Houston Methodist St. John Hospital growing as it marks first anniversary

3-1 Houston MethodistTo better serve Bay Area residents, Houston Methodist St. John Hospital continues to add new physicians, staff and programs to care for patients as it celebrates its first anniversary as a part of the Houston Methodist System.

These, plus other significant milestones, are part of the leadership team’s foundation for growth that began one year ago when Houston Methodist acquired majority ownership from Christus Health.

“We are extremely proud to be a part of Houston Methodist, which is consistently recognized as one of the finest healthcare institutions in the country,” said Dan Newman, CEO of Houston Methodist St. John. “As part of Houston Methodist, our goal is to ensure that we are providing the highest quality care and best service to the communities of the greater Bay Area. To achieve this, we are following in the path of the other Houston Methodist hospitals by enhancing services, adding skilled, experienced physicians to our medical staff and growing our capabilities to bring the most sophisticated procedures and treatments here, close to home.”

As the team at St. John celebrates the milestone as a Houston Methodist hospital, they recount a number of goals already accomplished:

  • The Houston Methodist St. John Hospital Board of Directors approved implementation of a master facility plan. Houston Methodist has engaged the consulting firm Kurt Salmon and the global design firm HKS Architects to assess the hospital’s existing infrastructure, utilities and associated market needs that will be necessary to support future growth.
  • Five new physicians were recruited to join the medical staff: Drs. Niloufar Ghadiri; Carmen Hernandez Zhang; Jeffrey Jaglowski; Kyle Stephens and Melissa Hu. Three longstanding St. John physicians joined the Houston Methodist Physician Group: Drs. Kenneth R. First; Larry Watson and R. Sam Lingamfelter.

When asked why he left private practice to join the Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group, Dr. First replied, “Joining Houston Methodist provides the opportunity to work closely with other orthopedic and sports medicine specialists across Houston. I’ll have the ability to collaborate on the innovative technology and new surgical techniques being developed at Houston Methodist and use those to the benefit of patients here in the Bay Area.”

Last July, St. John achieved Cycle IV Chest Pain Center status granted by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. This accreditation recognizes hospitals for rapid diagnosis and treatment of heart attack patients, including effective integration of EMS, Emergency department and community outreach efforts. More recently, St. John received designation as a Stroke Ready hospital by DNV Healthcare, the nationally recognized provider of hospital accreditation.

The hospital’s first year of growth and development sets the stage for future expansion and improvement of numerous service lines including women’s services, neurology and cardiology; as well as the continued enhancement of orthopedics, primary care, general surgery and other programs.

“We’ve achieved a great deal in a short time, but we are really just beginning,” Newman adds. “With the support of Houston Methodist, we will continue to work toward further integration with our sister hospitals, growing our facilities and services and adding to our excellent staff of physicians, nurses and other health care professionals.”

For more information on Houston Methodist St. John Hospital, call 281-523-2000 or visit www.houstonmethodist.org/st-john-clear-lake.  To find a HMSTJ physician, call 713-790-3333.

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