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OAKBEND MEDICAL GROUP OFFERS DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING

Effective Thursday, March 26, 2020, OakBend Medical Group will conduct COVID-19 Testing if, and only if, the patient meets the following criteria:

·         Initial criteria for the COVID-19 Testing will require a Telehealth visit:

o   A telehealth visit will be instituted by calling 281-238-7870

o   Our Medical staff will schedule a visit via tele health

o   The patient will be screened during the Telehealth visit for criteria that suggests a possible positive COVID-19.

§  Criteria for COVID-19 Testing:

·         Patients must have symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) AND have one of the following risk factors:

o   Older than 65 years old

o   People who have serious underlying health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease/asthma, HIV, immunocompromised)

o   Healthcare workers with suspected exposure

o   COVID-19 testing is 8am – 1pm with  the numbers of tests limited

o   All tests must have an order from the telehealth visit 

o   Test Results take 24-48 hours.

o   COVID-19 testing will be charged to patient insurance for patients that have Medicare, Medicaid or Commercial insurance.  For self-pay patients the cost of the test is $100 at the time of service. Patients must pay by credit/debit card prior to arriving for the COVID-19 testing.

o   The patient will be given instructions by the provider’s office to come to the testing site.   

Testing is done at our New Territory location: 4911 Sandhill Dr. Sugar Land, Tx77479

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Are you prepared for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you think that you may have the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Take these steps:

  1. Start with a call to your primary care physician.  You will be advised what to do next.
  2. Call ahead before going in person to any OakBend Medical Group clinic location.
  3. Don’t go to the emergency department for COVID-19 testing.  The emergency department is only for those who need the most critical care.

* If you have chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, a severe headache or other potentially life-threatening problems, go to the nearest emergency department or call 911.

For COVID-19 related questions, contact the Texas Department of State Health Services by email or by phone:

Email: coronavirus@dshs.texas.gov

For questions about COVID-19, dial 2-1-1, then choose Option 6.
Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 7 days per week.

For local assistance, see the listing of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‑19) Local Health Entities.

For more information related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)-
click here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

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Press Release for 2019 Physician of the Year

OAKBEND MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES
2019 PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR

Richmond, TX…Dr. Long Cao, M.D., FACC has received the 2019 Physician of the Year Award from OakBend Medical Center. The other nominees were Dr. David Chao and Dr. Chris Chen.

The Physician of the Year award, OakBend’s highest recognition, is presented annually to one outstanding physician who possesses significant practice experience, compassion, kindness and sincerity that translates not only to their patients, but to their nurses and other staff members that work closely with them. These physicians look and act professional at all times and are a role model both professionally and personally.

According to Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center, “Dr. Cao is excellent at making the complex simple. He is the ultimate team player and is there for all events and participates.”

Dr. Long Cao was born in Vietnam and raised in Houston.  With the support and encouragement of his parents, his lifelong dream of being a physician became a reality.

Cao graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University and is a medical graduate of the University of Texas.  He completed his residency training at Baylor College of Medicine and his Cardiology Fellowship in North Carolina.  

He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease.  He is also certified in Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Vascular Interpretation.

With a passion for teaching, Dr. Cao was an Associate Professor for Medicine and a public speaker where he enjoys speaking on cardiac disease and cardiac prevention awareness. 

A father of three, Dr. Cao enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring the outdoors, traveling and painting. He speaks English, Vietnamese and Spanish.

Accepting the award, Cao stated, “I never expected this, especially knowing Dr. Chen and Dr. Chao, they are way more deserving of this. I didn’t expect this yet; I wanted to work toward it. I saw Dr. Ceballos and Dr. Aly had received this award and I always wanted to work up to it and to be deserving of it. Now that I have received this, I’m going to keep working hard and make sure I deserve it.”

About OakBend Medical Center

OakBend Medical Center is the last remaining independent, nonprofit hospital in the Greater Houston area, providing exceptional service with its three hospitals and many specialty centers. OakBend follows an innovative model of care that makes the patient the captain of the care team, up-ending the traditional approach to nursing where the doctors and nurses act as leaders of the team. This patient-centered care drives OakBend’s services and programs, including its signature No Wait ER, an advanced trauma center and the Jack and Billie Wendt Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit.

We remain committed to developing the very best ways to care for our patients, ensuring a healthy future for generations to come.

 For more information, please visit www.oakbendmedcenter.org. Connect with us on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Snapchat.

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Press Release for Dr. Cindy John

OAKBEND MEDICAL GROUP ANNOUNCES NEW CARDIOLOGIST

Richmond, TX…OakBend Medical Group is proud to announce its newest Cardiologist, Dr. Cindy John. Born and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, she graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in 2010 with “High Honors.” John next graduated from Residency in Internal Medicine in 2013 at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Following her residency at Hahnemann, she graduated from its Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease in 2016.

Dr. John is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography and Nuclear Medicine. She has received Diplomate Status with both the National Board on Echocardiography and the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology. She is currently a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography.

John believes in treating every patient like they are her own mother, father, brother or sister. She loves to attend church, host family get-togethers, going on weekend getaways with her husband and playing with her dog Max.  She has a passion for prevention and works together with her patients to identify risks and take real steps toward changing outcomes. Taking time to listen to her patients, answer questions and provide individualized care help Dr. John a compassionate doctor with a strong bedside manner.

“Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. As your cardiologist, I care about you and I see you as so much more than a statistic. Let’s work together to come up with a plan so I can help you and your family take steps towards living a heart healthy life today,” states Dr. John.

About OakBend Medical Center:

OakBend Medical Center is the last remaining independent, nonprofit hospital in the Greater Houston area, providing exceptional service with its three hospitals and many specialty centers. OakBend follows an innovative model of care that makes the patient the captain of the care team, up-ending the traditional approach to nursing where the doctors and nurses act as leaders of the team. This patient-centered care drives OakBend’s services and programs, including its signature No Wait ER, an advanced trauma center and the Jack and Billie Wendt Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit.

We remain committed to developing the very best ways to care for our patients, ensuring a healthy future for generations to come.

 For more information, please visit www.oakbendmedcenter.org. Connect with us on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Snapchat.

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Press Release for Drs. Venyah and Wong

TWO NEW FAMILY PRACTICE PHYSICIANS JOIN
OAKBEND MEDICAL GROUP

Richmond, TX…OakBend Medical Group is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Titus Venyah and Dr. Harry Wong, both family practice physicians.

Dr. Harry Wong is a native Houstonian. He attended The University of St. Thomas in Houston, graduating with a B.A. in Chemistry. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston and did his Family Practice residency at St. Mary’s/St. Elizabeth’s Hospitals in Port Arthur and Beaumont, Texas, two of the cities in Texas’ Golden Triangle.

Wong’s patient care philosophy is that he sees his patients as family; he gives advice and treats them like he would any family member.

At the age of 47 Wong began running but then discovered dragon boat racing where he qualified for the nationals in a race where he was on the team representing the United States. They won!

Dr. Titus Venyah is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician. He completed training in 2003 with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan. He has worked in Primary care, Hospital medicine, Wound care, Hospice/Palliative care and Geriatrics including Medical director in Long term care and post-acute care facilities.

Prior to medicine he earned a Master degree in Exercise Physiology and worked in Cardiac Rehabilitation, exercise training and nutrition.

He is committed to excellence in the delivery of medicine to people and is a strong believer in educating his patients about healthy habits and their disease processes. He is skills allow him to help his patients manage a wide range of chronic diseases as well as acute illnesses. He seeks to establish a personal connection with all patients that he is involved with.

When not working, Dr. Venyah enjoys spending time with his wife and children, sporting activities, and worshiping God.

OakBend Medical Group is pleased to have the two new family practice physicians join their team.

About OakBend Medical Group

OakBend Medical Group a community-minded group of physicians who provide services in the heart of Fort Bend County. They offer many locations for the convenience of our patients. The  services are provided by excellent physicians whose specialties include Family Practice, Obstetrics and Gynecology, OrthopedicsSports Medicine ,GeriatricsCardiology, and Internal Medicine.

OakBend Medical Group is affiliated with the OakBend Medical Center, providing two campuses, both easily accessible with free parking for patient’s convenience . Find out more at www.oakbendmedicalgroup.com or follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OakbendMedGroup.

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Press Release for Measles

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE MEASLES CAN HURT YOU

Measles, sometimes referred to as rebeola or red measles, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that can spread through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. The virus can float in the air up to one hour after someone coughs or sneezes indoors.

As of today, there are seven cases of measles reported in Texas with one more suspected in Galveston County. And, while none have been reported in Fort Bend County, the Center for Disease Control (CDC)  has reported that there are three active cases in Harris County.

“The spreading of this disease can be stopped. All that is needed is the vaccine MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella and varicella [chicken pox]). In general most children get the vaccine as part of their regular shots which is why measles are rare in the U.S. It is the unvaccinated that spread the disease,” stated Dr. Joe Anzuldúa, with OakBend Medical Group.

There is a faction of parents that believe the MMR Vaccine can cause autism in their children. As in most controversies, there are two sides but the CDC published a study (https://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476(13)00144-3/pdf?ext=.pdf) stating that there is no link between vaccines and autism.

On average it takes between seven and 14 days after exposure to see signs of the measles with the first noticeable sign being high fever of 102+ then two to three days after the fever the characteristic red rash begins to form at the hairline and travels downward. Other symptoms include a cough, red watery eyes and runny nose. Measles are contagious four days before and four days after the onset of the rash.

Measles are so contagious that 90% of unvaccinated people that are exposed will get the infection. So what can you do? If you are a parent, please get your children vaccinated. The first dose (MMR) is administered between 12 and 15 months and the second dose (MMRV) should be administered between the ages of four and six. The first shot is 93% effective in preventing measles and the second shot is 97% effective.

If you are an adult traveling abroad, check the CDC website at www.cdc.gov  to see if there is an outbreak in the country you are planning to visit. Currently Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific all have outbreaks of measles.  If you are not sure you have been vaccinated there are two options. The first is to have a blood test done but this extremely expensive and take a while to get the results. The fasted and easiest way is to get the vaccine. Even if you were inoculated as a child, getting the shot again is not harmful.

Should you suspect that you or your child has contracted measles, consult a physician immediately. While there is no specific treatment for measles, lab tests can be done to confirm the infection. Once you or your child has the measles, you can expect for it to take approximately three to five days before the rash to begin to fade. Without complications those that have measles usually start to recover as soon at the rash appears and feel back to normal in two to three weeks. However, up to 40% of patients have complications which can lead to pneumonia and even death especially in young children and older adults.

About OakBend Medical Center

OakBend Medical Center is the last remaining independent, nonprofit hospital in the Greater Houston area, providing exceptional service with its four hospitals and many specialty centers. We recognize the importance of being connected to our community. Our patients are our neighbors, our family, and our friends. By acting with integrity and compassion, and each person taking ownership for providing quality care, we illustrate an absolute commitment to excellence in all that we do. We remain committed to developing the very best ways to care for our patients, ensuring a healthy future for generations to come.

OakBend Medical Center distinguishes itself among its healthcare peers in Fort Bend County by housing several unique programs and facilities including:

•             No Wait Emergency Room

•             Hospital-based Skilled Nursing Facility

•             Advanced (Level III) Trauma Program

•             Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit

•             Geriatric Psychiatric Unit

•             Permanent Hospital-based Air Ambulance

For more information, please visit www.oakbendmedcenter.org. Connect with us on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Snapchat.

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Press Release for Sports Physicals

OAKBEND MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES SPORTS PHYSICALS AND SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH SCREENINGS IN RICHMOND AND WHARTON

Richmond, TX…OakBend Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has scheduled three days for sports physicals and sudden cardiac death screenings in the Fort Bend and Wharton area.

The cost is $20 cash and includes all screenings. The dates and locations are:

Saturday, May 18 from 8am – Noon at the Williams Way location, 22003 SW Freeway, Richmond;

Tuesday, May 21 from 4pm-7pm at the Wharton location, 10141 US Hwy 59 Rd., Wharton, Texas; and

Saturday, July 13 from 8am – Noon at the Williams Way location, 22003 SW Freeway, Richmond;

Unlike many sports physical events, OakBend Medical Group doctors will be performing many of the tests and reviewing all test results on site.  Dr. Long Cao will be covering the cardiac portion of the testing which includes EKGs and echocardiograms to help prevent sudden death. Last year there were two students with potential problems that were found early.

Dr. David Wallace, sports medicine, will be performing physicals; Dr. Christine Nguyen, podiatrist, will do foot exams to make sure the students are wearing the proper shoes and Drs. Fred Speck and Enrique Pena-Garcia, orthopedics, will be there to address any issues that might be found with the students and to sign off on the exams.

No appointments is necessary, students will be seen in the order of arrival. Please show up with the student’s paperwork filled out to expedite the process. Students must be accompanied by an adult.

Should you have any questions, please contact Linda Drummond at 281-341-2864 or email at ldrummond@obmc.org.

About OakBend Medical Center

OakBend Medical Center is the last remaining independent, nonprofit hospital in the Greater Houston area, providing exceptional service with its four hospitals and many specialty centers. OakBend follows an innovative model of care that makes the patient the captain of the care team, up-ending the traditional approach to nursing where the doctors and nurses act as leaders of the team. This patient-centered care drives OakBend’s services and programs, including its signature No Wait ER, an advanced trauma center and the Jack and Billie Wendt Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit.

We remain committed to developing the very best ways to care for our patients, ensuring a healthy future for generations to come. For more information, please visit www.oakbendmedcenter.org. Connect with us on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Snapchat

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Feature Story for 70th Anniversary

OakBend Medical Center’s Roots Run Deep

On January 15, 2020, OakBend Medical Center celebrates its 70th Birthday. During the past 70 years, the hospital has continued to service the community and to expand and grow. Today it is the largest healthcare system in Fort Bend County, and the only remaining independent hospital in the Greater Houston area. The hospital’s roots run deep in the community.

On July 23, 1947, A.P. George, Mamie E. George, A.E. Myers, C.L. Dutton, J.A. Wessendorff, W.C. Minkwitz, Wharton Weems, Colonel P.E. Peareson, R.M. Darst, W.H. Morehead, and John M. Moore, Jr. met at the A.P. George farm. Invited by Mr. and Mrs. A.P. George, these public-spirited citizens came together for the purpose of organizing and establishing a hospital in Fort Bend County. This group of individuals unanimously agreed to associate themselves with the hospital.

During this meeting, they reviewed findings on the health needs of Fort Bend County and concluded that a real need existed for a hospital in the area. Mr. and Mrs. A.P. George donated The J.H.P. Davis home, which consisted of approximately twenty-five acres, as the site for the hospital.

In October 1947, Polly Ryon Memorial Hospital was chartered as a nonprofit hospital. A.E. Myers was elected President of the Board of Directors. Other board members included John M. Moore, C.L. Dutton, W.C. Minkwitz, A.P. George, Mrs. Mamie E. George, Joe A. Wessendorff, Wharton Weems, R.M. Darst, P.E. Peareson and W.H. Morehead.

The hospital was completed with 51 fully equipped beds, and on January 15, 1950, the formal opening ceremonies of the hospital were held. The first patient was admitted at 8:00 p.m. on the same day. Since that time, the hospital has not wavered from its mission: To provide exceptional, compassionate health care for our community, regardless of ability to pay.

Due to the increasing number of patients requiring hospital treatment, in 1957 the facilities of Polly Ryon Memorial Hospital were expanded to include a new patient wing consisting of 26 private and two semi-private rooms and a nursing station with storage area. Other features included an emergency area, an autopsy room and storage space.

The needs of the community continued to grow and in 1962 and 1963, Polly Ryon Memorial Hospital spent over half a million dollars in renovations and expansion.  The additions included a Physical Therapy Department and a surgery and recovery room. A complete Obstetrical Department, with 14 patient beds, four labor rooms, two delivery rooms and a nursery was also added. During the renovations and additions, the Business Office was remodeled and expanded along with the construction of the Administrator’s Office and Medical Records Department and the C.V. Nichols Memorial.

In 1969 it was necessary for the facilities of Polly Ryon Memorial Hospital to be expanded once again. A complete new wing was added which included 36 patient beds, a Coronary Care Unit with five beds, lobby, waiting rooms and modern nurses’ station with a separate unit for preparing medications. Additionally, other areas that were added or expanded included a new Laboratory, X-ray, dietary, mechanical and storage facilities. Once again, the cost was over half a million dollars to renovate the hospital.

On October 29, 1986, all but one wing of the facility was demolished and a new 185-bed facility was opened to better serve the community. In 2004, Polly Ryon Memorial Hospital changed its name to OakBend Medical Center.

Continuing to grow and serve the community, in 2009 OakBend Medical Center opened its Williams Way Campus at 22003 Southwest Freeway, Richmond, Texas 77469 with 57 beds and in 2012, OakBend Medical Center’s Jackson Street location at 1705 Jackson Street, Richmond, Texas 77469 expanded to 184 beds.

In 2015, OakBend created a first-ever capital campaign. Vision 2020, a five-year campaign, provided for the comprehensive renovation of its Jackson Street Campus. It was designed to create an environment that reflects OakBend’s commitment to excellence. The completed projects included the renovation of the exterior of the building, improvements to the ICU, emergency and skilled nursing departments, and the full renovation of both the 4th and 5th floors. Remaining projects included in Vision 2020 include improvements to the first floor common spaces and elevators, along with additional upgrades in the emergency department and skilled nursing facility.

After Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton, Texas, closed its doors in November of 2016, the sign on the front door directed people to a hospital 20 minutes away. That can seem like an eternity if the patient is in pain or in need of urgent medical care. After a long and sometimes bumpy ride, OakBend Medical Center took on the challenge to establish a hospital in the building that formerly housed Gulf Coast Medical Center and bring emergency and medical services back to Wharton. It opened its emergency room doors on June 4, 2018.

Eight weeks after opening OakBend Medical Center-Wharton Hospital Campus, the hospital was exceeding expectations. From the opening on June 4th through July 30th, the hospital’s signature No Wait Hospital Emergency Room saw more than 1,500 patients. The radiology department had been busy as well, handling more than 1,300 patients with CT, ultrasound and x-ray services.

OakBend houses several unique programs and facilities including the county’s only no-wait emergency departments, hospital-based skilled nursing facility, advanced trauma program, acute care for the elderly (ACE) unit, geriatric psychiatric program, and permanent hospital-based air ambulance. It also has numerous programs designed to meet the needs of the community including advanced wound care services, a heart attack program, and a Gold Plus-rated stroke program.

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Why Do Kids Need to See a Podiatrist?

Taking a child to a Podiatrist gives the doctor a chance to see that the child is growing and developing normally. Often time’s parents forget that their children’s feet are the foundation of the whole body.  It is not uncommon for the foot and ankle problems in children to go undetected due to the signs and symptoms being subtle or children being unable to express what the problem is. It is oftentimes the responsibility of any parents to take their child in to be checked on early and on a regular basis to prevent and pain with the feet later in life.

Children are affected by many foot conditions and problems, including in-toeing, clubfoot, plantar warts, fractures, flat feet, sprains and ingrown toenails.

  1. Ingrown Toenails is when the edge of the nail grows into the skin adjacent to it. Often times in children it is due to poor fitting shoes.  Signs and symptoms to beware of are red, swollen and painful toes.
  2. Plantar warts is a lesion on the bottom of the foot caused by virus. Commonly seen in children due to developing immunity. Signs of a wart are of appearance of black dots in tiny clusters.
  3. Flatfeet which are feet with low to no arch. Symptoms includes aching foot, leg pain and difficult walking.
  4. Heel pain for children is commonly known as Sever Disease, which is pain along the growth plate at the back of the heel.

Some of these conditions take on different characteristics or may occur more frequently in children due to the nature of their developing bodies and their active lifestyles. Many of these issues can be addressed with customs orthotics, stretching exercises and physical therapy. It is essential to see a Pediatric Foot Specialist to ensure your kid feet are happy and health.

written by Christine Nguyen,DPM

Christine Nguyen, DPM

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Knock Out The Flu!- Flu Shots Now Available

We have flu shots available for ages 4 years old and older for $25 ONLY! If you are 65+ and needing the high risk dose please call our office for details

No appointment needed! Walk-ins are welcome. If you have any questions or would like more details, please call your physician office at 281.238.7870

**INSURANCE ACCEPTED**

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