meals; and avoid strenuous work during extreme heat.

Be water wise and teach your children to swim. At the pool, swim under lifeguard supervision and obey all rules. Stay away from water intakes, drains or filters in pools and hot tubs since long hair or clothing could become entangled. At the lake, river or beach, swim only in designated areas. Don’t dive into shallow water and risk neck injuries or paralysis. If you get caught in an ocean current, swim parallel to shore and wait for the current to lessen.

Bake a cake, not your skin. Everyone needs some sun exposure. The emphasis is on “some” because too much sun can cause skin cancer, eye problems, weakened immune system, prematurely aged skin or unsightly skin spots.

“People with fair hair and complexion, or a personal or family history of skin cancer are at greatest risk of sunburn,” says Dr. Grewal. But regardless of skin color, everyone can take steps to be sun smart.

·        Do not use sunscreen on babies under six months old. Keep them out of the sun whenever possible or use an umbrella to create shade.

·        Try to stay out of the sun when rays are strongest, typically from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t be fooled by a cloudy day. Up to 80 percent of rays can penetrate even on an overcast day and reflect off water, sand and concrete.

·        Wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants and a hat to cover the skin and protect against harmful UV rays.

·        Apply a generous amount of broad spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher approximately 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. “Remember your lips, hands, ears, feet, shoulders, behind your neck and top of your head if you don’t have much hair,” reminds Dr. Grewal. Throw away suntan lotion that is past the expiration date or more than three years old.

·        If around water or swimming, select waterproof or water resistant sunscreen that stays on skin longer. However, you will still need to reapply sunscreen every two to three hours, as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology.

·        Protect your eyes with sunglasses that offer 99 to 100 percent UV protection.

·        “Check if any medications can increase sun sensitivity, such as antibiotics or acne medications. Sunscreen may not be able to protect skin from sun sensitivity caused by medications,” urges Dr. Grewal.

·        If you use an indoor tanning bed, wear goggles and do not go over your time limit.

·        “Check your skin regularly for signs of skin cancer. See your doctor if you notice anything unusual,” Dr. Grewal says.

If you do get sunburned, try taking a cool bath or shower, applying aloe gel or other soothing lotion, or taking aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce inflammation. “Redness and pain associated with sunburn may not appear immediately, but you could feel the effects of blisters and peeling skin for days,” explains Dr. Grewal. “Severe reactions, which can include fever, chills, nausea or rash, may require medical attention.”

Enjoy a juicy slice of watermelon, dive into a cool pool and build your best sandcastle. You can’t remove all the risks but by putting safety first and following a few simple steps, you can enjoy your summer and make lots of happy memories.

And if an accident does happen, Cy-Fair Hospital’s emergency room is available 24-hours a day to get you and your family back on track for summer fun.

For more information about protecting your skin in the sun, talk with your doctor or call 800-681-2733 for a free referral to a physician near you.

A Healthy Heart Starts With Prevention3/15/2010
Cy-Fair Hospital wants to help you become heart healthy.  While you cannot change some risk factors for heart disease or stroke, there are many lifestyle choices you can make to reduce your risk and live a heart healthy lifestyle.

It All Starts with Prevention
“More often than not, patients do not think about their risk for heart attack or stroke until it is too late,” explains Chaitanya Shah, MD, cardiologist on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “They see a friend or a family member – or even themselves – receive a diagnosis of a heart condition or experience a cardiac event. But in many cases, there are preventative steps that can be taken.”

We cannot change our age, race, or family history, but we can control other factors that contribute to the development of heart disease of the years. Dr. Shah says, “Heart disease does not develop overnight. It is a gradual, lifelong process.”
- Eat a nutritious, healthy diet.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Quit smoking and limit alcohol intake.
- Start exercising, with the consent of your physician.

Stay Informed on Your Current Health Condition
Talk to your doctor about your cholesterol level, blood pressure, and weight. Healthy, or desirable, ranges for cholesterol and blood pressure are:
- Total cholesterol: less than 200 mg/dL  
- LDL level: less than 100 mg/dL
- HDL level: less than 40 mg/dL
- Blood pressure: less than 120/80 mmHg

Additional assessments can be done to help determine your risks including a stress test, EKG, and personal and family health history. Your doctor can tailor a treatment plan to fit your individual risks and medical needs. “By adopting a healthy lifestyle today you may avoid heart problems in the future,” adds Dr. Shah.

Assess Your Health
Cy-Fair Hospital has several easy online tools to help you learn more about heart disease and your risk factors. Just visit our Web site and check out these resources under “Health Resources” and then “Interactive Tools”

Calculators for:

  • Body Mass Index
  • Calorie Burn Rate
  • Cost of Smoking
  • Target Heart Rate

Health Risk Assessments including:

  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Stress Triggers

You also can test your healthy heart knowledge with a number of quizzes on topics like blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease prevention and more.

For more information on our cardiac services visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Heart or for a free complimentary referral to a physician who can assess your risk for heart attack and stroke, call 800-681-2733.

Transport Team at Cy-Fair’s Level III Neonatal ICU3/11/2010


Making special deliveries is the primary focus of the Neonatal Transport Team at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. The team serves as a ground transport unit for area hospital facilities that are not currently operating a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) themselves.

“Transport to Cy-Fair’s Level III NICU is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Lisa Cox, RN, director of the nursing for the hospital’s Women’s Health Center. “When the call comes in, our team springs in to action deploying a dedicated transport isolette with the necessary respiratory equipment, monitoring systems, and special medications to help stabilize the baby for transport.”

The transport team, consisting of registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and emergency medical technicians, function under the direction of the neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners associated with Cy-Fair Hospital’s Women’s Health Center and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  “Cy-Fair takes the care of NICU babies very seriously, and our dedicated team works endless hours to ensure that each baby receives the care it needs,” says Sandra Chaveleh, RN, MBA, nursing manager of Cy-Fair Hospital’s NICU.

The Level III NICU at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is equipped to care for some of the sickest, tiniest of babies who may need specialized treatment for infections, birth defects, breathing difficulties, growth restriction, and maternal health problems. “In addition to extremely premature and low birth weight babies, sicker full-term babies can be cared for in the NICU for a variety of conditions, including anemia, jaundice, seizures, low blood sugar, or breathing difficulties,” explains Chaveleh.

To find out more about our Transport Team, visit www.CyFairBaby.com.

Preparing for Pregnancy Seminar3/8/2010


Even before you become pregnant, your health matters to your future baby. Whether you're planning to become pregnant or already are pregnant, the healthy choices you make before and during pregnancy can have a lasting impact.

Cy-Fair Hospital has been serving the Cy-Fair community for over 27 years, has received numerous awards for maternity care, including the 2009/2010 HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award™ and a five-star rating for maternity care six years in a row from HealthGrades, a leading independent health care ratings company, and has delivered over 32,000 babies. Let us help you prepare for your pregnancy journey.

Join Cy-Fair Hospital for a seminar designed for couples to learn more about preparing for pregnancy. This free event will feature physicians and nurses from Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital discussing topics including getting your body ready for pregnancy, maintaining your health throughout pregnancy, and special health concerns related to pregnancy. Refreshments will be provided.

The seminar will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 9 a.m. in the Cy-Fair Professional Building I Classroom at 11302 Fallbrook Drive.

Contact Cy-Fair Hospital at 800-681-2733 to register for this informative seminar. Spots are limited, so call to reserve your spot today.

More than Just Weight Loss: The Health Benefits of Bariatric Surgery3/3/2010 

If you're very overweight and can't lose pounds with a healthy diet and exercise, weight loss surgery might be an option for you. “Bariatric surgery is typically for patients who have a body mass index (BMI) above 40, or a BMI of 35 or greater with obesity-related serious medical conditions,” explains Voravit Wongsa, MD, bariatric surgeon on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. To determine your BMI, visit Cy-Fair Hospital’s Web site to utilize an interactive BMI calculator tool.

 

Why Surgery?

Obesity can increase the risk of many diseases and health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, high blood pressure, gastroesophageal reflux, fatty liver disease, gallstones, stroke, snoring and sleep apnea, osteoarthritis and pain in weight-bearing joints, such as back, hips knees and ankles, leg swelling, and menstrual irregularities and infertility in women.

 

“Most people who have any type of weight loss surgery may lose at least 50 percent to 90 percent of their excess weight (the amount of weight in excess of a person’s ideal body weight) in the first 18 to 24 months after the procedure, depending on the type of weight loss surgery performed” explains Dr. Wongsa. “Plus, many of the patients’ obesity-related conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, or sleep apnea, completely resolve or improve significantly after surgery.” Bariatric surgery also can provide long-term, consistent weight loss when accompanied with a few lifestyle changes.

 

Surgery Options

Today, there are several options for weight loss surgery.  Talk to your doctor to determine the best one for you. All procedures can be performed laparoscopically, using only small incisions, which is minimally invasive and results in little postoperative discomfort and short healing period.

 

“Laparoscopic Gastric bypass constructs a new small stomach pouch which is connected directly to the small intestine, bypassing 95% of the stomach and duodenum,” explains Dr. Wongsa. “It is the gold standard in bariatric surgery, being the most effective weight loss procedure, with a higher success rate (about 80-85% excess weight loss) than other weight loss procedures (50% excess weight loss for Lap-band and sleeve gastrectomy).”

LAP-BAND adjustable gastric banding involves placing an adjustable band around the top part of the stomach to create a small pouch for food. The band restricts the amount of food that can be eaten and increases the amount of time it takes for food to digest.

Other surgical options also available at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital include sleeve gastrectomy, where 80% of the stomach is removed, leaving a sleeve-shaped vertical tube of residual stomach that restricts food intake, and revisional bariatric surgery, surgery designed for some patients who may not have had the positive outcome they expected for a previous bariatric surgery.

The long-range success of any weight loss surgery or any treatment depends largely on the patient, who must follow a healthy, nutritious eating plan for life. If you’re interested in finding out more about bariatric surgery at Cy-Fair Hospital or scheduling a consultation, visit www.CyFairHospital.com/WeightLoss or call 800-681-2733.

Social Media at Cy-Fair Hospital3/3/2010

Cy-Fair Hospital prides itself on being your community hospital, and now we’ve made it even easier to connect with us.  Our hospital is now on Facebook and Twitter!  Become a fan and start receiving up-to-date information on upcoming events, hospital developments, and more.

In addition to our main hospital Facebook page, we have pages for several different medical services, each with specific information, udpates, and more regarding that particular service.  So, become a fan of one or all - each page is different!

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital
Cy-Fair Urgent Care Center
Cy-Fair Occ Med Clinic
Cy-Fair Women's Imaging Center
Cy-Fair Bariatric Surgery Center
Cy-Fair Blood Management Program
Cy-Fair Therapy and Rehabilitation Center
Cy-Fair Women's Health Center
Cy-Fair Senior Services Program - coming soon!

Cy-Fair Hospital Hosts Joint Pain Lunch & Learn Event2/17/2010   

Do you struggle with pain or pain relief methods that are no longer effective? Join the Senior Services Program at Cy-Fair Hospital for a free informative seminar to discuss the advancements in knee and hip replacement surgery and what options are available to help relieve joint pain.

The free seminar will be held on Monday, March 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Professional Building Classrooms at 11302 Fallbrook.  Join us to learn how you can beat joint pain and stay in the game.  David Navid, DO, Orthopedic Surgeon on staff at Cy-Fair Hospital, will be the guest speaker.  Contact Cy-Fair Hospital at 800-681-2733 to register for this informative seminar. Spots are limited, so call to reserve your spot today. A complimentary lunch will be provided. 

For more information on the Senior Services Program, visit our website at www.CyFairSeniors.com.

Cy-Fair Hospital Celebrates Black History Month with Exhibit Honoring Hermann A. Barnett III, M.D.2/15/2010 

In recognition of Black History Month, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is presenting a traveling exhibit that honors the life and legacy of Hermann A. Barnett III, M.D., the first black graduate from a Texas medical school. Dr. Barnett’s son, Marcus Barnett, M.D., is an obstetrician/gynecologist on the hospital’s medical staff who was recently named the new chief of staff at the hospital. The exhibit will be on display in the hospital lobby through the end of February.

The elder Dr. Barnett flew as an Army Air Forces fighter pilot with the 332nd Fighter Group and was one of the Tuskegee Airmen. He is considered a pioneer for equality in the medical field because he was able to overcome Jim Crow laws and hardened racial prejudices to become the first black to graduate from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) in 1953. Even though Dr. Barnett had been accepted to medical schools at two all-black institutions, he chose to attend UTMB at the urging of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to help crack the medical field color barrier in Texas. He faced many hardships as the lone black student at the school. Dr. Barnett was not allowed to sit in the classroom for some courses. But he was able to ace a microbiology course while taking notes in the hallway. Another time he was beaten by a Galveston County sheriff’s deputy and accused of stealing the class ring he had earned upon graduation.

Dr. Barnett went on to become the first African-American member of the Texas state board of medical examiners and the first black elected president of the Houston Independent School District board of trustees. He died in a 1973 plane crash in Kansas at the age of 47, leaving behind a wife and five children. Dr. Marcus Barnett and one of his siblings became doctors.

The younger Dr. Barnett received his medical degree at his father’s alma mater and completed an internship in general surgery at Howard University Hospital. He has been in practice since 1991 and was elected chief of staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital for 2010.

Cy-Fair Caregiver Forum2/10/2010 

Being the caregiver for an elderly parent, spouse, or patient can be a challenging experience. It is one that is done out of compassion and care, but requires a network of support and resources. Are you interested in learning how you can better care for your aging loved one? Or are you looking for ways to help yourself so you can become better focused on their care? The Senior Services Program at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is here to help.

Join us for a free seminar on Thursday, March 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Professional Building Classrooms located at 11302 Fallbrook Drive to learn how you can start being proactive in the care of your older family member or patient. This informative, quarterly event will discuss important health concerns and things you can do to help their health and well-being as well as your own. A panel of speakers including physicians and other hospital experts will discuss topics including home safety for the elderly, preventing slips and falls, and avoiding caregiver burnout.

Contact Cy-Fair Hospital at 800-681-2733 to register for this informative seminar. Spots are limited, so call to reserve your spot today. Refreshments will be provided.  Care for persons who need it while you attend the seminar will be available. Contact our Senior Services Program at 281-949-3987 to sign up for care services during the event.

Heart Healthy Tips for Families2/10/2010 

What are some of the things you do with your family? Maybe you have dinner together, celebrate the holidays together or go on vacation together. What about staying heart healthy together?

Set a good example
Parents can teach children to be heart smart by setting good examples. It is much easier to convince children to do the same when you are practicing healthy habits, such as being active. This is one area where the whole family can get involved. “Limit the amount of time spent watching television or playing video games,” says Rashmi Sheshadri, MD, family medicine physician on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “Instead, go for walks, play hide-and-seek outside, or swim together.” Aim for 30 minutes of activity each day. “Regular exercise can help your heart and lungs work better, as well as lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and control appetite and weight,” explains Dr. Sheshadri. “By avoiding a sedentary lifestyle, you can lower your risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease.”

Make smart food choices
Avoid rewarding children with food. Find other ways to celebrate good behavior other than candy or sweets, which can encourage bad habits. The entire family can learn more about heart-healthy foods by reading food labels. You even can make a game of it. You also can challenge your children to come up with ways to eat more healthy foods at home, such as using small amounts of margarine instead of butter when cooking or choosing fruits and vegetables for snacks instead of chips or fries. “Involving everyone in planning and preparing meals can promote good eating habits and help reduce cholesterol levels, maintain normal weight, and prevent heart disease,” says Dr. Sheshadri.

Say no to smoking
Be a positive role model and don’t smoke. By not smoking, you can lower your risk of heart attack, stroke and lung disease. By quitting smoking, you can add years to your life, and your children will no longer be exposed to second-hand smoke. You also can breathe easier, feel less tired and save money by not buying cigarettes.

Talk to your doctor
“Remember to talk to your doctor about your cholesterol level, blood pressure, and weight,” urges Dr. Sheshadri. Total blood cholesterol level should be less than 200. Anything higher than that can increase your risk for heart disease, especially if it is 240 or above, which is considered high blood cholesterol. Your blood pressure should be in the 120/80 range. You have high blood pressure if it is 140/90 or higher. If you need to lose weight, lose it slowly at a rate of about one-half to one pound per week. “Talk to your children’s health care providers to make sure they are monitoring cardiovascular indicators such as body mass index, cholesterol, and blood pressure,” reminds Dr. Sheshadri.

By making simple changes, a family can commit to being heart healthy so everyone can enjoy long, happy lives together. For more information on our cardiac services visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Heart or for a complimentary referral to a physician, call 800-681-2733.

Cy-Fair Hospital Sponsors Cy-Fair Educational Foundation’s “Salute to Our Heroes”2/1/2010 

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is proud to sponsor the upcoming Salute to Our Heroes, a special program hosted by the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.  Cy-Fair Hospital committed to be a sponsor for the event to help support the Foundation and its initiatives throughout the year.

Salute to Our Heroes is an annual event that honors the brave men and women who have served to preserve our freedom and liberty. Proceeds from this event will go to an endowment in the memory of fallen soldiers, enabling graduating students from Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District to attend college.  

“Cy-Fair Hospital believes in the importance of honoring our heroes and is proud to be a part of such a wonderful event,” said Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer of Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. 

Cy-Fair Hospital has been serving the Cy-Fair community for over 27 years.  For more information on Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, visit www.CyFairHospital.com or call 800-681-2733.

Cy-Fair Hospital Opens Second Location for Routine Mammography1/25/2010Cypress Fairbanks Women’s Imaging Center understands the importance of convenience. That’s why we are proud to announce that we now have two locations offering screening mammography services to help make having your annual screening more convenient than ever.

Our new center – the Women’s Imaging Center at Barker Cypress – is right in heart of the community. Located at 9110 Barker Cypress, near West Road, in the Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center building, the facility is comfortably decorated and staffed by experienced, caring health care professionals.

The Women’s Imaging Center at Cy-Fair Hospital is located at 11307 FM 1960 West in Suite 340. In addition to screening mammograms, the center also offers diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasound, stereotactic and ultrasound guided biopsies, and bone densitometry.

Today's high-quality screening mammography is the most effective tool available to physicians in detecting breast cancer before lumps can be felt or symptoms of cancer appear. Early detection of breast cancer not only helps provide a woman with more options, but also increases the possibility of a favorable prognosis.  The American Cancer Society recommends that women 20 and older perform monthly breast self-exams and women 40 and older receive an annual screening mammogram for early detection of cancer.

Call 281-897-3121 today to schedule an appointment for a screening mammogram at one of our two locations or visit www.CyFairWomensImaging.com to learn more about our services.

Haiti Relief Efforts1/18/2010Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and its employees are taking steps to aid in the international efforts to help earthquake victims in Haiti. We encourage our neighbors to join in helping the victims of the Haitian earthquake. Several major organizations such as American Red Cross, the Clinton Foundation Haiti Relief Fund or other, similar 501(c)3 organizations are raising funds to provide immediate and long-term help to residents of Haiti. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti during their time of need.
Cy-Fair Hospital Proudly Supports the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce1/18/2010 

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is proud to be your community hospital and is excited to announce our sponsorship of the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce Installation Celebration event. 

The hospital is a member of the Chamber and of the community, and is honored to be involved with such a great organization.

Serving the Cy-Fair area for more than 27 years, the hospital has been involved in numerous events and activities involving the community, and strives to support and care for our neighbors – the community members and area businesses.

“Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has always been involved in the community and looks for new ways each year to better support the community,” says Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer of the hospital.  “We are pleased to be a member of the Chamber and even prouder to be a part of such a great community.”

For more information on the hospital, visit www.CyFairHospital.com.

Cy-Fair Hospital Stresses the Importance of Nutrition for Adolescent Athletes1/14/2010 

Football season may be behind us, but high school athletes will still be on the fields and courts with basketball, soccer, track, baseball, and softball.  Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital believes it is important for teen athletes to engage in proper nutrition practices and wants to help spread the word with tips and helpful hints.

What You Eat Matters
A healthy diet is essential to meet an athletic teen’s energy needs. “Teens with a higher level of activity need the right combination and amount of food to perform at their best levels,” explains Todd Hamel, MD, FAAFP, family medicine physician on the medical staff at Cy-Fair Hospital.

Game-day meal content and timing can directly impact a young athlete’s performance on the field. “A full stomach requires energy to digest, so it is important to stop eating two hours before activity in order to save energy levels for the event,” says Dr. Hamel. “Although high-fiber foods are nutritious, they also may cause stomach upset and should not be eaten before activity. High-fat foods take longer to digest and should also be avoided up to three hours before a game or event.” Instead, teens should eat an ample amount of carbohydrates, found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, along with a moderate amount of proteins, such as those found in meat, eggs and dairy.

Drink Plenty of Fluids
Fluids are critical in preventing dehydration during activity which can lead to symptoms including severe muscle cramping. Thus, the proper fluids should be consumed before, during, and after exercise. “Early hydration is key. Athletes should drink water or other appropriate fluids as directed by their physician or team trainer up to several hours before physical activity and especially on days they will be participating in games or contests,” encourages Dr. Hamel. “Fluids should continue to be consumed in 15 – 20 minute intervals during activity as well as afterwards to replenish fluid levels lost through sweat.” The body depletes its readily available energy supply after one hour of exercise, so sports drinks are a good option for athletes that are active for 60 – 90 minutes. These drinks also help replenish the electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, lost through sweat. “All drinks with electrolytes are not created equal,” warns Dr. Hamel. “Talk with your doctor or trainer to identify the proper solution for your needs.”

But what if your teen is feeling tired and wants to boost their energy level? “Energy drinks are becoming increasingly popular, especially among teens and young adults,” says Dr. Hamel. “These drinks often have large amounts of sugar and caffeine, sometimes more than twice as much as a cup of coffee or soda, and are not recommended.” The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actually limits the amount of caffeine for cola-type drinks to 71 milligrams in a 12-ounce serving. However, the FDA does not place these restrictions on energy drinks.  “Quickly drinking an energy drink just before exercise isn’t a good idea. The high levels of caffeine and sugar may cause a number of symptoms and have sometimes led to dehydration requiring medical attention,” warns Dr. Hamel.  “The best way to feel energized each day is to eat healthy foods, drink plenty of water, and get a good night’s sleep.”

Get Your Vitamins
For optimal performance, young athletes need a variety of vitamins, protein and carbohydrates. The food guide pyramid is a good source of information for the types of food and drinks a well-balanced diet requires. Even during off-season, it is important for teens to maintain a balanced to create a solid foundation for game season. Athletic teens need calcium and iron in their diets to build strong bones and sustain energy. These nutrients can be found in dairy products, green leafy vegetables, meat, dried beans and fortified cereals. “A diet deficient of essential vitamins and minerals can lead to symptoms that may be mistaken for other medical conditions,” says Dr. Hamel. “If an athlete or athlete’s parent suspects there may be a vitamin or mineral deficiency in their child, there is specialized testing available to help identify the cause.”

Too Much Pressure
Many teens participate in sports that place a heavy emphasis on appearance and weight. This can cause pressure and potentially an unhealthy obsession with weight gain or reduction. “It is usually not a good idea for teens to diet because athletic teens need the additional calories to sustain high energy levels for activity,” explains Dr. Hamel. “Dieting also can prevent a teen who is still growing from reaching his or her intended height.” Unhealthy eating habits can cause serious repercussions that could last a lifetime, so parents should discuss diet options with a doctor or nutritionist if a coach recommends that a teen lose weight.

For more information on helping your teen athlete lead a healthy life, call 800-681-2733.

Cy-Fair Hospital Achieves Recognition as a Primary Stroke Facility from the DSHS1/12/2010 

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has been recognized as a Level II Primary Stroke Facility from the Texas Department of State Health Services.  The hospital was recognized at an event hosted by the Office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS)/Trauma Systems Coordination and awarded the prestigious designation. 

 

When someone is having a stroke, they need prompt emergency medical care. During a stroke blood supply to the brain is cut off or disrupted, causing part of the brain to go without the oxygen-rich blood it needs. The longer the brain goes without blood, the greater the chance a disability will occur. According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the number one cause of disability in adults and the third leading cause of death in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds.

 

“The purpose of our new stroke facility designation program is to establish a framework for developing a voluntary, statewide emergency treatment system for stroke victims,” said Jane Guerrero, Director of the Office of EMS/Trauma Systems Coordination. “Patterned after our well-established trauma system, stroke designation will allow stroke victims to be rapidly transported to and treated in appropriate stroke-treatment facilities.”

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital’s comprehensive cardiovascular and stroke program has a protocol driven and systematic approach to patient management allowing physicians to reduce the time to treatment during the early stages of a heart attack or stoke, when treatments are most effective.

“Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has demonstrated that our program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” said Cindy Hudgens, RN, BSN, CNRN, Cardiovascular and Stroke Coordinator of the hospital. “Our team is committed to clinical excellence, and the Level II Primary Stroke Facility designation is proof of their tremendous efforts.”

The Stroke Team at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, a team of specially trained physicians, nurses and staff, is called to action when a patient is exhibiting symptoms of a stroke. The team consults with highly trained neurologists, called Specialists on Call, via an advanced telecommunications system, referred to as telemedicine, to review each stroke patient’s condition and to quickly establish a course of treatment with the qualified specialists.

Specialists on Call provides consultation support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to hospitals and on-site physicians nationwide, with access to experts in emergency neurology and stroke care. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is the only hospital in northwest Houston working with Specialists on Call for stroke treatment, an important factor in being able to offer quality stroke care to the community.

In addition to designation as a Level II Primary Stroke Facility, Cy-Fair Hospital is also certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. 

To learn more about stroke and the quality care at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, call 1-800-681-2733 or visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Stroke.

[Photo caption: Patti Bennett, RN, BSN, MS, Chief Nursing Officer of Cy-Fair Hospital; Cindy Hudgens, RN, BSN, CNRN, Cardiovascular and Stroke Coordinator at Cy-Fair; James Grotta, MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ; Jan Terry, Director of Ancillary Services at Cy-Fair; and Jay Krishnaswamy, Chief Operating Officer of Cy-Fair accept the Primary Stroke Facility designation.]

Getting Comfortable With Your CT1/12/2010 

At Cy-Fair Hospital, patient education is important to us.  That’s why we want you to be prepared for procedures like a diagnostic CT.

Protection During Your Diagnostic CT Procedures
Computed tomography (CT) is an X-ray technique that produces more detailed images of your internal organs than a conventional X-ray can. This imaging procedure can help diagnose muscle and bone disorders such as fractures, determine whether you have a tumor or blood clot, check for cancer and see if a cancerous tumor is growing, and find internal injuries or bleeding. But in a time when CT scans are being ordered more frequently by physicians, you may still be left wondering - “How much radiation am I receiving?” 

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is responding to these concerns with a preventative approach. “While the use of CT scans in medical practice is critical, there is a way to provide the images your physician needs while reducing the amount of radiation you receive,” said Angelic McDonald, CT/MRI manager at Cy-Fair Hospital. “The hospital utilizes Attenurad radioprotective garments, a product that allows radiologic technologists to take quality image scans of the body while reducing radiation exposure.”

The protective garments are not whole body shields, but are organ and tissue specific to help protect certain sensitive areas of the body. These shields protect areas of the body such as the lenses of the eyes, the thyroid, and breast tissue. 

Adding a Little Flavor to Your CT Scan
Some CT scans require you to drink a contrast liquid before the scan. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has taken steps to make this process as comfortable as possible. To help patients manage the contrast liquids needed to effectively perform their scans, barium liquids are offered in a variety of flavors such as berry and banana. For pediatric patients or other patients having issues drinking the barium solutions, a clear water beverage with a flavored drink mix is also available.  A little flavor goes a long way!

To learn more or to schedule your next CT scan at Cy-Fair Hospital, visit www.CyFairHospital.com/CT or call 281-897-3121.

 

Hospital Launches RN Residency Program12/29/2009Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is investing in our nurses to provide a higher standard of care for the community, and we are proud to announce that we are the first hospital in Houston to offer the Versant RN Residency. 

Versant (pronounced Ver-sent) is a comprehensive, evidence-based onboarding of new graduate nurses that helps them gain the experience, judgment, skills, and confidence they need to navigate the complexity of hospital life.  Designed by nurses for nurses, the Versant RN Residency prepares newly graduated nurses by organizing and overseeing all aspects of their experience.  They will be supported both professionally and emotionally by a network of senior nurses who act as preceptors, mentors, and debriefers at Cy-Fair Hospital.  

Cyndie Salmons, Director of Staff Development and the Residency Program Manager at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, says, “I am excited that Cy-Fair Hospital and Tenet Healthcare have the foresight to make the investment in our future nurses.  The RN Residency is a win-win concept benefiting every member of the hospital community - our patients, nurses, ancillary staff, administrators, and physicians.” 

The hospital’s first RN Residents begin in February.  For further information or to enroll in Cy-Fair Hospital’s Versant RN Residency Program, go to www.CyFairHospital.com/Versant.

New Year, New You12/21/2009 

Each year Americans make their list of resolutions for the New Year, and each year many forget those resolutions within a short time. Since many of the most popular resolutions are health-related, here are some tips for keeping your resolutions this year.

Whether your resolution is to lose weight, eat healthier, stop smoking, or start exercising, the process of taking the resolution from thought to action is the same. Here are some simple steps to making your goals a reality:

Write it down. By putting the resolution or goal on paper, you’re making it more concrete. In your mind, the resolution has gone from a thought to something you can actually see and visual. You may find it helpful to post your list where you can see it every day.

Keep it short. Don’t put too many resolutions on your list. A short and simple list is much more achievable than one that starts to look like the Gettysburg Address.

Break it down. If your overall resolution is something like “Lose Weight,” break that resolution down into smaller goals that you can achieve. For instance, you could break the weight loss goal into sub-goals such as eat an extra serving of fruit and vegetables every day for one week or take a brisk around the office at lunch. Make the sub-goals something that you can easily achieve. You may need to lose 40 pounds, but you’ll stick with it if you are realistic about what you can achieve. Most people tend to lose 1-2 pounds per week with dieting and exercise, so a sub-goal of losing 6 pounds in one month is achievable.

Make it personal. Your resolution should be something you want to achieve. While your friends and family may be encouraging you to stop smoking, you need to want it as well.

Stay positive. As you begin working to achieve your resolution, practice positive self-talk. Tell yourself what you are doing to help meet your goal. Congratulate yourself for talking a walk instead of smoking a cigarette or having a salad with low-fat dressing instead of a jumbo burger and an order of fries for lunch.

Get some support. Ask your friends and family to help you achieve your goal. They can provide motivation when you need it and cheer you on from the sidelines. You might even find a resolution buddy to go on the journey with you.

Cy-Fair Hospital can help you achieve some of your health-related resolutions. Visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Events for a list of upcoming health events, or call 1-800-681-2733 to request brochures on topics including quitting smoking, eating healthy, the benefits of exercising, and more.

Your physician may also have resources that can help you achieve your health-related resolutions. You should talk to your physician before beginning any exercise program. Your doctor also can recommend ways to stop smoking, lose weight, and other health matters. If you need a physician, please call us at 1-800-681-2733 for a free, confidential referral.

Cy-Fair Hospital Recognized for Cardiac Care12/21/2009 

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is proud to announce it has received full Cycle III accreditation status from the Society of Chest Pain Center. 

“Having access to quality acute cardiac medicine close to home gives confidence to our patients in the community,” says Krishnamoorthy Vivekananthan, MD, chest pain center medical director at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “Time is of the essence during a heart attack so our multi-disciplinary team works hard to ensure prompt, effective care in situations like this when it matters most, and this accreditation is proof of that dedication.”

The Chest Pain Center’s protocol driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

“Achieving Cycle III accreditation is an important accomplishment for Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital,” says Michael Dang, MD, emergency department medical director at the hospital. “We are committed to the care of our cardiac patients by improving the time to treatment, utilizing proven treatment methodologies, and offering compassionate care.”

The Chest Pain Center at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.  Key areas in which a Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:

·        Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system

·        Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly

·        Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms

·        Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures

·        Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training

·        Maintaining organizational structure and commitment

·        Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care

·        Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

“More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain,” explains Cindy Hudgens, RN, BSN, CNRN, cardiovascular and stroke coordinator at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “In addition to providing quality care in the hospital, it is our goal to help educate our neighbors in the community to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack as well as to promote preventative care such as living a heart-healthy lifestyle.”

To learn more about the quality care at Cy-Fair Hospital, call 800-681-2733 or visit www.CyFairHospital.com.

Volunteers Celebrate the Holidays by Giving to Others12/18/2009 

Recently, the Volunteer Auxiliary at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital decided to go above and beyond.  When the volunteers attended a luncheon to celebrate the holidays, they decided to take this time to give back to the community. 

Cy-Fair Hospital volunteers give back in so many ways to the hospital and to the community as volunteers, but they went the extra mile to help those in need this holiday season by collecting canned goods and toys to donate to the Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM).  CAM will provide the items to those in need in the community. 

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is very fortunate to have a team of dedicated volunteers to help meet the needs of the community.  The volunteer program has nearly 120 men and women who work in many different areas of the hospital, including the emergency room, gift shop, information desk, and nursing units.  Volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills or strengthen old ones, explore a career in health care, extend their social network, and do their part to help others in the community.  

For more information about volunteering at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Volunteer or call (281) 897-3186.

Volunteers Grace McEwan, Patty Roberts, and Judy Lyon (L to R) gather for a holiday luncheon hosted by CFMCH for the hospital volunteers.

 

 

Volunteers Houston Knox, Patricia Boutwell, and Don Mengel (L to R) sit down to celebrate the holidays with fellow volunteers from Cy-Fair Hospital.

 

 

CFMCH Volunteer Auxiliary secretary,
Catherine Scott; volunteer Carol Peiffer; and Volunteer Auxiliary president, Toni Wessley (L to R) enjoy food and festivities at the luncheon hosted by the hospital.

 


Displayed here are just a few of the
items collected by the CFMCH volunteers to help those in need this holiday season.

 

CFMCH Participates in Operation Military Embrace12/14/2009 

During the month of November, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital staff supported a worthy cause – Operation Military Embrace.  Employees donated supplies and made holiday cards in an effort to give back.  Operation Military Embrace is a non-profit organization that helps provide support and comfort to wounded soldiers and their families. 

“This is the time of year when we give thanks for what this past year has brought us, and we wanted to give thanks by helping others,” explains Margie Kannel, who headed up the efforts at Cy-Fair Hospital.  “Our staff donated items for families in need that will be delivered to wounded soldiers by Operation Military Embrace at the San Antonio Military Medical Center this month.”

Donated items included cards made by employee’s children, batteries, socks, umbrellas, school supplies, baby diapers and wipes, toiletries, disposable cameras, CDs and DVDs, and crossword puzzle books.

Cy-Fair Hospital prides itself on being a part of the community and helping where needed.  For more information on our hospital, visit www.CyFairHospital.com.

Local Nurse Honored for Dedication to Quality Stroke Care11/30/2009 

Cindy Hudgens, RN, BSN, CNRN, cardiovascular and stroke coordinator at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital in northwest Houston, was recently honored by Specialists on Call with the Nursing Champion Award.

“Cindy Hudgens’ dedication to and coordination of the stroke program has helped Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital develop a higher standard of care for stroke patients,” says Patti Bennett, chief nursing officer of Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “We are proud to have such an experienced, caring, devoted individual on our staff.”

Hudgens, a part of the Stroke Team at Cy-Fair Hospital, helps provide a patient-centered approach to assessing and diagnosing stroke to promptly begin appropriate treatment during the critical early stages of a stroke. When a stroke patient arrives at the hospital, an alert system called “Code Brain” goes into effect to provide early intervention that may mean the difference between a return to normalcy or a life with disability.

To help diagnose and plan a course of treatment for stroke patients appropriately, Hudgens and the hospital’s Stroke Team can access Specialists on Call, a tele-neurology service that allows emergency room doctors to work with neurologists around the clock via advanced videoconferencing technology.

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital been recognized by several leading health organizations for clinical excellence in the treatment of stroke, including the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.

To learn more about Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, call 800-681-2733 or visit www.CyFairHospital.com.

Social Media Comes to Cy-Fair Hospital11/30/2009 

Cy-Fair Hospital prides itself on being your community hospital, and now we’ve made it even easier to connect with us.  Our hospital is now on Facebook and Twitter!  Become a fan and start receiving up-to-date information on upcoming events, hospital developments, and more.

Cy-Fair Celebrates Diabetes Awareness Month11/23/2009 

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and Cy-Fair Hospital feels that it’s important for each person to know their risks for developing diabetes.  According to the American Diabetes Association, 24 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes, 57 million Americans are at risk for type 2 diabetes, and 1 out of every 3 children born today will face a future with diabetes if current trends continue.

Luckily, you can help prevent diabetes by understanding your health and setting goals, then gradually making changes to achieve long-term success.  Even if diabetes runs in your family, you can make lifestyle changes to help delay its onset and prevent serious complications. 

“Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include increased thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, weight loss, blurred vision, or slow-healing sores,” explains Arun Kumar, MD, family medicine physician for Cy-Fair Medical Partners and on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.  “Complications that can arise from diabetes are heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, or even amputation.”

There are several risk factors associated with diabetes. 

  • Obesity - Being overweight or obese increases your risk for diabetes. This is the primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
  • Family History - If you have a parent or sibling who has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you run a higher risk of developing the condition.
  • Inactive Lifestyle - Because muscles cells have more insulin receptors than fat cells, regular exercise can decrease insulin resistance. Regular exercise can also help control weight and lower blood sugar levels by increasing insulin effectiveness.
  • Age - People over the age of 45 should be tested for type 2 diabetes every three years if results are normal. If results are borderline, the test should be repeated annually.
  • Genetics - African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Alaska Natives, American Indians, and Asians are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
  • High Blood Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure - The risk of developing diabetes increases if your HDL (good) cholesterol level is under 35 mg/dL or your triglyceride level is over 250 mg/dL. High blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg or higher also increases diabetes risk.
  • Gestational Diabetes - Women who developed gestational diabetes when pregnant or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than nine pounds run a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

Talk with your doctor if you are concerned about your risk of developing diabetes or if you notice any symptoms of type 2 diabetes.  For a physician referral, call 800-681-2733 or visit www.CyFairHospital.com/FindAPhysician.

Cy-Fair Participates in Heart Walk11/23/2009 

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital recently sponsored the American Heart Association’s Northwest Harris County 2009 Heart Walk. The local event was held Saturday, November 7 at the Cy-Fair campus of Lone Star College.

Cy-Fair Hospital employees and volunteers helped raise almost $7,000 in donations in addition to the hospital’s sponsorship donation, and a large group participated in the walk and event festivities. 

The Northwest Harris County Heart Walk’s donations and contributions grossed over $146,000. The money raised will be used to help fund life-saving research and programs in the fight against heart disease and stroke.  

For more information about Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, visit www.CyFairHospital.com or call toll-free at 1-800-681-2733. 

Cy-Fair Holds First NICU Reunion11/23/2009 

On October 24th, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital hosted a NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) Reunion to celebrate the one year anniversary of the opening of the hospital’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  Previously a Level II NICU, Cy-Fair Hospital renovated and expanded in 2008 to become the only Level III NICU in the Cy-Fair area.

“The NICU Reunion was such a rewarding event for all nurses because they had an opportunity to see the fruit of their intense labor. It was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with parents and to see what each child’s journey has been since they left our unit,” said Sandra Chaveleh, nurse manager of the NICU.  “Nurses, nurse practitioners, speech therapists, and physicians had the opportunity to see how the patients have grown.  Parents were surprised to see that our nurses remembered each patient by their first name and not by their illness.  I believe that our unique approach for each patient is the key to providing excellent care.”

Over 200 people were present to celebrate with festivities including a balloon-artist clown, family photographer, moonwalk, face painting, various games, food and refreshments, a pumpkin patch, and a DJ.  A fire truck from the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department was even on hand to help the staff and past patients celebrate.

“Cullen enjoyed going back to the NICU Reunion festival.  He saw all of his nurses and he and his brother enjoyed the Cy-Fair fire truck, clowns, games, and cotton candy,” said Shay McGarr, whose sons Cullen and Brady were both patients of the NICU.  “We can’t thank you enough for taking care of our two boys!  Cy-Fair’s Level III NICU is a phenomenal addition to Cy-Fair Hospital and one of the best kept secrets in the Northwest.   Hopefully, the secret is out now!”  

Cy-Fair Hospital has been serving the Cy-Fair community for over 26 years.  The hospital has received numerous awards for maternity care, including the 2009/2010 HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award™ and a five-star rating for maternity care six years in a row from HealthGrades, a leading independent health care ratings company.

For more information on Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital’s Women’s Health Center, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or to take a virtual tour of the facility, visit www.CyFairBaby.com.

Cy-Fair Hospital Sponsors Salute to the Stars11/11/2009On October 22nd, one teacher from each school across the Cy-Fair Independent School District was recognized by the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation for their outstanding performance and dedication to their field.  Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital was proud to be a sponsor of the 12th annual Salute to the Stars gala at the Berry Center and supports the educational efforts of the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation and Cy-Fair ISD.     

“The hospital would like to congratulate each recipient on their hard work and dedication,” said Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer of Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.  “It is because of teachers like these, who help prepare our future doctors and nurses, that we are happy to sponsor such a wonderful event.”

The event was a huge success and raised over $145,000 for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, which funds both teacher grants and student scholarships for higher education. 

Cy-Fair Hospital has been serving the Cy-Fair community for over 26 years.  For more information on Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, visit www.CyFairHospital.com or call 800-681-2733.

Senior Health Day at Cy-Fair Hospital11/10/2009

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital offers specialized care designed to meet the needs of the seniors in our community. From our experienced, caring nursing staff and comfortable accommodations to our patient-focused protocols and senior-friendly health care services, Cy-Fair Hospital is dedicated to improving your health.

The Cypress Fairbanks Senior Services Program at Cy-Fair Hospital is proud to be your resource for all of your health related questions.  That’s why we’re hosting a Senior Health Day event at Cy-Fair Hospital!

The event will take place on November 19th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Free preventative screenings and health information will be provided, along with snacks and refreshments.  The screenings that will be offered include blood pressure checks, bone density screenings, cholesterol and glucose checks, health and nutritional counseling, Medicare coverage information, senior services information, and much more. 

Reservations are required for screening services and appointments are limited.  Call 877-763-9467 to reserve your spot and be the picture of good health.

To find out more about our Senior Services Program, visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Seniors.

Cy-Fair Hospital Awarded Several CIGNA Awards11/10/2009Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital announced recently that it has received three CIGNA quality designations and two Centers of Excellence designations for 2009.  This recognition means that Cy-Fair Hospital has met rigorous quality criteria based on nationally recognized medical standards.

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital received the following designations: CIGNA quality for Caesarean Section, Adult Pneumonia, and Vaginal Delivery and CIGNA Centers of Excellence for Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal and Gastric Bypass.

The designations are awarded based on the hospital’s effectiveness in treating the selected condition or performing the procedure. The designations are based in part of a hospital’s CMS Hospital Compare measures, Leapfrog Patient Safety Measures, mortality, and complication rates.

“Being recognized by CIGNA is a testament to the level of care our staff and physicians provide to patients everyday and is evidence of our hospital’s commitment to providing high quality care,” said Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer for Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.  “Such recognitions demonstrate that we deliver care that exceeds nationally recognized standards for these conditions, and we are proud to be the hospital of choice for the community.”

For more than twenty-six years, Cy-Fair Hospital has been providing rapid treatment and advanced care for a variety of medical situations. This has enabled the hospital to receive these and many other distinguished recognitions.  

Visit www.CyFairHospital.com or call 800-681-2733 for more information on Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.

Cy-Fair Hospital Recognizes Alzheimer's Awareness Month11/5/2009

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital wants to encourage the community to take care of their brains as well as the rest of their body. 

Everyone forgets things from time to time. However, you may have cause for concern if you have difficulty performing familiar tasks, lose interest in usual activities, or exhibit personality changes. These may be symptoms of dementia, a neurological disorder that makes it difficult to communicate, learn, and remember.

“The difference between simple memory lapses and dementia is that the signs and symptoms of dementia gradually worsen over time,” explains Mansoora Sheikh, MD, geriatrician on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “A diagnosis of dementia may be made when two or more brain functions are significantly impaired, such as memory, speech, perception, or cognitive skills such as reasoning.”

Risk factors for developing dementia include advancing age, family history, smoking or alcohol abuse, high cholesterol, diabetes, Down syndrome, elevated homocysteine (an amino acid in the blood) levels, or atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arteries).

The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which affects more than 5 million Americans.  Alzheimer’s is a condition that results from the death of nerve cells in areas of the brain that control cognitive function and memory. There is no cure for the disease, but people can take steps to keep their brains healthier as they age and reduce their risks for developing Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

·                    Eat your veggies and blueberries. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, as well as green, leafy vegetables like spinach can help slow the rate of cognitive decline. The high antioxidant levels in blueberries work to keep the brain functioning correctly.

·                    Watch your fat intake. Limit foods high in saturated fats, such as meats and dairy. Choose foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, including salmon, tuna, and monounsaturated olive and canola oils.

·                    Stay mentally alert and socially active. “Challenge your brain with activities that strengthen brain cells, such as reading, doing crossword puzzles, playing board games, or learning a new skill,” suggests Dr. Sheikh. Staying socially active can help reduce stress levels and maintain healthy connections among brain cells.

·                    Keep exercising. Being physically active ensures good blood flow to the brain, which reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes, and protects against risk factors for dementia.

For more information about keeping your mind sharp and reducing your risk for developing dementia, or for a referral to a physician, call 800-681-2733.

Cy-Fair Receives Several HealthGrades Awards10/30/2009 

A study issued this month by HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization, finds that Cypress Fairbanks Hospital Medical Center is among the top 10 percent in the nation for pulmonary care. Cypress Fairbanks is recipient of the 2010 Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ for the sixth year in a row.  The nation’s nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals were all included in the sweeping study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data from 2006, 2007, and 2008.

As a result, Cypress Fairbanks is recognized for the following quality of care distinctions:   

·        Five-Star Rated for Overall Pulmonary Services for 6 years in a row

·        Five-Star Rated for the Treatment of Pneumonia for 7 years in a row

·        Five-Star Rated for the Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 5 years in a row

·        Five-Star Rated for the Treatment of Sepsis for 5 years in a row

·        Highest Possible Five-Star Ratings for the Treatment of Heart Failure for 2 years in a row

“Providing quality health care services is the top priority of each physician, nurse, and ancillary staff member at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital,” said Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer of the hospital in northwest Houston. “We have been dedicated to caring for our community for over 26 years, and we continue to stay focused on improving our patients’ outcomes every day. The quality designations from this study are further proof of our commitment to building a healthier community and to achieving clinical excellence throughout our hospital.”

The HealthGrades Twelfth Annual Hospital Quality in America Study™, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes from nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records.

Top-performing hospitals had dramatically lower mortality rates than other hospitals, according to the study. For the 17 procedures and diagnoses for which HealthGrades analyzed mortality rates, patients at top hospitals had a 72 percent lower chance of dying when compared with the lowest-performing hospitals, and a 52 percent lower chance of dying when compared to the U.S. national average.

Previous awards this year include the 2009/2010 Maternity Care Excellence Award™, which put Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital in the top 10% in the nation for maternity care, and a five-star rating for bariatric surgery for the fourth consecutive year, among others.

For further details on Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital’s quality ratings, visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Quality.

Community Breast Health Event at Cy-Fair Hospital10/16/2009October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is raising awareness.  Breast cancer affects one in eight women in the United States. Early detection is one of the most powerful tools in the fight against breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that women over the age of 40 get a mammogram once a year.

The Women’s Imaging Center at Cy-Fair Hospital is inviting the community to a Breast Health Event on Thursday, October 29th, from 6-8p.m in the hospital’s Professional Building Classroom located at 11302 Fallbrook Drive.  This event will offer education on breast self-exams, general breast health information, breast health giveaways, and a bone density screening.  Refreshments will also be served.  Call 800-681-2733 to register today.

The experienced, caring staff at Cypress Fairbanks Women’s Imaging Center understand the importance and sensitive nature of breast health. Our beautifully decorated facility provides a warm, inviting environment for you to receive “softer mammogram” with advanced digital mammography services and support for your women’s imaging needs.

Visit us online at www.CypressFairbanksWomensImaging.com to learn more about our services and amenities.

H1N1 Flu Information Line at Cy-Fair Hospital10/16/2009

Need Information on H1N1 Flu?

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital now has a special H1N1 Information Line that will provide you with information about the flu including: general information, symptoms, when to seek medical treatment and at-risk groups and vaccinations.  The service offers pre-recorded messages along with an option to get a free, confidential physician referral.  To access the H1N1 Information Line, please call 1-800-711-3463.

Dr. Bery Receives Patient's Choice Award10/9/2009

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is pleased to announce that Tarang Bery, MD, an anesthesiologist on staff at the hospital, has received a Patient’s Choice Recognition Award from Consumer Research.  Dr. Bery has been on staff at CFMCH for 9 years. 

This honor reflects the difference he has made in his patient’s lives through the exceptionally high praise granted to him by his patients.  Every month, more than 40,000 patients across the United States provide online feedback about their experiences with doctors.  They rate various components such as bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, degree of follow-up, courtesy of office staff, and overall opinions.  A select few receive universally rave reviews and are voted by the patients for this honor.

“I am honored to receive this award,” says Dr. Bery.  “My primary goal has always been to put the patient’s needs first, and I am happy that my patients agree that this has been done.”

CFMCH is honored to have physicians such as Dr. Bery on our staff.  Visit www.CyFairHospital.com to learn more about our hospital or call 800-681-2733 for a physician referral. 

Walk from Obesity10/1/2009Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital helped sponsor the 4th annual Walk from Obesity.  The walk was held on Saturday, September 12th at Bear Creek Park. Despite threatening rain, the event had over 200 walkers participate, and was a total of 2 miles.  

In cities across the United States, individuals affected by obesity, their family members and friends, healthcare professionals, and many others come together and proudly walk to raise awareness of the disease of obesity, childhood obesity, and morbid obesity in the annual Walk from Obesity.

“Most of the participants were former weight loss surgery patients, who before their weight loss surgery would have never dreamed of being able to walk 2 miles,” explains Dee Siddens R.N. Bariatric Coordinator for CFMCH. “It is always a joy to see the progress that the patients make in their journey.”

All funds generated from the event support the ASMBS Foundation and its research and professional education initiatives, and the patient and general public educational and advocacy programs of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC).  Supporting sponsors had individual booths set up allowing participants to view their products and receive samples and many donations were received and raffled off at the end of the event. In the years past, Houston has been cited for raising the most money for the event.  Preliminary donation results show that over $37,000 was raised for this event.  CFMCH would like to thank all the sponsors and vendors for their support!

Advanced Treatment Available for Those Suffering from Continuing Urinary Incontinence Issues10/1/2009

Approximately 25 million American adults experience loss of bladder or bowel control, but they often don’t have to. According to the National Association for Continence, 80 percent of those affected by urinary incontinence can be cured or significantly helped. For some people, this involuntary release of urine can affect their quality of life. Women are twice as likely as men to experience incontinence; approximately 10 percent of people over the age of 65 have this potentially embarrassing problem.

Incontinence is a symptom, not a disease. On a temporary basis, it can be caused by vaginal infections, constipation, or certain medications. “Persistent urinary incontinence may be caused by weakness of the bladder or the muscles supporting it, overactive bladder muscles, or urinary tract blockage,” explains Tamyra Comeaux, MD, OB/GYN on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.

Once the cause of urinary incontinence has been identified, treatment options usually fall into three main categories: behavioral techniques, which require making certain lifestyle changes; medications; and medical devices or surgery. More than 200 variations of surgical procedures can be performed to treat causes of urinary incontinence.  

One advanced treatment is InterStim Therapy, which is effective urinary control via sacral nerve stimulation.  “For patients that don’t benefit from conventional treatment techniques and medications, InterStim Therapy may be an option,” adds Dr. Comeaux.  “A potential patient first undergoes a minimally invasive test, either in the office or in the hospital, to see if the therapy might work for them.  If the test is successful and the patient has an improvement in their symptoms, they receive a long term device to help control their symptoms.”

Urinary incontinence should not be suffered in silence. Hiding incontinence can lead to rashes, sores, and skin or urinary tract infections. Talk to your doctor about testing and treatment options available for urinary incontinence. Call 800-681-2733 or visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Physician to find a specialist to care for your needs.  

Free Chair Massages Promote Breast Health9/25/2009

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is raising awareness.  Breast cancer affects one in eight women in the United States. There is no one-size-fits-all diagnosis for breast cancer itself, so it is important for you to be aware of the risks for developing the disease and to undergo regular screenings. Early detection is one of the most powerful tools in the fight against breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that women over the age of 40 get a mammogram once a year.

The experienced, caring staff at Cypress Fairbanks Women’s Imaging Center understand the importance and sensitive nature of breast health. Our beautifully decorated facility provides a warm, inviting environment for you to receive advanced digital mammography services and support for your women’s imaging needs. Visit us online at www.CypressFairbanksWomensImaging.com to learn more about our services and amenities.

As a bonus, join us at the Women’s Imaging Center on Saturday, October 10th or Saturday, October 24th for your annual screening mammogram and receive a free, five minute chair massage while you wait, courtesy of Dahn Yoga.  Call 281-897-3121 to schedule your appointment. 

Urgent Care Center Provides Low-Cost Flu Shots9/24/2009

2010 Flu Shots are Available for Anyone Age Over the Age of 9 and the cost is $20

The press release information below reflects the 2009 flu vaccine and NOT the 2010 flu vaccine:
Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center will be providing low-cost, annual flu shots to the community starting October 1st, while supplies last.  Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible.        

An annual vaccination is recommended because strains of flu virus change from year to year. October or November is the best time because infection-fighting antibodies that protect against the flu take about two weeks to develop in the body. But even if you wait, a flu shot may still help prevent illness since the flu season can last until May. It is important to remember that a vaccination does not offer complete protection against illness, but if you do get the flu afterwards, you are less at risk of developing flu-related complications.

The Urgent Care Center is open 7 days a week: Monday – Friday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9a.m. – 9p.m.  Walk in and receive care when you need it most - no appointment is necessary. Patients are treated on a first-come, first-serve basis and are seen as quickly as possible. Most health plans, as well as cash, personal check, Visa, and MasterCard are accepted.  The Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center is located at 9110 Barker Cypress Road, near West Road.  Call 281-517-9900 or visit www.CyFairUrgentCare.com for more information.

Urgent Care Center has New Expanded Hours9/8/2009Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center is a convenient alternative when you can’t see your doctor as soon as you would like.  Now, it’s even more convenient.  Beginning Saturday, September 5th, the Urgent Care Center will have expanded Saturday and Sunday hours, from 9a.m. – 9p.m.  This is an addition of three hours to their previous times.   

The Urgent Care Center provides you and families like yours convenient access to quality medical care for non-emergency problems such as sore throats, ear infections, minor burns, or cuts and bruises. The Center, staffed by experienced physicians, can perform certain laboratory and diagnostic X-ray services on-site. 

Walk in and receive care when you need it most - no appointment is necessary. The Urgent Care Center is open 7 days a week: Monday – Friday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9a.m. – 9p.m. Patients are treated on a first-come, first-serve basis and are seen as quickly as possible. Most health plans, as well as cash, personal check, Visa, and MasterCard are accepted.  The Cypress Fairbanks Urgent Care Center is located at 9110 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress TX 77433.  Call 281-517-9900 or visit www.CyFairHospital.com/UrgentCare for more information.

CFMCH Volunteers Gather for a Good Cause8/14/2009 

Recently, the Volunteer Auxiliary at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital got together for a good cause.  When the volunteers attended an Ice Cream Social held in their honor by the hospital, they each brought school supplies to donate for the upcoming school year.  Included were backpacks, notebooks, binders, paper, markers, pencils, and glue, just to name a few.

These supplies will be donated to the Cypress Assistance Ministries, who will provide the items to schoolchildren in need in the community. 

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is very fortunate to have a team of dedicated volunteers to help meet the needs of the community.  The volunteer program has nearly 120 men and women who work in many different areas of the hospital, including the emergency room, gift shop, information desk, and nursing units. Volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills or strengthen old ones, explore a career in health care, extend their social network, and do their part to help others in the community.  For more information about volunteering at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Volunteer or call (281) 897-3186.

[Photo caption: CFMCH Volunteer Auxiliary president, Toni Wessley (pictured on the right) and Secretary, Catherine Scott (pictured on the left), with some of the school supplies donated by the hospital volunteers.]

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