St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Announce Cancer Care Clinic
Future Clinic to Provide M. D. Anderson Care in Fort Bend CountyM. D. Anderson News Release 01/23/09
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital are bringing innovative cancer care to southwest Houston by fall, 2009. M. D. Anderson will provide cancer care services that complement the broad spectrum of inpatient and outpatient care services currently offered at St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital.
Occupying space in the medical office building attached to St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital, M. D. Anderson will operate a clinical care center that includes radiation and medical oncology services, outpatient chemotherapy, laboratory services and a pharmacy. One linear accelerator and related equipment planning system is set, with a second accelerator planned for future needs. A team of M. D. Anderson employees led by two medical oncologists and one radiation oncologist will staff the center. The medical office building, which was designed and is owned by Medistar Corporation, will house the clinic on the first and second floors of the building.
"St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital is proud to affiliate with such a prestigious name in cancer care," said Beryl Ramsey, chief executive officer, St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital, and vice president, St. Luke's Episcopal Health System. "This new service provided by M. D. Anderson offers even more options for high quality health care available to the residents of Fort Bend County."
The comprehensive clinical care cancer center in Sugar Land will be M. D. Anderson's second satellite center to open offering radiation treatment, medical oncology, chemotherapy infusion and related services. The first comprehensive clinical center opened in Nassau Bay in July 2007 with two medical oncologists and one radiation oncologist. Community facilities in Katy, Bellaire, the Woodlands, and Fort Bend (Richmond) offer only radiation treatment services.
"We are delighted to join with St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital to bring M. D. Anderson's quality care and clinical trials program to this rapidly growing area of Houston," said Tom Burke, M.D., executive vice president and physician-in-chief, M. D. Anderson. "As our arc of outreach broadens and deepens, we can reach out to not only thriving suburban areas like Sugar Land but other rural areas that surround them. Providing this kind of access to M. D. Anderson's level of cancer care is fundamental to our mission to eradicate cancer."
When the clinical care center opens in Sugar Land, some established M. D. Anderson patients who live in the area will be able to receive treatment or complete lab work without driving into the Texas Medical Center. The facility also will be available to those newly diagnosed with cancer.
St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital features comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services. Included in the facility are beautifully decorated private rooms built according to evidence-based design to further the quality of care offered to patients, and a full floor dedicated to women's services, including a newborn nursery and a level 2 neonatal intensive care unit. Critical care services include a 16-bed intensive care unit, eight surgical suites, special procedure rooms, two cardiac catheterization labs, and a 12-room emergency department with five pediatric observation rooms. Diagnostic and imaging services include a 1.5T MRI and a 64-slice CT scan, both with cardiac capability. Texas Children's Hospital® provides neonatology coverage and emergency services* for pediatric patients.
"St. Luke's Episcopal Health System has worked closely with M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and Texas Children's Hospital for many years, and is pleased to bring this combination of quality healthcare to one location in Sugar Land," said Irene S. Helsinger, chair of the board, St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital, and chief administrative officer and senior vice president, St. Luke's Episcopal Health System. "This will be a great benefit to the Fort Bend area community".
*Physicians are employed by Baylor College of Medicine 0/23/09