HOSPITALS

Hope clinic opens its 2nd location in houston

by Jacob David
HOUSTON, TX: Hope Clinic opened its second location for serving the underprivileged families and community members on 14438 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, Texas. The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony took place on November 17 at 3 PM.

Hope Clinic’s mission is to “provide quality healthcare without any prejudice to all people of Greater Houston in a culturally and linguistically competent manner.”

The Asian American Health Coalition established HOPE Clinic in 2002 as a non-profit clinic for Houston’s under-served and socially isolated communities. Hope is now a full time Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing care to over 45,000 patients yearly.

Some of the services provided at the clinic are family medicine, pediatrics, Ob/Gyn, Nutrition, Well Woman Exams, Prenatal Care, Mental and Behavioral health. They are open Monday to Friday between 8 AM to 5 PM. They can be reached at 713-773-0803. Visit their website www.hopechc.org for more details, event updates and articles on their blog related to preventive healthcare.
“The Asian American Health Coalition (AAHC) of the Greater Houston Area, dba HOPE Clinic, provides health care services to all regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. HOPE Clinic serves the uninsured, under insured, those with limited English proficiency, and the low-income. A unique characteristic of HOPE Clinic is its capacity to provide services in 14 different languages, including: Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Burmese, Arabic, and Spanish. HOPE Clinic is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).” (hopechc.org).

FREE ACCESS HEALTH CLINIC LOCATIONS FOR HOUSTON RESIDENTS

Richmond Center
400 Austin Street
Richmond, Texas 77469
281-342-4530

Services offered: pediatric, family, immunizations, lab services, behavioral health and case management, women’s services, pharmacy

Stafford Center
10435 Greenbough Drive
Suite 300
Stafford, TX 77477
281-261-0182
Services offered: pediatric, immunizations, lab services, dental services

Missouri City Center
307 Texas Parkway
Suite 100
Missouri City, TX 77489
281-969-1800
Services offered: family, pediatric, women’s services, immunizations, lab services, behavioral health and case management, pharmacy

Ridgemont Center
5353 Ridgecreek Circle
Houston, Texas 77053
281-969-1825
Services offered: pediatric, immunizations, lab services, dental services

Brookshire Center
531 FM 359 S
Brookshire, Texas 77423
281-822-4235
Services offered: family, pediatric, women’s services, pharmacy services, immunizations, lab services

Rosenberg WIC
1720 B.F. Terry Blvd., Suite. A
Rosenberg, Texas 77471
281-238-2306 (General Information)
281-238-2316 (Appointment Line)
Services offered: Women, Infants and Children’s Nutrition Program

Stafford WIC
10435 Greenbough Drive
Suite 300
Stafford, Texas 77477
281.969.1835
Services offered: Women, Infants and Children’s Nutrition Program

Brookshire WIC
531 FM 359 S
Brookshire, Texas 77423
281.822.4242
Services offered: Women, Infants and Children’s Nutrition Program

Katy WIC
1260 Pin Oak Rd
Suite 110
Katy, Texas 77494
281-391-4168 (General Information)
281.391.4172 (Appointment Line)
Services offered: Women, Infants and Children’s Nutrition Program

Wharton WIC
2015 N. Fulton
Wharton, Texas 77488
979.532.8755
Services offered: Women, Infants and Children’s Nutrition Program

El Campo WIC
500 Foerster
El Campo, Texas 77437
979-543-4310
Services offered: Women, Infants and Children’s Nutrition Program

Eagle Lake WIC
700 McCarty
Eagle Lake, Texas 77434
979.234.2066
Services offered: Women, Infants and Children’s Nutrition Program

Columbus WIC
539 Spring Street
Columbus, Texas 78934
979-732-6635 (General Information)
Services offered: Women, Infants and Children’s Nutrition Program

Bellville WIC
800 E. Wendt Street
Bellville, Texas 77418
979.865.9717
Services offered: Women, Infants and Children’s Nutrition Program

Prairie View WIC
FM 1098, Box 994
Prairie View, Texas 77446
936-261-1440
Services offered: Women, Infants and Children’s Nutrition Program

Weimar WIC
301 W. Saint Charles
Weimar, Texas 78962
979-725-6100
Services offered: Women, Infants and Children’s Nutrition Program

Sealy WIC
526 Ward Street
Sealy, Texas 77474
979-885-0517
Services offered: Women, Infants and Children’s Nutrition Program

Wheelchair-bound man walks again thanks to Houston Methodist doctors

SUGAR LAND—(May 27, 2015) — The weakness in Aaron Sammut’s legs had progressed so rapidly that he could no longer walk.

By the time the 64-year-old Missouri City resident made an appointment with board-certified neurologist Larry Tran, M.D. – one of the specialists at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Neuroscience & Spine Center – he was confined to a wheelchair and was completely dependent on his wife and daughter.
Thanks to a coordinated effort between Dr. Tran and his colleagues at the Neuroscience & Spine Center, Sammut was up and walking before the end of the week.

“After an initial examination, it was very apparent that Mr. Sammut had overactive reflexes, which are often caused by damage to the spinal cord,” says Dr. Tran, who quickly scheduled an MRI for Sammut at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. That test showed a dangerous compression of Sammut’s spinal cord in the chest area, caused by a bone spur.

“This was a serious situation that needed immediate attention,” says Dr. Tran. “When you have this level of compression, the risk of permanent paralysis is always present.”

That afternoon, Dr. Tran called a colleague at the Neuroscience & Spine Center – board-certified neurosurgeon Vincent Wang, M.D. – and asked him to take the case. Dr. Wang admitted Sammut to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital immediately, where he started taking medication to reduce the swelling around his spinal cord.

The next day, Dr. Wang performed surgery to remove the bone spur. Two days later, Sammut was up and walking with minimal rehabilitation. Today, he has fully recovered and the risk of further damage from his spinal compression is resolved.

“We went from MRI to surgery in less than 24 hours,” says Dr. Wang. “Dr. Tran didn’t need to search for a surgeon or put the patient through a lengthy referral process. He just picked up the phone and called me. Together we quickly got the patient back on his feet – literally.”

That level of coordination is key to the expedited care available at the Neuroscience and Spine Center. In addition to close communication between physicians, the Neuroscience & Spine Center has a full-time patient care navigator to help facilitate scheduling and ensure prompt appointments.
Most importantly, the Neuroscience & Spine Center has the expertise and capabilities to perform even the most complex procedures.

“Houston Methodist Sugar Land is the only hospital in this area to have a full neuroscience program, and we are backed by the latest technology & outstanding facilities and staff, including specially trained neuroradiologists,” says neurosurgeon Dr. Rajesh Bindal, M.D., medical director of the Neuroscience & Spine Center. “We are performing complex, sometimes life-saving, procedures right here in Fort Bend, every day. And because we work together so well, we can quickly and easily bring in a colleague with a subspecialty that our patients need and collaborate on their treatment. The end result is that our patients receive the best possible care in a comfortable, convenient location that makes it easier to recover.”

Physicians at the Neuroscience & Spine Center specialize in neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic spine surgery and interventional pain management while offering a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Some of the center’s areas of focus include:

  • Alzheimer’s and memory disorders
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Back and neck pain
  • Brain and spinal tumors
  • Epilepsy and seizures
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle and nerve injuries
  • Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Stroke

“Much of the care we provide was previously available only in the medical center,” says Dr. Bindal. “Our patients are always grateful to learn that we can help them right here in Fort Bend, and I’m proud that we can offer this level of care to our neighbors.”

“These doctors at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Neuroscience and Spine Center are miracle-workers. What can I say? I went in paralyzed and walked out three days later,” says Sammut.

Hospice Services Support the Loving Care of Families

by Thuy Hanh Trinh, MD
The Asian population in the United States is rapidly growing, making up 3.8 percent of the total population of Texas in 2010 1. As our population ages, medical professionals are finding that cultural factors influence the decisions of the patients and their families as their illnesses progress.

End of life care involves a time of medical, financial, and emotional changes for patients and their families. Patients can be referred to a hospice when they are diagnosed with a terminal condition with a prognosis of 6 months or less. Hospice provides a team-oriented method of addressing not just physical pain, but also spiritual and emotional pain.

The cost of hospice care is covered entirely by Medicare and Medicaid for patients with these benefits. For those patients with private insurance, verifying benefits with the insurance company is important prior to signing on. The hospice team can provide services wherever the patient lives, whether that is in a home, an assisted living facility, or a nursing home. In the case that the patient has uncontrolled symptoms of pain, nausea, shortness of breath, or restlessness, hospice has inpatient facilities which may provide a higher level of care.

Having a hospice team to address their concerns and a 24-hour hospice nurse to call can provide families with the peace of mind that they are not alone, even in their most trying times. The hospice team can follow patients and families on their journey through illness; from the time their active treatments are no longer beneficial, to comforting moments enriched by hospice’s supportive care when patients can be among their loved ones. For more information about hospice comfort care, visit the Texas Nonprofit Hospice Association at www.tnpha.org

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1 U.S. Bureau of the Census. http://www.census.gov/popest/counties/asrh/. Accessed 2/22/2015