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Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Unveils the Women’s & Children’s Pavilion

Houston, TX - 11/10/2011

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has expanded its women’s and children’s services to better meet the needs of the Northwest Houston community, doubling the number of neonatal intensive care beds and opening a high-risk obstetrics unit.

The Women’s & Children’s Pavilion was officially dedicated Saturday at a community health fair, featuring speakers and screenings and a reunion of NICU patients. Willowbrook’s maternity services, often recognized for its high quality care, now has expanded capabilities to care for high risk obstetric patients with a nine bed ante partum unit designed for at-risk pregnancies. The neonatal intensive care unit was expanded from 10 beds to 22 beds for babies who require additional care with the support of neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners who are also on staff at Texas Children’s Hospital. These specialists are in the hospital 24/7 to provide an expert level of care.

The 12 bed addition in the neonatal services department allows for mothers to stay with their babies in most instances. The Pavilion also has a pediatric unit with pediatric hospitalists to care for children who have short stay needs in the hospital after evaluation from the Emergency Department or post surgery. The pediatric unit operates under specific pediatric protocols and policies with pediatric trained nurses and can, in many instances, prevent the need for transfer to the Texas Medical Center facilities.

Connected to the Women’s & Children’s Pavilion is the North Pavilion, which opened May 2010 and includes adult surgical, imaging and emergency departments, as well as intensive care units and three floors of medical/surgical inpatient beds.

“The Methodist Hospital System invested more than $240 million last year to expand the Willowbrook campus. We are making great strides to meet the growing needs of our community and to provide specialty services and care to the patients we serve at a greatly increased level,” said Beryl Ramsey, CEO, Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and Senior Vice President, The Methodist Hospital System.

Ramsey said Methodist Willowbrook has advanced to a new level of tertiary care for Northwest Houston with the expansion of services that includes open heart procedures and neurosurgery, accredited stroke and accredited chest pain services, a critical care team in the hospital 24/7, orthopedics and sports medicine and maternity care.

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is a not-for-profit, faith based hospital that is part of The Methodist Hospital System. For more information on the expanded services at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, please visit our website at www.methodisthealth.com or for a physician referral, please call the physician referral line at 281-737-2500.

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