Advanced heart and vascular care, right here

February 1st, 2021

At Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Bay Area residents have access to comprehensive, advanced heart and vascular care, right in their own community.

Cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon Cesar Nahas, MD, associate professor at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), who serves as medical director of the cardiac surgery program at Memorial Hermann Southeast, says what sets Memorial Hermann Southeast apart is the hospital’s ability to deliver medical center expertise and personalized care, right in the community. “We’re small enough to be attentive to each patient, while keeping the quality of care high,” he says.

The affiliated heart and vascular specialists at Memorial Hermann Southeast, supported by a team of dedicated operating room nurses, ICU nurses, technicians, operating room technicians, perfusionists, nurse practitioners, office managers and office staff, provide a full spectrum of heart care—from prevention to treatment to recovery—all delivered in a convenient, personalized setting.

Prevention and Diagnosis

Specialty trained physicians affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast assess a patient’s risk for heart and vascular disease and then prescribe lifestyle modifications and/or medication, perform noninvasive and invasive diagnostic tests, and coordinate with other specialists for wellness, nutrition and weight management.

Accredited Chest Pain Center

Successful treatment of a heart attack requires immediate medical attention. Memorial Hermann Southeast is an accredited Chest Pain Center and a Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) hospital through The Joint Commission.  The hospital operates ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI) cardiac catheterization labs 24/7, ensuring patients receive fast intervention to clear blockages and relieve heart attack symptoms.

Minimally Invasive Heart Procedures

The affiliated cardiac surgeons at Memorial Hermann Southeast perform both traditional open and minimally invasive heart procedures, the latter of which may result in smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays, less pain and quicker return to normal activities.

Memorial Hermann Southeast is one of five Memorial Hermann facilities offering transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), an innovative minimally invasive treatment for patients with severe aortic valve disease.

Affiliated cardiovascular disease specialist Abhijeet Dhoble, MD, associate professor at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, says, “Through Memorial Hermann’s academic partnership with UTHealth, our patients also have access to all the major mitral, tricuspid and aortic valve replacement clinical trials.”

Vascular and Endovascular Treatments

Affiliated vascular and endovascular surgeons at Memorial Hermann Southeast perform vascular and less invasive, endovascular, procedures to correct blood vessels outside of the heart and brain that may be narrowed, blocked or dilated. Examples include aortic aneurysm repair, balloon angioplasty, bypass surgery, carotid endarterectomy, carotid stenting and fistula creation and repair.

As affiliated vascular surgeon Sophia Khan-Makoid, MD, assistant professor at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, explains, “Heart surgeons and neurosurgeons focus on the heart and brain, respectively. Vascular surgeons take care of all the blood vessels coming from the heart, going to the brain, arms, gut and all the way down to the legs.”

Heart Rhythm Treatments

Heart arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, can affect the heart’s ability to pump blood properly and can lead to serious health issues. The team of skilled electrophysiologists affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast diagnoses and treats all types of heart arrythmias, including atrial fibrillation (AFib). Depending on the diagnosis, a patient’s treatment plan might include medication and/or cardioversion, pacemaker/ICD implantation or heart ablation.

The Latest Technologies

Memorial Hermann Southeast boasts the latest technologies, including robotic surgical systems, state-of-the-art catheter labs, two hybrid operating-endovascular suites, a cardiovascular intensive care unit (CV-ICU) and a dedicated cardiac rehabilitation facility. “The quality of care in this hospital is unbelievable,” says affiliated structural/interventional cardiologist Nadish Garg, MD. “The nursing support is amazing, and the facilities are state-of-the-art.”

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Memorial Hermann Southeast offers a medically supervised 12-week cardiac rehabilitation program designed to reduce a patient’s risk of re-hospitalization, lessen the need for cardiac medications and encourage a return to work following a heart-related illness. Each program is tailored to the patient’s specific needs and includes exercise, nutrition counseling, stress management and other services.

Keeping Patients Safe

To keep patients safe, Memorial Hermann introduced Safe Wait™, a new safety protocol that enforces social distancing in patient waiting areas, includes screening of patients and employees, staggering scheduled appointments and, when necessary, asking patients to wait in their vehicles for their appointments. With Safe Wait and the other safety measures in place, patients can get the care they need with peace of mind.

An Ongoing Commitment

Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Noel J. Cárdenas says the hospital will continue to offer new and innovative heart and vascular services and treatments. “Heart disease is a leading cause of death among U.S. adults. Memorial Hermann is at the forefront of advancing heart health in Houston. We are committed to helping Bay Area residents prevent or manage cardiovascular illness through advanced, personalized care.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 713.222.2273.

Memorial Hermann executive presented 2019 Athena Award

June 1st, 2019

League City Regional Chamber of Commerce Board Director, Rolando Villarreal with Hilltop Securities and 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient, Ashlea Quinonez, Memorial Hermann Health System.

By Mary Alys Cherry

Ashlea Quinonez, Memorial Hermann Health System’s director of government relations, is the 2019 recipient of the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Leadership Award.

The presentation was made by last year’s winner, Clear Lake Shores Mayor Pro-tem Amanda Fenwick, at the annual Athena Leadership Luncheon, held at South Shore Harbour Resort. Jill Reason served as emcee.

The ATHENA Leadership Award was inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment — qualities embodied in the Athena Leadership Model. The award is unique in both scope — local, national and international — and the Athena mission upon which it is based. The award is presented to a woman — or man — who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

Introducing her to the crowd, the emcee said “She demonstrates the qualities of excellence, creativity and initiative in every task she is associated with. Ashlea continually works for the better health of the community at large and to improve quality of life for all. She is heavily involved and committed on local, state and national levels on initiatives that impact all members of the community.

“Ashlea is a role model and mentor to all that come in contact with her. She informally mentors many women with her involvement in the Women Leaders of Memorial Hermann program and the Dress for Success Initiative. She has led the efforts for suits to be donated throughout the Memorial Hermann system to help women in the community who want to return to the work force dressed properly for job interviews. The “Send One Suit Drive” reached approximately 3,500 women in 2018 and in 2019 is slated to reach 4,000 women. This is in large part due to Ashlea’s efforts and partnerships across the City of Houston and surrounding areas.

“A fun fact about Ashlea is that she graduated from the FBI citizen’s academy a few years ago. “

Movers & Shakers: Rebecca Lilley

September 1st, 2018

Name: Rebecca Lilley

Occupation: Memorial Hermann director of Community Outreach and Physician Resources; League City Regional Chamber of Commerce chairman of the board

Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.

Current home: El Lago

Family: Son, Trent; and precious Australian Shepard, Wyatt

My favorite writer is: Agatha ChristieSomeone I’d like to meet: The late Alfred Hitchcock

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: No one. I love my life!

My favorite performers are: Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant

I like to spend my leisure time: Reading, riding bicycle

My favorite meal is: Chili Cheese Dog

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: An international flight attendant
You’ll never catch me: Awake after 11 p.m.

The thing that bugs me the most is: People that do not move over for emergency vehicles

My favorite movie is: The Trouble With Harry

Few people know: When I was 3 years old the doctors diagnosed me with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and told my parents I would be crippled and in a wheel chair for the rest of my life by the time I was 20. Prayer, faith and determination proved them wrong.

Memorial Hermann opens Care Center in League City

March 1st, 2018

Houston Rockets mascot Clutch joins League City Mayor Pat Hallisey for the Convenient Care Center ribbon cutting. Some of the other officials spotted in the large crowd that attended included Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, County Commissioner Ken Clark and City Councilman Larry Millican. Photo by Mary Alys Cherry

Residents in League City and surrounding communities now have access to Memorial Hermann’s newest Convenient Care Center, which includes a 24-hour Emergency Center. Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in League City is the health system’s sixth and largest Convenient Care Center in the Greater Houston area.

The new facility partners with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital to provide one-stop, highly coordinated access to adult and pediatric primary care through Memorial Hermann Medical Group, as well as specialty physicians, sports medicine and rehabilitation, outpatient imaging, breast care, lab services, and 24-hour emergency services.24

“Today we are confirming our commitment to provide access to high-quality healthcare throughout the Greater Houston area,” Memorial Hermann President and CEO Chuck Stokes said. “The League City community is a region that continues to experience exponential growth, and we are honored to be able to serve new and existing patients in the area with this new facility.”

Located off the Gulf Freeway at 2555 S. Gulf Freeway in Pinnacle Park, the Convenient Care Center will offer patients convenient options such as walk-in access and online scheduling. Primary care appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The outpatient imaging department will offer CT scan, X-ray, ultrasound and MRI services. In addition to these imaging services, Victory Women›s Imaging Center has relocated to the new facility offering breast care services including: 3-D mammography, breast ultrasound, bone density, breast MRI and breast biopsy.

“Providing residents in our region with high-quality healthcare is our mission and by opening a Convenient Care Center in the League City area, we are able to provide patients with additional access to both emergency and primary care close to home,” said Kyle Price, CEO of Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital.

Patients at the Convenient Care Center who need a higher level of care could be transferred to Memorial Hermann Southeast, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center or Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

For more information on the Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in League City and operating hours by department, call 713.222.CARE or visit

Memorial Hermann named one of the Nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics

December 3rd, 2016


Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital is once again named among the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics.

Four Memorial Hermann hospitals have been collectively named among the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, an IBM company.

Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, have been named among the 50 top Cardiovascular Hospitals eight times.

The Truven study, now in its 18th year, singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical, operational and financial performance in this critical area of hospital care. As is the case with the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals study, the rigorous processes used to calculate and measure hospital service lines leverage public data sources and risk-adjusted methodologies developed and maintained by Truven Health scientists over many years. The 100 Top Hospitals study is well-regarded for evaluating leadership impact in a hospital, as well as for evaluating quality indicators and efficiencies.

“These four hospitals have exhibited great diligence in providing the exceptional end-to-end patient care experiences that have become part of the Memorial Hermann Health System culture,” said       Dr. Angela A. Shippy, senior vice president, chief quality officer, Memorial Hermann Health System. “Truven is known for establishing high standards of excellence and we are extremely proud to once again be recognized among the best of the best.”

The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study measures performance in key performance areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost. The study has been conducted annually since 1999.

To determine the 50 top U.S. hospitals for heart care, Truven Health researchers analyzed 2014 and 2015 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2015 (2014 when 2015 was not available) Medicare cost reports, and the Hospital Compare dataset published in the second quarter of 2016 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Truven estimates that if all cardiovascular providers in the United States performed at the level of this year’s winners, more than 9,000 additional lives could be saved, more than 6,000 more heart patients could be complication-free and more than $1.4 billion could be saved in medical costs.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at

Memorial Hermann Plans Clear Lake Urgent Care

January 8th, 2016

Memorial_HermannMemorial Hermann is continuing its expansion into the Bay Area by announcing plans to open Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Clear Lake in the summer of 2016.

The new Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Clear Lake will be staffed with board-certified family medicine physicians from the Memorial Hermann Medical Group and will provide walk-in care for non-life-threatening health conditions. The new Urgent Care will offer surrounding communities the ease and convenience of extended medical care and will serve as an extension of a primary care physician’s office.

“Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Clear Lake is just another example of our commitment to serve the growing healthcare needs of the Bay Area on every level,” says Kyle Price, Sr. Vice President and CEO, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. “Memorial Hermann Urgent Care will also provide a convenient, affordable entry point to the whole gamut of high quality healthcare services offered by Memorial Hermann.”

Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Clear Lake will be part of an 11,500 square-foot medical facility that will also include a primary care physician office as well as sports medicine and rehabilitation services.

“Healthcare needs are changing and they don’t always fit a 9 to 5, Monday through Friday schedule so it’s important to make sure the full range of Memorial Hermann’s services are available to the community where and when they need them,” says Jennifer Zimmerman, Vice President of Operations at Memorial Hermann Medical Group.

Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Clear Lake will join Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Friendswood as Memorial Hermann’s second urgent care in the Bay Area.

“The City of Webster is excited that Memorial Hermann is expanding its presence inside the medical center of the South, where a super-regional population depends upon world class healthcare,” says Dr. Betsy Giusto, Economic Development Director, City of Webster.

Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Clear Lake will open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week for walk-in access and will be located at 19419-3 Gulf Freeway in Webster inside the shopping center at Bay Area Boulevard and I-45.

Memorial Hermann Announces Plans for League City Convenient Care Center

January 1st, 2016


Memorial Hermann is expanding into the Bay Area with plans to open its ninth Convenient Care Center in League City — a nearly 47,000 square-foot medical facility that will be the largest of its kind for Memorial Hermann.

Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in League City will be built in Pinnacle Park, a 100-acre mixed use town center development.

The new facility will be a free standing 24-hour emergency department that offers on-site imaging and lab services. Other components will include a breast center, physical therapy and a multi-specialty care clinic.

In addition, adult and primary care services from Memorial Hermann Medical Group physicians will be available. These unique services, all in one location, take the stress out of scheduling appointments.

“The Convenient Care Center provides convenient, walk-up access to a wide variety of high quality services offered through Memorial Hermann — from emergency care to primary care,” says Kyle Price, Memorial Hermann senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. “If a patient at the Convenient Care Center is evaluated and it’s determined they need an even higher level of care, they can be quickly and easily transferred to Memorial Hermann Southeast.”

The Convenient Care Center is modeled after sister facilities that are operational in Summer Creek, Pearland, South Katy and Sienna Plantation, and facilities currently or soon to be under construction in Cypress, Spring, Kingwood and Greater Heights.

“We want to be sure we are not just meeting the needs of the community, we want to exceed the needs of the community,” says Jim Brown, senior vice president and CEO of ambulatory services at Memorial Hermann. “The Convenient Care Center in League City will bring a new level of healthcare to the area from the Memorial Hermann name many have grown to trust.”

“We are excited to have Memorial Hermann expanding its services in League City,” says League City Mayor Tim Paulissen. “Our community is growing rapidly and we are eager to have Memorial Hermann grow with us to meet the needs of our community.”

Construction on the Convenient Care Center in League City is expected to begin in the summer of 2016 and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2017. Pinnacle Alliance Fund, Inc. is developing Pinnacle Park, which will also be home to the Houston area’s first Cabela’s store, currently under construction just north of where the Convenient Care Center will be located.

Construction of the Convenient Care Center is part of Memorial Hermann’s strategic growth initiative, Breaking New Ground. Through ongoing construction projects in some of the fastest growing areas of the region Memorial Hermann is working to fulfill its mission of “advancing health” in the communities it serves.

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