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Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014

A comunity where medicine is flourishing Patients grateful for top-quality care in the suburbs Twenty-five miles west of Houston, Dr. Warren Ellsworth and his team are providing patients with the best of both worlds – top-quality Houston Methodist care close to their suburban homes. As Medical Director of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Houston Methodist West Hospital, Dr. Ellsworth collaborates with breast surgeons from the community, including MD Anderson Cancer Center surgeons in Katy, performing three to four breast reconstructions every week. “It’s a unique situation,” Dr. Ellsworth says. “I can be part of the patient’s care from diagnosis through reconstruction. Patients feel like they’re getting the best of both worlds. The MD Anderson surgeon resects the tumor, then I come in to do reconstruction.” Both procedures often take place simultaneously at Houston Methodist West. It’s teamwork at its best – working together to restore what cancer took away and make patients whole again, he says. For patient Wendy Moreland and her husband Ben, the care she received at Houston Methodist West was empowering. And it came in a convenient West Houston location close to their home. She had just undergone successful ankle surgery performed by Houston Methodist Hospital’s Dr. Kevin Varner, when her routine mammogram in June 2014 revealed a stage 0 DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ) cancer. It was her second diagnosis of this noninvasive form of cancer, a type that increases a patient’s chances of more deadly cancers. Her surgical oncologist, MD Anderson’s Dr. Jessica Suarez, referred the Morelands to Dr. Ellsworth, a frequent collaborator and colleague from training. Growing even more involved. As members of The Society for Leading Medicine (see page 30), the Morelands already had an affinity for Houston Methodist. In fact, Ben’s late father, Bill Moreland, was an administrator at Houston Methodist for 15 years, and Ben grew up around the hospital and its people. The Moreland’s meeting with Dr. Ellsworth inspired confidence and helped them make the difficult decision for Wendy to undergo a mastectomy and immediate reconstruction. More than 12 weeks post-surgery, Wendy estimates she’s 90 percent back to normal, playing tennis, golf and doing regular workouts. Her checkups are routine, any fear disappeared. The Morelands look forward to becoming more active in Houston Methodist and gave a generous gift in honor of Ben’s father to support the Translational Research Initiative (see page 8). Their gift also is to recognize and show appreciation for Houston Methodist staff, physicians and management. “We can’t say enough about Houston Methodist West and Dr. Ellsworth,” Ben says. “They were phenomenal.” 12 Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation


Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014
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