Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital celebrates expansion with physician office staff

Michelle Benton, Allison Gustave, Katherine Thomas Barlow and Amber Alley with Southwest OB/GYN enjoy a luncheon at Houston Methodist Sugar Land.

Michelle Benton, Allison Gustave, Katherine Thomas Barlow and Amber Alley with Southwest OB/GYN enjoy a luncheon at Houston Methodist Sugar Land.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital celebrated the hospital’s ongoing expansion by hosting a special luncheon for the often “unsung heroes” of medicine – office managers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical assistants and other professionals who provide the first level of patient care and keep physician offices running smoothly.

More than 175 people attended the event, which included brief presentations on the sixth floor opening of the new Brazos Pavilion and the new Critical Care Intensivist Program, followed by a Q&A with CEO Chris Siebenaler.

“Physician office staff members play a critical role in every patient’s treatment process,” Siebenaler said. “We are honored to celebrate the hospital’s growth, leading technology and expanded services, and to share our excitement for the future with them.”

Office staff members were pleased to learn that Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s second patient care unit in the Brazos Pavilion has opened; the first being the Brazos ICU on the second floor. The sixth floor opened 16 beds as of May 16, with plans to expand to 28. This unit is dedicated to general medical/surgical, gynecology and urology patients.

Rebecca Turner and Diana Coker with Texas Spine & Neurosurgery Center visit during a luncheon at Houston Methodist Sugar Land.

Rebecca Turner and Diana Coker with Texas Spine & Neurosurgery Center visit during a luncheon at Houston Methodist Sugar Land.

“I enjoy attending these luncheons and finding out the latest and greatest about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Knowing this information allows us to be up-to-date for our physicians, office staff and patients. It is wonderful to be a part of a hospital that continues to evolve and expand to meet the growing population of our community,” said Michelle Benton, Southwest OB/GYN Administrator. “Our physicians rest assured knowing our patients are receiving the best care with the latest state-of-the-art technology all in one convenient place and so close to home.”

The fifth floor of the Brazos Pavilion is scheduled to open next, with a goal of opening within three to six months, once all necessary staff has been recruited.

“As the Fort Bend and surrounding areas continue to grow, the hospital must also grow to meet the needs of the community,” said Siebenaler. “With the building and staff enhancements we continue to make, Houston Methodist Sugar Land will continue to be the premier health care provider in Fort Bend.”

In addition to the new Brazos Pavilion, the ICUs at Houston Methodist Sugar Land will soon be the only ICUs in the area to be staffed by specially trained critical care physicians, who will be on-site 24/7.

While providing compassionate care to every patient is the top priority of Houston Methodist Sugar Land, it is also important to keep the physicians, their office staff and patients informed of expansion updates and services through celebrations such as the physician office staff luncheon.

“I appreciate the hospital scheduling the staff luncheon because they offer a productive forum to discuss opportunities to enhance interactions between physician offices and the hospital,” said Rebecca Turner, Texas Spine & Neurosurgery Center Administrator. “I enjoy the updates on the many expansion projects on campus, which allows us to intelligently answer patient questions, further assuring them that we have a cohesive relationship with the hospital.”

For more information about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland or call 281-274-7500 for a physician referral. Visit their Facebook page at fb.com/methodistsugarland for the latest news, events and information.

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