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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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10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms. If you notice any of them, don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Memory loss that disrupts daily life
One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the early stage, is forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same information over and over, and increasingly needing to rely on memory aids (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own.

What’s a typical age-related change?
Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later.

2.Challenges in planning or solving problems
Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before.

What’s a typical age-related change?
Making occasional errors when balancing a checkbook.

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
People with Alzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game.

What’s a typical age-related change?
Occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or to record a television show.

4. Confusion with time or place
People with Alzheimer’s can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there.

What’s a typical age-related change?
Getting confused about the day of the week but figuring it out later.

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
For some people, having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer’s. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast, which may cause problems with driving.

What’s a typical age-related change?
Vision changes related to cataracts.

6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the right word or call things by the wrong name (e.g., calling a “watch” a “hand-clock”).

What’s a typical age-related change?
Sometimes having trouble finding the right word.

7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places. They may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find them again. Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing. This may occur more frequently over time.

What’s a typical age-related change?
Misplacing things from time to time and retracing steps to find them.

8. Decreased or poor judgment
People with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgment or decision-making. For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean.

What’s a typical age-related change?
Making a bad decision once in a while.

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
A person with Alzheimer’s may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. They may have trouble keeping up with a favorite sports team or remembering how to complete a favorite hobby. They also may avoid being social because of the changes they have experienced.

What’s a typical age-related change?
Sometimes feeling weary of work, family and social obligations.

10. Changes in mood and personality
The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer’s can change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone

What’s a typical age-related change?
Developing very specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when a routine is disrupted.

 

 

Reference

https://alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/10_signs

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Diabetic Foot Care

If you are among one of the millions of people in the United States with diabetes, it is important to visit your podiatrist for regular foot examinations in order to maintain healthy feet and a strong body.

Did you know that Diabetics are more prone to various foot problems than those without diabetes due to the peripheral neuropathy? Patients with neuropathy developed nerve damage and this can lead to the loss of feeling in your feet, making it difficult to detect pain and temperatures changes, as compared to someone who does not have diabetes. As a result, a diabetic could sustain a serious cut or wound and without notice and this could lead to serious infections and even possibilities of amputations. Many diabetic foot problems can be prevented in some measure by improving blood sugar levels, strengthening your immune system, avoid smoking and examine your feet daily.

Daily Feet Exam is the most effective and least expensive measure to prevent any foot complications. For diabetic patient the daily recommendations are to wash your feet daily with warm water and mild soap. After washing, make sure you dry your feet thoroughly, especially in-between the toes. Also apply non-irritating moisturizer to prevent cracks to the skin. In addition, it is also important to keep your toenails trimmed neatly and never attempt to cut your own callous or corns as it can lead to infections if done improperly. Annual examinations by your podiatrist can detect any signs of changes to your feet with can be detrimental to your health.  Early detection and simple care are just a few things that can be done to control and prevent complications as they arise.

Your podiatrist plays a critical role in the prevention and management of complications of the foot in diabetics. Talk to your podiatrist today to see what you can do now to keep your feet safe, strong, and healthy.

Christine Nguyen, DPM

 

 

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If I have Alzheimer’s?

How do I know if I have Alzheimer’s? – Video from OakBend Medical Group. Please watch the video

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